Blue Jays overcome 7 solo homers, hold off White Sox 10-8

June 25, 2016
Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna celebrates after the Blue Jays defeated the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox tied a team record with seven home runs, but it wasn’t enough as Edwin Encarnacion drove in four runs, Devon Travis homered and the Toronto Blue Jays held on to beat Chicago 10-8 Saturday.

All seven homers were solo shots. Brett Lawrie became the first White Sox player since Ron Santo in 1974 to hit inside-the-park and over-the-wall homers in the same game, and Chicago hit three straight home runs in the second inning.

Dioner Navarro, J.B. Shuck, Tim Anderson, Alex Avila and Adam Eaton all went deep for the White Sox, who matched the club record for homers set at the Kansas City Athletics on April 23, 1955.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (5-8) matched a career high by allowing four home runs. He gave up five runs — four earned — and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings in Toronto’s first win over Chicago in five meetings this season. Roberto Osuna gave up Eaton’s homer in the ninth before earning his 15th save in 17 chances, closing just the second win for the Blue Jays in their last six games.

Miguel Gonzalez (1-3) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Encarnacion, Michael Saunders and Troy Tulowitzki had consecutive RBI doubles in a three-run first, and Travis hit a two-run drive in the second off Gonzalez.

With Chicago trailing 5-0 in the second inning on a hot, windy day, Lawrie drove a Dickey fastball to left and second base umpire Ted Barrett signaled home run as the ball bounced back onto the field. Saunders, the left fielder, didn’t chase the ball, but Lawrie continued to run hard around the bases.

The umpires conferred, ruled the ball didn’t clear the fence, and awarded Lawrie his first career inside-the-park homer despite objections from Toronto manager John Gibbons.

Navarro and Shuck then pulled knuckleballs to right, marking the ninth time Chicago has hit three straight homers in a game.

Encarnacion hit a two-run single an inning later as Toronto built an 8-3 lead.

Lawrie went deep again to left in the fourth and added an RBI single off Gavin Floyd in the sixth. Anderson homered in the seventh off Drew Storen.

Avila’s long ball off Jason Grilli in the eighth made it 8-7. But Encarnacion’s had his third hit and second double in Toronto’s two-run ninth.


Blue Jays: 1B Justin Smoak (knee) sat out a second straight game, but Gibbons said “it shouldn’t be much longer.” . Floyd left with right shoulder tightness after facing two batters in the sixth.

White Sox: 1B Justin Morneau (elbow surgery) took batting practice for the first time since signing earlier this month. Morneau aims to play after the All-Star break. . 1B Jose Abreu (hamstring) went 0 for 4 after sitting out Friday.


White Sox LHP Chris Sale (12-2, 2.83 ERA) seeks to become the majors’ first 13-game winner in Sunday’s series finale. Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman (6-3, 5.23) gave up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in his last start.

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