The White Sox hit three home runs on the starter Hyun Jin Ryu before surviving a five-point blast from Toronto in the sixth inning at Rogers Center.
Eloy Jiminez added an insurance run with a solo shot in the ninth and Craig Kimbrel won their 24th save as the White Sox recovered a four-game series division. The leaders of the Central American League inflicted on the Blue Jays (66-60) their ninth loss in 13 games.
“You have to give credit to this lineup because (Ryu) made some great throws and they hit the ball,” said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. “He wasn’t really hit that hard, but the circuits had him today. “
Cesar Hernandez, Louis robert and Jose Abreu went deep to take a quick lead over Chicago as the southpaw Carlos Rodon kept the Blue Jays in check on his first start in nearly three weeks.
Marcus seeds hit a solo shot in the first inning for Toronto and had a two-run explosion – his 32nd homer of the season – in the sixth.
With the loss, Toronto fell five games behind the Red Sox in the race for second place in the American League wild card. The Blue Jays’ odds of qualifying for the playoffs have fallen to 9.2 percent, according to FanGraphs.
With 36 games to go, Toronto needs to play .667 the rest of the course (24-12) just to reach the 90-win mark. Boston was scheduled to face the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
“We just have to work on it and try to fight every game with (a little more) a month left in the season,” Ryu said through a translator.
Ryu (12-7) allowed seven hits and tied a season-high with seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. He walked a batter and hit four strikeouts.
It was Rodon’s first start (10-5) since August 7. He was reinstated on the 10-day injured list (left shoulder fatigue) before the match.
Hernandez responded to Semien’s first home run in the second inning with his own solo shot. It was his 21st homerun of the season.
Chicago (74-55) hit back-to-back home runs in a three-run third. Robert’s two-point shot was his fourth homer of the year and Abreu followed with his 27th shot of the season.
Leury garciaChicago’s fourth three-run inning was doubled by two runs and forced Ryu out.
Rodon, meanwhile, sailed until the sky opened up to the fifth. As the retractable roof slowly closed, the Blue Jays took the lead when Reese McGuire marked on a Semien single.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., opted to place Semien in third place before the game was delayed about 10 minutes so the field team could rake the fresh dirt on the soggy mound.
When play resumed, Rodon withdrew Teoscar Hernandez to end the threat. The all-star southpaw allowed five hits, two earned runs and one walk and had three strikeouts in five innings.
Montoyo turned to low-leverage pitching options with the White Sox well ahead. Brad la main allowed two runs in the sixth as the White Sox continued.
Chicago reliever Michael Kopech was charged with five points in the Toronto half of the period. It was Semien’s third multi-home game of the season and the ninth of his career.
“It’s the best attacking game we’ve had in a while,” said Montoyo. “It was good to see that we came back to make it a game. A good job from our team which plays one of the best baseball teams and which scores 2 and 2. ”
The White Sox, who beat the Blue Jays 12-10, have double-digit points for the 12th time this season. Chicago moved 9-1 / 2 games ahead of second-place Cleveland.
“Our guys came here smoking offensively,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “There’s an old adage that goes ‘If you’re lucky enough to play in October, some of the best wins are the hardest.’ “
The turnout was 14,958 – a sold-out under COVID-19 pandemic restrictions – and the game took three hours and 14 minutes to play.
Notes: The in-house DJ had fun during the rare weather delay by playing Rihanna’s hit “Umbrella” as the rain fell. … Blue Jays bench coach John Schneider was sent off in the seventh inning by home plate umpire Jordan Baker. … Toronto outfielder George Springer (knee) participated in pre-game baserunning drills and took part in batting practice. The team has not set a date for their return. … The Blue Jays will start a series of weekends Friday in Detroit. Left handed Steven Matz (10-7, 3.94) and right-hander of the Tigers Matt Manning (3-5, 5.91) are the scheduled starters.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 26, 2021.
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