Blue Jays fall 7-6 to White Sox
Chicago White Sox's Adam LaRoche is safe at home after Toronto Blue Jays' Dioner Navarro misses a tag during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AP / Matt Marton)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:31AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 9, 2015 1:35AM EDT
CHICAGO - After a base-running gaffe in the top of the 11th, Adam Eaton quickly magnified the mistake for the Blue Jays with a game-ending homer.
Eaton hammered a 1-0 pitch to right field off reliever Roberto Osuna (1-3) for his sixth homer of the season and gave the Chicago White Sox a 7-6 win over Toronto on Wednesday night.
In the top of the inning, pinch-runner Ryan Goins got caught in between second and third on Devon Travis' groundball to shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who made a nice backhanded stop. Goins didn't wait for the ball to get through and was caught in between for an out.
"That turned out being the game maybe right there," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.
Josh Donaldson hit a pair of doubles and drove in two runs for Toronto.
Zach Putnam (3-3) pitched a scoreless 11th and White Sox relievers shut out the Blue Jays for 6 2/3 innings, giving up two hits.
"That's a game you need to win," said Gibbons. "They outpitched us. That's the bottom line."
Osuna thought Eaton was going to try to bunt after attempting to put one down on the first pitch.
"I tried to go in. I thought he was going to bunt. The pitch was right there," said Osuna.
Eaton admitted that he changed his approach after the first pitch and was sitting on a fastball.
"I thought the next one was going to be a heater. I have to admit that was the first time I tried to hit a homer," said Eaton.
Avisal Garcia had four hits, matching a career high, and the White Sox have won six of their last eight games.
Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison ran into trouble in the first inning. He allowed a leadoff walk to Eaton, then Jose Abreu singled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
Eaton scored on a sacrifice fly by Melky Cabrera. With runners on first and second, Adam LaRoche doubled to extend the lead to 3-0. LaRoche was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple.
In the third inning with the bases loaded and no outs, Jose Reyes hit a two-run single and Donaldson followed with an RBI double off White Sox starter John Danks. Edwin Encarnacion gave the Blue Jays a 4-3 lead with a sacrifice fly.
The White Sox got help in the fourth inning when Toronto centre fielder Kevin Pillar lost Abreu's ball in the lights, which ended up being a double. Abreu scored on Garcia's single to tie the game.
Donaldson got the lead back for Toronto with an RBI double off the right-field fence in the fifth inning. Jose Bautista chased Danks with a single up the middle to score Donaldson and give Toronto a 6-4 lead.
Toronto reliever Liam Hendricks gave up a two-out RBI single to Carlos Sanchez in the sixth inning. After Hendricks was pulled, reliever Aaron Loup gave up an infield RBI single to Eaton to tie the game at six.
For the first time since May 9, the White Sox scored more than four runs at home.
Hutchison pitched five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, while striking out six and walking two. Hutchison, who has received the most run support in baseball, had his ERA rise to 5.33. He left the game with a 6-4 lead, failing to get his ninth victory.
"Our offence came back and did a great job like they've been doing. Just need to go deeper in games," said Hutchison.
Danks gave up six runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
"It wasn't pretty," said Danks. "I'm just not throwing enough strikes. I'm getting deep in counts, there was a couple of times where I didn't make a good pitch. I just wasn't very sharp all the way around."
BLUE JAYS: RHP Aaron Sanchez, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right lat, pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits in a rehab stint for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays of the rookie league on Tuesday. He's been on the disabled list since June 6 with the shoulder injury. He is 5-4 with a 3.55 ERA.
The Blue Jays and White Sox conclude their four-game series Thursday. Toronto starts R.A. Dickey (3-9) against Jeff Samardzija (5-4). Dickey is 0-6 on the road with a 6.10 ERA. In his last start against the Blue Jays, Samardzija allowed one unearned run in seven innings.