TORONTO – The White Sox went 18 innings Wednesday through Friday without scoring a run before Jose Abreu opened the floodgates.
Abreu hit two of four Sox home runs Friday night against the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre on the way to a 5-4 victory, their second in nine games on their road trip.
Sox left-hander John Danks earned his seventh victory of the season after allowing two runs on five hits, walking none and striking out two.
The Sox victory came with yet another dramatic outing from the bullpen.
Sox closer Ronald Belisario entered in the ninth with a 5-2 lead, but he allowed a solo home run to Colby Rasmus to start off. He also allowed one-out singles to Munenori Kawasaki and Anthony Gose before Sox manager Robin Ventura pulled Belisario in favor of left-hander Eric Surkamp. In his second game with the Sox since being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, Surkamp saw the Blue Jays load the bases on Conor Gillaspie's fielding error.
Jake Petricka then entered to pitch, and Jose Reyes beat out a double play, allowing the Blue Jays to cut the Sox lead to 5-4. With runners on the corners and two outs, Petricka prompted Melky Cabrera to ground out to preserve the victory.
Abreu hit a solo home run to the second deck in left field to provide a 1-0 lead over the Blue Jays in the fifth inning. Abreu's 24th home run of the season was the first hit of the night against Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey.
He now has hit home runs against four former Cy Young winners in the first three months of his career: Dickey, Clayton Kershaw, David Price and Justin Verlander (twice).
Dayan Viciedo followed with his own solo home run with two outs in the fifth. He hit his seventh of the season to right field to give the Sox a 2-0 lead.
The Blue Jays countered with a pair of home runs in the sixth inning off Danks to tie the game at 2-2.
Danks had retired nine straight batters since the third inning, including the first two of the sixth, before Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo home run to left-center field to pull ahead of Abreu with 25 homers this season. Dioner Navarro then stepped to the plate and added the second homer to left field.
The Sox came back in the seventh inning with two more homers against Dickey. Abreu even again with Encarnacion for his fourth multi-homer game this season, and Alexei Ramirez added a two-run shot that gave the Sox a 5-2 lead and pushed Dickey from the game. Ramirez previously hadn't had an RBI since May 26.
The four home runs were the most hit against Dickey in a game since 2006 against the Tigers.
Sox center fielder Adam Eaton sat out Friday's game with lingering soreness in his legs.
Eaton was pulled from Thursday's 7-0 loss to the Blue Jays after his first inning at-bat because of the leg problems, which manager Robin Ventura said are likely similar to the hamstring issues he had in the past, but not as severe.
Leury Garcia started in center field in place of Eaton.
"Just making sure you can get him healthy and get him where he needs to be so we don't lose him for 15 days," Ventura said. "He's a guy who has to use his legs, and if his legs aren't very good, chances are he's not going to be very good."
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