TORONTO – The Chicago White Sox and left-hander Chris Sale accomplished a feat against the Toronto Blue Jays that they couldn't in the first three months of the season: They won on a Saturday.
The Sox started the second half of their season off right with a 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Sale lasted seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits, walking five and striking out six.
Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer and Alexei Ramirez came up with a pinch-hit RBI single to push the Sox to their second straight win.
Sox manager Robin Ventura stripped Ronald Belisario of the title of team closer Friday night, but the Sox bullpen still made it interesting. Zach Putnam, who had entered to pitch in the eighth, allowed a run to score in the ninth, but he finished out the game for the save.
Sale held the Blue Jays scoreless until the fourth inning, when he walked Colby Rasmus and then gave up a two-run homer to Darin Mastroianni for a 2-0 Blue Jays lead. Mastroianni had started the season 0-for-14 before the homer and joined the Blue Jays on Saturday morning from Triple A.
After totaling only one hit through the first six innings against Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman, the Sox came up with two big hits in the seventh to take the lead. Jose Abreu hit a two-out double to left-center field, and after Adam Dunn walked, Blue Jays reliever Dustin McGowan replaced Stroman. Viciedo then hit McGowan's first pitch high into the left-field stands for a three-run homer and a 3-2 Sox lead.
Ramirez was slated to have the day off, but he did some work in the eighth inning. After Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham reached on back-to-back two-out singles, Ramirez had a pinch-hit RBI single to left field to push the Sox lead to 4-2.
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