Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Dayan Viciedo hit a go-ahead three-run shot in the seventh as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3, Saturday in the third game of a four-game series at Rogers Centre.
Viciedo erased a 2-0 deficit by hitting Dustin McGowan’s first pitch into the left-field seats while Alexei Ramirez added an insurance RBI single in the eighth as the White Sox (38-44) clinched their second straight win in the series after dropping the opener.
The White Sox also improved to 3-7 on their current 11-game road trip. After losing 10 of their last 12 games away from U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago improved its road record to 17-26
Chris Sale (7-1) earned the win after seven strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits with a season-high five walks and six strikeouts. Zach Putnam got the final four outs to pick up his first career save.
McGowan (4-3) took the loss after giving up two runs on three hits in one inning of action as the Blue Jays slipped to 45-38.
Rookie starter Marcus Stroman allowed two runs on two hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Toronto got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth. After Sale issued a two-out walk to Colby Rasmus, Darin Mastroianni, who was recalled prior to the game, hit his first homer of the season to left-center field to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead.
Stroman held the White Sox off the board through six innings but surrendered a two-out double to Jose Abreu before walking Adam Dunn to put two on as Viciedo came to the plate and went yard off McGowan with his eighth of the season.
The White Sox used three relievers to finish off Sale’s win with Putnam earning the save after staving off another Blue Jays rally.
The White Sox will go for their first series victory on their current road trip Sunday after losing sets in Baltimore and Minnesota. They will put Jose Quintana (4-7) on the mound against Mark Buehrle (10-4).