Blue Jays offence erupts for 5 late runs to lead comeback over White Sox
Toronto takes 8th-inning lead on Teoscar Hernandez fielder's choice
Randal Grichuk hit a long home run and the Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of a season-high four errors by Chicago as well as a bases-loaded walk to beat the AL Central-leading White Sox 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Grichuk hit a 451-foot drive leading off the second inning. Toronto rookie Alek Manoah threw five solid innings in his third major league start and the Blue Jays won despite another strong start by Chicago's Lance Lynn.
"It's been really humid," said Manoah. "A lot of guys were sweating like crazy. I think I went through like three jerseys tonight. At points, my hand was really wet. I was just trying to keep the team in the ballgame and make some pitches."
The White Sox were sailing along with a 2-1 lead after Lynn struck out nine over seven innings. But a shaky bullpen and poor defense spoiled things for Chicago.
Toronto scored three runs in the eighth and tacked on two more in the ninth.
"We made those breaks, because of the way we ran," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "When you do that, infielders rush a little bit. And that's what happened. Credit to our guys."
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Jays take advantage of White Sox mistakes
Aaron Bummer (0-4) walked Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with the bases loaded in the eighth to force in the tying run. Two more scored when shortstop Tim Anderson overthrew first trying to complete a double play on Teoscar Hernandez's grounder against Codi Heuer, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead.
Toronto tacked on two more in the ninth, aided by more shaky defence.
"It did get sloppy at the end, but there was a lot of rushing," White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. "Errors are errors and you stand up. And we're accountable."
Tyler Chatwood (1-2) got the win.
Manoah gave up two runs — one earned — and four hits. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out four and walked two.
Owner of baseball's second-best ERA, Lynn allowed four hits and did not walk a batter.