White Sox fell behind early to Toronto Blue Jays at home but were able to spark a comeback with a big rally in the 8th inning to secure the win.
Similar to Friday night, the Chicago White Sox once again fell behind early to the Toronto Blue Jays at home. However, they were able to mount an impressive rally in the eighth inning to take the lead and eventually beat Toronto 9-5 in front of 29,442 fans at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Lucas Giolito was unable to last past the fifth inning as he gave up five earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched on Saturday night. Despite a solid outing in his previous start, Giolito allowed nine hits including a home run from Russell Martin. After four innings, the Sox were trailing Toronto 5-1.
The Blue Jays scored their first run in the first inning off an RBI single from Kendrys Morales. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. would later extend the Blue Jays lead to 3-0 in the second inning with a two-run single.
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After an RBI single from Yangervis Solarte in the fifth inning, the Blue Jays would lead 5-1 and it appeared the Sox were headed towards another loss at home. However, the Sox would mount a comeback that began in the seventh inning.
Nicky Delmonico started the Sox comeback with a solo home run in the seventh inning to cut the team’s deficit to 5-2. Leury Garcia would pull the Sox closer with an RBI single that scored Kevan Smith. After seven innings, the Sox trailed the Blue Jays 5-3.
In the eighth inning, the Sox staged another rally an eventually took the lead for good. After Yolmer Sanchez reached base on a forceout at second base, he would get to third base on a double from Jose Abreu. Avisail Garcia hit an RBI single to score Sanchez and pull the Sox to within one run of Toronto at 5-4.
Daniel Palka pinch-hit for Matt Davidson after Delmonico was hit by a pitch on his left foot. Palka would later deliver a knockout blow to the Blue Jays. On a 3-1 count, Palka hit a two-run single to put the Sox ahead 6-5. Leury Garcia extended the Sox lead to 9-5 with a three-run triple.
With the win, the Sox improved to 37-67 on the season. The Sox will attempt to win its first series of the second half on Sunday against the Blue Jays. James Shields will start for the Sox in the series finale against Toronto.