Pinch-runner Breivik Valera scored a tiebreaking run in the eighth inning on a wild pitch as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1
TORONTO – Pinch-runner Breivik Valera scored a tiebreaking run in the eighth inning on a wild pitch as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Monday night.
Valera ran for Reese McGuire after the Blue Jays catcher opened the innings by dismissing Craig Kimbrel (2-4). Valera finished second on a wild third strike for Bo Bichette, who moved to third on the groundout, and when Kimbrel opened up another wild pitch, this time for Teoscar Hernandez.
Tim Myza (3–1) played a perfect eighth inning to secure the win, and Jordan Romano defended his 12th on 13 occasions.
Toronto spoiled a strong outing by Chicago’s Lance Lynn and handed the White Sox their fourth defeat in five games.
The Blue Jays, who came in losing seven of nine, improved to 9–14 in a one-run game.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson sat in the third game straight with a leg pain. Anderson could return on Tuesday, manager Tony LaRussa said.
Lynn allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, but did not come into decision for the fifth consecutive start. The right-hander hasn’t won since his victory on the road in Milwaukee on July 25.
Lynn reduced his ERA to 2.20 and reached the number of innings required to qualify as the AL leader in that category.
The White Sox opened the scoring in the sixth with three straight singles off Blue Jays right-hander Alec Manoah, which was hit to an RBI by outfielder Andrew Vaughan.
The Blue Jays responded in the lower half. McGuire led with a double, but was thrown out on Bichette’s grounder for second baseman Cesar Hernandez in an attempt to advance to third. Bichette stepped forward on a ground ball and scored when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a game-tying single from Lynn in the center on the 3-0 pitch.
Manoh allowed one run and five hits in six innings.
Blue Jays: George Springer (sprained left knee) ran to the field, hit the cage, and did live batting practice against RHP Joaquim Soria (right middle finger). … INF Cavan Bigio will examine his left hand after injuring his left shoulder diving for the ball in a rehab game at Triple-A Buffalo on Friday. Biggio was placed on the injured list on 3 August due to stiffness in his back.
White Sox: Danny Mendick starts at shortstop when Anderson is out.
The Blue Jays recalled Josh Palacio from Triple-A Buffalo and replaced LHP Kirby Snead at Triple-A. … Toronto released minor league RHP Elvis Luciano. Luciano became the first MLB player born in the 2000s when he played a 1 1/3 scoreless innings against Detroit on March 31, 2019.
The Blue Jays will face RHP Jose Berios (8-6, 3.52) on Tuesday night against White Sox RHP Dylan Cease (9-6, 4.06). Berios is 0-1 with 5.28 ERA in his last three starts. He went 0-2 against the White Sox in three early 2021 appearances while with Minnesota.
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