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|Chi. White Sox (47-38)||3||0||0||0||4||1||1||0||0||9||14||0|
CHICAGO -- The Toronto Blue Jays got the ball up in the air and then they got out of town with a good feeling in the last game before the All-Star break.
The Blue Jays, who'd lost 8 of their previous 12, hit four homers Sunday to end the Chicago White Sox's five-game winning streak with an 11-9 victory.
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"We had a very good offensive day. High number of walks," manager John Farrell said as his team headed for four days off with a 43-43 record.
"First inning we put together, both Colby, who continues to swing the bat well, Eddie with another big home run for us. We needed every run we could put on the board the way this turned out."
The first-place White Sox got a three-run homer from Alex Rios and kept pecking away, but couldn't overcome the four-run first-inning deficit and go the All-Star break with a 47-38 record and a three-game lead in the AL Central.
Chicago manager Robin Ventura was ejected in the top of the ninth after charging to the plate to heatedly argue a ball and strike call with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn.
"Yeah he had to let him know. Had to let him know," Rios said of Ventura's ejection. Ventura had argued in the sixth when Jose Bautista hit a ball past third that was touched by a fan for a ground rule double. Umpires ruled that a running Rasmus, who'd been on first, was allowed to score on the play.
Ventura was not available to comment after the game because he had to catch a flight for the break -- something that was announced before the game.
Jason Frasor (1-1), the third of five Blue Jays' relievers, was credited with the win and Casey Janssen pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for his 12th save in 13 chances. He gave up two ninth-inning singles before striking out Alejandro De Aza to end it.
"I was just telling the trainers, five outs seems like forever. I got used to getting three. It was all right," Janssen said.
"I've obviously done it before in my career, it was just a little different than the last month or so."
"It's nice when we can swing and outslug the opponents, but it's tough to do that every day," said Toronto's Rajai Davis, who had three stolen bases. " We're looking forward to getting it done on defense and having a better second half."
Axelrod (0-2) was working on just three days rest. It would have been Chris Sale's turn in the rotation, but the White Sox decided to skip their ace lefty's last start before the break and he is expected to throw an inning in Tuesday night's All-Star game
Axelrod gave up six hits, including three homers, and seven runs in his three innings before Mathis greeted reliever Brian Omogrosso with a solo homer in the fourth, making it 8-3.
"You just got to get ground balls. I got behind in some counts and grooved some balls over the plate. And that's what good hitters do," Axelrod said.
Adam Dunn's RBI fielder's choice grounder and an RBI double by Rios -- right after an error on Vizquel at third -- finished starter Brett Cecil after 4 1/3 innings and cut Toronto's lead to 8-5. Alexei Ramirez then hit reliever Jesse Chavez's first pitch for a two-run triple, slicing the lead to 8-7.
But Davis walked in the sixth, stole second and third and scored on Leyson Septimo's wild pitch to put Toronto up by two. After another walk to Rasmus, Bautista hit a ball past third that was ruled fair and a fan reached out and touched it, making it a ground rule double. But umpires allowed Rasmus to score from first on the play, despite an argument from Ventura. After another walk, Adam Lind doubled home the Blue Jays' 11th run.
Cecil gave up six hits and seven runs, six of them earned. Reliever Luis Perez departed in the seventh after giving up hits to the first two batters and walked off the mound with a trainer. Farrell said Perez has tightness in his elbow, will go the disabled list and be evaluated further.
Frasor came on and gave up a sacrifice fly and intentional walk before retiring the side with two strikeouts.
|Colby Rasmus homers and drives in three runs to help the Blue Jays get past the White Sox and finish .500 at the break. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Rajai Davis, LF||3||2||0||0||2||1||2||.253|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||4||2||2||3||2||1||1||.259|
|Jose Bautista, RF||3||2||1||1||2||1||3||.244|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||4||1||1||2||1||0||1||.295|
|Adam Lind, DH||4||0||1||1||1||0||0||.206|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.254|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||1||1||2||1||0||3||.246|
|Omar Vizquel, 3B||5||1||1||0||0||2||1||.208|
|Jeff Mathis, C||5||1||2||1||0||1||1||.247|
|2B - Colby Rasmus (18, Axelrod), Jose Bautista (12, Jones), Adam Lind (8, Jones), Jeff Mathis (5, Santiago)|
|HR - Colby Rasmus (17, Axelrod), Edwin Encarnacion (23, Axelrod), Kelly Johnson (10, Axelrod), Jeff Mathis (5, Omogrosso)|
|RBI - Colby Rasmus 3 (53), Jose Bautista (65), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (58), Adam Lind (20), Kelly Johnson 2 (37), Jeff Mathis (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Colby Rasmus (22), Kelly Johnson 2 (18)|
|SB - Rajai Davis 3 (23, 2nd base off Septimo/Flowers, 3rd base off Septimo/Flowers, 2nd base off Santiago/Pierzynski), Omar Vizquel (2, 2nd base off Axelrod/Flowers)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Escobar-Johnson-Encarnacion|
|E - Omar Vizquel (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jason Frasor (H,12; W,1-1)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||3.74|
|Darren Oliver (H,10)||0.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.42|
|Casey Janssen (S,12)||1.2||2||0||0||0||3||0||2.36|
|IBB - Pierzynski by Jason Frasor|
|HBP - De Aza (by Brett Cecil)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brett Cecil 87-51, Jesse Chavez 10-7, Luis Perez 28-19, Jason Frasor 17-9, Darren Oliver 9-5, Casey Janssen 28-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Cecil 3-5, Luis Perez 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Brett Cecil 23, Jesse Chavez 3, Luis Perez 7, Jason Frasor 4, Darren Oliver 2, Casey Janssen 7|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF||5||3||1||0||0||2||5||.283|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||4||1||3||1||1||0||0||.262|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||4||1||0||1||1||3||4||.208|
|Paul Konerko, DH||4||1||0||0||1||1||4||.329|
|Alex Rios, RF||5||3||3||4||0||1||3||.318|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||5||0||3||2||0||0||0||.266|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||4||0||2||1||0||2||2||.255|
|Tyler Flowers, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.164|
|a- A.J. Pierzynski, PH-C||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.285|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||3||3||.243|
|a-was walked intentionally for Flowers in the 7th|
|2B - Alejandro De Aza (16, Cecil), Kevin Youkilis (9, Perez), Alex Rios 2 (19, Cecil, Perez), Dayan Viciedo (8, Cecil)|
|3B - Alexei Ramirez (3, J. Chavez)|
|HR - Alex Rios (12, Cecil)|
|SF - Dayan Viciedo (1)|
|RBI - Kevin Youkilis (28), Adam Dunn (61), Alex Rios 4 (49), Alexei Ramirez 2 (44), Dayan Viciedo (39)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios 3 (17)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Dylan Axelrod (L,0-2)||3||6||7||7||2||4||3||6.59|
|HBP - Davis (by Hector Santiago)|
|WP - Leyson Septimo (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dylan Axelrod 70-41, Brian Omogrosso 47-27, Nate Jones 31-21, Hector Santiago 57-34|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dylan Axelrod 3-2, Brian Omogrosso 1-5, Nate Jones 2-0, Hector Santiago 2-5|
|Batters Faced - Dylan Axelrod 17, Brian Omogrosso 11, Leyson Septimo 1, Nate Jones 5, Hector Santiago 13|
|Attendance - 27190|
|Game Time - 3:48|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Ron Kulpa|