TORONTO – Jose Abreu hit two of the four home runs allowed by knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey, and the Chicago White Sox held on to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Friday.
The Blue Jays scored two runs in the ninth in a rally that fell just short after they loaded the bases with one out.
Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez added one homer each for the White Sox (37-44) as left-hander John Danks (7-6) allowed five hits, including two solo home runs, over six innings, to earn the victory.
Edwin Encarnacion and Dioner Navarro homered with two out in the sixth inning as the Blue Jays (45-37) tied the game 2-2. It was the sixth time this season that the Blue Jays have hit back-to-back home runs.
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The Blue Jays got another home run in the ninth from Colby Rasmus, who came in as a pinch-hitter.
Dickey (6-7) took the loss despite striking out a season-high nine as he allowed five hits and five runs. The four homers he gave up were his most in a game since 2006 when he allowed six.
The White Sox (37-44) regained the lead in the seventh. Abreu, the White Sox rookie first baseman, led off with his 25th homer of the season and Ramirez followed with his eighth, a two-run shot that followed a walk by designated hitter Adam Dunn.
Left-hander Aaron Loup replaced Dickey to finish the seventh.
White Sox right-hander Ronald Belisario, who was trying for his ninth save, got only one out in the ninth. He gave up a leadoff homer to Rasmus, his 11th of the season. After one-out singles by Munenori Kawasaki and Anthony Gose, left-hander Eric Surkamp came in to face pinch-hitter Adam Lind. The Blue Jays loaded the bases on an error by third baseman Conor Gillaspie.
The White Sox sent in right-hander Jake Petricka, and Jose Reyes forced pinch runner Drew Hutchison with a grounder to short as another run scored. Melky Cabrera ended the game with a grounder to second.
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