The White Sox hadn't hit in 12 opportunities with runners in scoring position during Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field. Todd Frazier's futility streak extended deeper than one night.
But it was Frazier who came through with a single to left off of Jesse Chavez with two outs in the seventh to score Tim Anderson and give the White Sox a 3-2 victory. The White Sox have won four of their last five games, all coming against the American League East.
Anderson started the rally with what was ruled a hustle double rolling under the glove of third baseman Josh Donaldson. He moved to third on Adam Eaton's fly ball to left but stayed there when first baseman Edwin Encarnacion made a slick grab of Melky Cabrera's high hopper down the line. Frazier connected on a 1-1 fastball that was pretty much center cut, giving him two straight singles after knocking out three hits in his previous 37 at-bats.
David Robertson earned the save, but he had to pitch out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the ninth. Encarnacion struck out for a fourth time, and Michael Saunders hit a weak popup to shortstop Anderson to end the night.
Toronto scored one run in the second and one in the sixth. The White Sox posted one run in the fourth and one in the fifth before Frazier's big hit. Both starters finished with no-decisions, as Aaron Sanchez struck out four and allowed eight hits over six innings for the Blue Jays, while Carlos Rodon fanned eight and yielded six hits in 5 2/3 innings for Chicago.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Cooper departs early: White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was not around to see the finish of Friday's series opener, as he was ejected by first-base umpire Angel Hernandez in the sixth inning. Cooper was arguing a balk call against Rodon, which moved Saunders to second. Saunders eventually scored from third on Kevin Pillar's infield hit. That infield hit was a byproduct of Rodon's poor footwork at first, as he raced to cover the base after Frazier made a diving stop to his right.
Under pressure: Sanchez allowed runners to reach base every inning he was on the mound, including a runner advancing to at least second in the second through sixth frames. He only allowed two runs, though, by working out of some tight spots. In the second, Chicago put runners at the corners with one out, only to watch Sanchez negate the threat with a strikeout and a groundout. Three straight groundouts held the White Sox to just one run in the fourth, after the first two hitters reached base.
WHAT'S NEXT Blue Jays:R.A. Dickey (4-8, 4.08 ERA) is set to make his 16th start of the season and second against the White Sox this year on Saturday. Dickey took the loss against Chicago on April 26 in Toronto when he allowed six runs on eight hits -- two home runs -- in six innings. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET.
White Sox:Miguel Gonzalez (1-2, 4.29 ERA) is scheduled to make his 11th appearance (10th start) of the season, fourth start at home and second start against Toronto. He has gone 7-3 with a 3.00 ERA lifetime against the Blue Jays. First pitch on Saturday is 1:10 p.m. CT.