Blue Jays beat White Sox 7-3, handing second straight loss to Chicago


Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a two-run homer, Danny Jansen added a three-run shot and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to seven games by beating the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Wednesday night.

It’s Toronto’s longest winning streak since an eight-game streak from Sept. 1-9.

Santiago Espinal added a solo shot as the Blue Jays won for the 11th time in 14 games.

Blue Jays left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu left after four innings due to tightness in his forearm. Ryu missed 24 games in April and May due to forearm pain.

Ryu quit his previous start, May 26 against the Angels, after five innings with a sore elbow.

Ryu allowed three runs, two earned and four hits. He walked none and struck out four.

Ross Stripling (1-1) replaced Ryu and went 2 2/3 scoreless innings. David Phelps pitched 1 1/3 innings and Yimi Garcia finished.

Jose Abreu hit a two-run home run and AJ Pollock added a solo hit, but the White Sox lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Returning to the lineup after sitting out Tuesday with an illness unrelated to COVID, Pollock hit Ryu’s third pitch of the game. It was Pollock’s third homer of the season and fifth homer of his career.

Espinal responded with a first homer late in the first, ending White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech’s 42-inning homer streak to start the season.

Espinal has hit three career-high homers this season. The first home run was the first of his career.

Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette walked a goal-laden walk in the second, but Kopech retired Guerrero on a 98-mph fastball to leave the bases full.

Jansen’s homer, his seventh, was a two-out drive that came on an 0-2 fastball in the third.

Guerrero added some respite with a two-out blast over Bennett Sousa in the eighth, his 10th.

Throwing nine days off after starting Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Yankees on May 22, Kopech (1-2) allowed a season-low five runs and six hits over three innings.

Kopech walked four times, struck out four, and threw 85 pitches, 46 strikes. His ERA went from 1.29 to 2.20.


White Sox: INF Yoan Moncada (quads) didn’t start for the fifth straight game but came on as a pinch hitter in the ninth and was called out. . OF Eloy Jimenez (right hamstring) went 1 for 4 upon returning to the lineup with Triple-A Charlotte. Jimenez left Saturday’s game, the first of his rehab with Charlotte, because of leg pain.

Blue Jays: OF George Springer was unavailable due to non-COVID illness. . LHP Tim Mayza (forearm) felt great after a bullpen session Tuesday and will pitch another Friday, manager Charlie Montoyo said. . RHP Nate Pearson (mononucleosis) started a rehab mission with Triple-A Buffalo. . The Bisons released OF Mallex Smith.


White Sox RHP Johnny Cueto (0-1, 2.41) starts Thursday against Blue Jays RHP Alek Manoah (5-1, 1.77). Cueto hasn’t faced Toronto since 2015. Manoah is 8-0 with a 1.99 ERA in 13 career home starts.

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