CHICAGO – After all the ups and downs of a hot muggy night in Chicago, Josh Harrison There was a wide smile on his face as he looked back at his winning shot.
“These are fun games to participate in, especially when you win,” he said.
Harrison hit the final single with two strikeouts in the 12th inning as the White Sox led the Toronto Blue Jays to a wild 7–6 victory on Tuesday.
Louis Robert hit a career-high with four RBIs and made a sliding tackle in center field atop 12th seed, helping the White Sox (33–33) win for a sixth time in eight games. The defending champions AL Central returned to .500 for the first time since defeating the Cubs on May 29.
“This is the type of ball game that will take you to the playoffs at the end of the year,” he said. Dylan Stopwho struck out 11 in six dominant innings.
With runners on first and second in the bottom half, Harrison rode in. Jose Abreu with a liner to center rookie Matt Gage (0-1). Harrison also faced Gage on Monday night, fouling a catcher on the second at-bat.
“Baseball is a game where the more you see someone, the more familiar you can be,” Harrison said, “even if it’s just a couple of tosses the night before.”
Alejandro Kirk Homered and drove twice for Toronto, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Bradley Zimmer made a memorable catch in midfield, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a double RBI in the 10th.
Blue Jays slugger George Springer was sent off in the eighth inning due to discomfort in his right elbow. Manager Charlie Montoyo said he thought Springer would do some testing.
“(When) he swings and misses, then he feels it,” Montoyo said.
Chicago nearly missed out on a stellar start to Cees, who posted his career high in strikeouts. The White Sox went 6 of 21 with runners in scoring position and left 14 runners on base.
“A very special win,” manager Tony La Russa said. “Starting with a halt and then coming back like we did.”
Chicago was trailing 4-2 before Robert scored a double in singles. Jordan Romano with two strikeouts in ninth, delighting a crowd of 20,529 at Guaranteed Rate Field.
After Abreu stood out by placing skids in the corners, AJ Pollock hit the liner in the center. But Zimmer, who came on as a defensive substitute in the eighth, made a diving tackle to send the game into extra innings.
“It kept us in the game,” Montoyo said. “Great play.”
Toronto then began working against Chicago’s bullpen.
Kirk hit his seventh homer in the seventh against Jimmy Lambert. The Blue Jays took a 4-2 lead with three runs in the eighth, sending nine batters to the plate.
The rally in Toronto Kevin Gausman off the hook for what would have been a heavy loss. The right-hander struck out seven while working six innings with two runs.
“Just filling the zone,” Gausman said. “I think we did a good job mixing pitches and making adjustments when necessary.”
Blue Jays: LHP Tyler Saucedo (discomfort in right hip) showed up in rehab with Triple-A Buffalo. Saucedo allowed one and then passed two batters before being ejected from the plate by umpire Lew Williams.
White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada (stretched right hamstring) plans to take the field in the next couple of days. On Monday, he was placed on the injured list for 10 days. “I don’t think it’s something serious or something that will take a long time,” Moncada said through a translator. “The muscle just got a little tense. It’s not bad. I think I’ll be fine after being at IL.” … Right side Liam Hendrix (right forearm strain) quit Monday and planned to have another session on Tuesday. “Everything is exactly as we expect,” he said. … FROM Eloy Jimenez (torn hamstring tendon) resumed rehab at Triple-A Charlotte. As the designated hitter, he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
right-handers Ross Stripling (3-2, 3.28 ERA) and Lucas Giolito (4-3, 4.78) Serie Final Wednesday afternoon. Stripling is 3-1 with a bubbly 1.04 ERA in four appearances in June for Toronto. Giolito was credited for eight runs and seven hits in five-plus innings during Chicago’s 13-3 loss in Houston on Friday night.