MLB: Morales, Martin help Blue Jays beat White Sox to snap skid
TORONTO (AP) — Kendrys Morales and Russell Martin both homered to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Sunday.
The victory snapped Chicago’s three-game winning streak and stopped the White Sox from tying a club record with a seventh consecutive win in Toronto. The White Sox have won nine of the last 11 games against the Blue Jays and beaten them the last four series.
Morales’ two-run shot in the seventh inning, his 15th homer of the season, reached the fourth level of Rogers Centre, a drive estimated at 460 feet. He also doubled in the first inning.
Martin tied the game in the sixth with his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot to the center-field fence that bounced off the glove of outfielder Willy Garcia and over. Ryan Goins tripled home Steve Pearce off Anthony Swarzak (3-2) for the tiebreaking run two batters later.
J.A. Happ (2-4) picked up his first home win of the season, giving up three runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out nine.
In his second game back following injury, Pearce singled three times, scored two runs and drove in a run in seventh.
In his first start since April 16, James Shields lasted 5 2/3 innings for Chicago, giving up seven hits and three runs, including the two-run shot from Martin that ended his afternoon.
Yolmer Sanchez got Chicago on the board in the fifth, driving in Garcia from third.
Melky Cabrera’s sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third, and Jose Abreu lined a drive past the outstretched dive of Troy Tulowitzki up the middle to score two more.