TORONTO -- Jose Abreu tripled and scored in the top of the 10th inning as the White Sox staved off a late Blue Jays comeback to snap a four-game losing skid with a 5-3 win at Rogers Centre on Wednesday.
Facing Roberto Osuna, Abreu, who was 3-for-5, knocked a three-bagger into the right-field corner to lead off the inning before he was brought home on an Adam Eaton single. Gordon Beckham added an RBI double later in the inning.
"We were all hoping he'd get on third, and he did," Beckham said of Abreu's triple. "That's him not just giving up and hoping it's a homer and then staying at second, because it's probably a different inning if that happens. It was clutch by him, and we've got guys playing hard."
Robertson returned for the bottom of the 10th and had to overcome a single and a walk, but in the end redeemed himself as he retired Kevin Pillar and Danny Valencia to record the win.
The White Sox held the lead for the first eight innings, riding the strength of a strong outing from right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who allowed an unearned run on eight hits, with one walk and five strikeouts before turning the game over the bullpen with a 3-1 lead.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Outfield defense proves costly : The Blue Jays have been trying to survive without the services of Jose Bautista and Michael Saunders in the outfield, but it has taken a toll on the club's defense. Misplayed balls have become an almost daily occurrence and that was the case again Wednesday afternoon. Valencia had a ball bounce away from him in the top of the 10th inning, which allowed Abreu to reach third on a triple. Abreu would later score, and it was the second time he was a beneficiary of a botched play in right. In the third inning, Abreu hit a weak fly ball to right that Ezequiel Carrera lost in the sun as two runners scored.
Donaldson does it again: Donaldson provided the ninth-inning heroics for the second consecutive day when he hit a solo homer off Robertson in the bottom of the ninth inning. The shot to left field, which tied the game at 3, came less than 24 hours after he hit a three-run walkoff homer in Tuesday's dramatic 10-9 victory. Donaldson has homered in three consecutive games, while Robertson blew a save opportunity in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. More >
Blue Jays' missed opportunities: Toronto was held in check by Samardzija for most of the afternoon, but there was a prime opportunity to do some damage late in the game. The Blue Jays were trailing by three in the seventh inning with runners on second and third until Jose Reyes grounded out to third, Donaldson had a sacrifice fly and Bautista flew out to left. The one-run inning was a disappointment, and a similar situation arose in the eighth when Toronto once again had a pair of runners in scoring position but settled for one run. The Blue Jays finished 1-for-14 with RISP.
"Him and a triple don't really go in the same equation. Maybe they do now." -- Ventura, on Abreu hustling for a triple
"Nobody goes unscathed in this business." -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, on Osuna's streak of scoreless innings getting snapped at 12 1/3
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Blue Jays outfielder Chris Colabello extended his hitting streak to eight games with three singles in the series finale. During the streak, Colabello is batting .419 (13-for-31) with three doubles, two homers and six RBIs. He has hit safely in all but five of the 21 games he has appeared in this season.
Chicago's J.B. Shuck swiped second base with two away and the original out call was overturned in the second inning after White Sox manager Robin Ventura challenged. Shuck broke for second and managed to avoid the tag on a head-first slide to keep the inning alive.
Ventura came out of the dugout to challenge again, this time in the third after Abreu appeared to be picked off by Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin for the third out of the inning. After Marco Estrada threw a ball in the dirt, Martin disguised a throw back to the pitcher and instead fired all the way to second, where he caught Abreu sliding back into the bag. The call on the field was upheld.
WHAT'S NEXT White Sox: Chicago heads to Baltimore to face the Orioles in a doubleheader on Thursday in the second stop of their 11-game road trip. The two sides are playing makeup games at Camden Yards after a pair of contests were postponed in late April because of protests in the city. Left-hander Chris Sale will make the start in Game 1 at 12:05 p.m. CT, and Chris Beck will make his Major League debut in Game 2.
Blue Jays: The Blue Jays will enjoy an off-day on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Twins on Friday at 8:10 p.m. ET at Target Field. Left-hander Mark Buehrle will take the mound as he attempts to solve a Minnesota team that has become one of the surprise stories in the American League. Buehrle got off to a rough start this season, but he has turned things around lately with at least six innings pitched in each of his last three starts.