Eaton's walk-off blast downs Blue Jays

Eaton's walk-off blast downs Blue Jays

CHICAGO -- Adam Eaton hit a walk-off home run on the second pitch from Roberto Osuna to give the White Sox a 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays in 11 innings Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. It was Eaton's second career walk-off homer and his sixth blast of the season. It also marked the White Sox second walk-off homer of the season.

"The last guy you probably think is going to hit a homer to lead off the inning is Eaton," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He's got some pop. It's just being a leadoff guy he doesn't do it a lot. When he gets a hold of it, it can go."

Ventura on walk-off win, offense

John Danks started for the White Sox and faced the minimum over the first two innings, with one walk in the mix. But the Blue Jays started the third with five straight hits and scored four runs. Danks allowed six runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking one.

Drew Hutchison gave up four runs on seven hits over five innings, striking out six and walking two. But the White Sox tied the game with two runs on four hits in the sixth off of relievers Liam Hendriks and Aaron Loup.

Avisail Garcia matched a career high with four hits, while Adam LaRoche, Carlos Sanchez, Tyler Flowers and Jose Abreu also had multi-hit efforts for the 16-hit White Sox attack. Josh Donaldson had two RBI doubles for the Blue Jays.

Garcia's four-hit game

"We need to click a little more and start putting some more runs on the board, especially with our pitching, the way it's been," Eaton said.

Osuna coughs it up: Osuna has been borderline flawless for the Blue Jays this season, but it didn't work out on a night when he was throwing for the fourth time in the last four games. Osuna, who pitched in two of Toronto's last three games and warmed up in the other, surrendered a walk-off homer to the Eaton on the second pitch he threw in the 11th inning. It was the second homer Osuna has surrendered this season, and he picked up a loss for the first time since May 31. More >

"I tried to go in, I thought he was going to bunt and the pitch was right there," Osuna said. "He hit the ball pretty well. I made a mistake and I paid for it."

Mental mistake: With nobody out and runners on first and second base in the third inning, Devon Travis hit a slow roller to LaRoche at first base. The problem was Danks didn't get off the mound and cover, leading to a bases-loaded, no-out situation. Two batters and two hits later, the Blue Jays had erased a 3-0 deficit and tied the game.

Donaldson's RBI double

"He falls so far over to that side, I don't know if he would get him anyway," Ventura said of Danks. "He got a late start on it, which you don't want to get that. He falls over to that side enough and we were shifting Travis. The chance of Rochey getting him isn't going to be very good."

The streak is over: For the past 24 home games, the White Sox have scored four runs or less. That stretch ended in the sixth inning on Wednesday when they scored two to tie the game at six. Sanchez singled home one run and Eaton's infield hit scored the game-tying tally. More >

Sanchez's RBI single

"Isn't that great?" a smiling Ventura said of the offensive resurgence.

The daily double: Travis continued to excel at the plate with a double to lead off the fifth inning. Two batters later, Donaldson just missed a home run to right field and instead settled for an RBI double off the wall. Jose Bautista drove him in with a single as the Blue Jays temporarily took a 6-4 lead and chased Danks from the game. Travis has five multi-hit games in his last nine and continues to be a catalyst at the bottom of Toronto's lineup.

Bautista's RBI single

"I mean, it is what it is. There's been good things and bad things. Obviously I expect to be better and I need to be better. What's done is done. It's time for me to come back in the second half and pitch better and be better for this team." -- Hutchison, after not being able to pitch six or more innings for the sixth consecutive start

Hutchison whiffs Beckham

"We've got to win ballgames. There are going to be nights where the other teams win. There's nothing we can do about that. We just have to win every night and take advantage of games against our division." -- Danks, on the White Sox keeping pace with their American League Central opponents, who all won Wednesday


Danks rings up Bautista

The Blue Jays have scored four or more runs in an inning 34 times this season, which is the most in the Major Leagues.

In the eighth inning, with runners on first and second and one out, White Sox manager Robin Ventura challenged a force out at second called on Eaton's grounder back to the mound. The call was confirmed by video replay, and Sanchez was out to leave runners at first and third.

Sanchez out at second confirmed

A crew chief review was conducted in the 10th when pinch-runner Ryan Goins was ruled safe as he tried to get back into second on Travis' hard grounder to shortstop Alexei Ramirez. The call was overturned, with Goins ruled out at second.

Goins out after umpire review

Blue Jays: Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will take the mound when the Blue Jays close out their four-game series vs. the White Sox on Thursday at 2:10 p.m. ET. Dickey surrendered five runs and matched a career high with 11 hits allowed during his last start against Detroit. Prior to that, he had surrendered three earned runs or less in six straight starts.

White Sox: Jeff Samardzija gets the ball for the White Sox final home contest of the first half, with a 1:10 p.m. CT first pitch. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA lifetime against the Blue Jays.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.