By Gregor Chisholm and Alykhan Ravjiani
TORONTO -- Chris Sale dominated the powerful Blue Jays lineup by allowing just one run over eight innings and Avisail Garcia, Dioner Navarro and Adam Eaton each homered as the White Sox picked up their fifth consecutive victory with a 10-1 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
Sale allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two while throwing 63 of his 100 pitches for strikes as he earned his Major League-leading fifth win. Toronto's Darwin Barney led off the third inning with a single, but from that point on Sale faced the minimum until Edwin Encarnacion homered with one out in the seventh.
"The guys that have been here, we're hungry for it. We want to win," Sale said. "Every day we come in collectively and say it's about winning. That's the bottom line."
Garcia went 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored while Navarro got some revenge against his former team with a 2-for-4 night, which included a walk, a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. White Sox center fielder Austin Jackson also had a three-hit night as the bottom three of Chicago's batting order combined to go 7-for-11 against Toronto pitchers.
Chicago did most of its damage against veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who allowed six earned runs for the second time in five starts this season. Dickey got off to a good start, but he surrendered a solo homer to Garcia in the third, allowed three more runs in the fifth and was then chased from the game in the seventh when Navarro hit a two-run shot.
"It's really frustrating, in particular because you know you're facing a guy where the margin of error is slim," said Dickey, who has a 6.75 ERA this season. "It's tough. I've got to find a way to arrest those big innings. I'm thankful April is over, let's put it that way."
Encarnacion was the lone bright spot on offense for the Blue Jays, as he went deep in the seventh inning for his 200th career homer as a Blue Jay. It was one of two extra-base hits for Toronto, and the club had only one at-bat with a runner in scoring position.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Blowing it open: The White Sox scored three runs in the top of the fifth off Dickey to take a commanding 4-0 lead. After a pair of hits and a walk loaded up the bases, Jackson delivered the big blow with a two-run double to the gap in right-center field, and Eaton followed with a sacrifice fly to complete the rally.
Dickey disappoints: Dickey has been prone to giving up home runs during his time with the Blue Jays, and Tuesday night was no exception. He allowed a solo shot to Garcia in the third, but it was the seventh inning that put the game on ice for good. Dickey served up a 1-0 knuckleball that Navarro sent over the wall in right field for his second homer of the season. According to Statcast™, Navarro's homer was projected to travel 346 feet and left his bat at 92 mph.
"When they start putting baserunners on base, you're looking for the ground ball, and he does get a lot of those, but he needs that to bail him out," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He had a tough draw tonight, that's pretty simple right there. But it will turn for him, it will turn for the whole team. We still have confidence in ourselves, we'll get it going."
Smooth sailing: After a pair of hits Monday night, Garcia continued his hot hitting, adding two more hits and three runs scored on Tuesday. Garcia opened the scoring in the top of the third, taking an 3-1 pitch from Dickey over the left-center-field wall. The home run was Garcia's third of the season and traveled a projected 434 feet according to Statcast™.
No. 200 for Edwin: Encarnacion reached the 200-homer plateau as a Blue Jay in his traditional way by smoking a ball over the wall in straightaway center during the seventh inning. According to Statcast™, Encarnacion's third of the season was projected to travel 434 feet and left his bat at 110 mph. Encarnacion became the sixth player to reach 200 homers in a Blue Jays uniform joining Carlos Delgado (336), Jose Bautista (247), Vernon Wells (223), Joe Carter (203) and George Bell (202).
"It feels very familiar from the past years that I've been here. For myself and for the team, for that matter. We've always been pretty much a slow-starting team. It takes us a little time to find our rhythm it seems, and that's the same for me in particular. Nobody in here is panicking, at all. We have the players in here to do it. It's just a matter of being consistent, and I'm speaking about me more than anybody." -- Dickey, on his slow start and the team's disappointing 10-12 record
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The White Sox won their challenge in the top of the fifth inning on a tag play at third base. Brett Lawrie rounded third before heading back to the bag on a single by Navarro. Lawrie was initially called out, but replays showed the White Sox second baseman slid under Tulowitzki's tag, and the call was overturned.
WHAT'S NEXT White Sox: Left-hander Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.82 ERA) gets the ball for the finale of the White Sox three-game series against the Blue Jays on Wednesday at 6:07 p.m. CT at Rogers Centre. Quintana went seven shutout innings his last time out against the Rangers, and he has yet to allow a home run this season.
Blue Jays: Right-hander Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.50) will take the mound when the Blue Jays close out their series against Chicago. Estrada has battled through a variety of injuries during the early part of the season, but he managed to get through five innings of his last start vs. Baltimore with only one earned run.
Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the White Sox on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.