CHICAGO -- The White Sox hit seven home runs during Saturday's game against the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field, and made dubious history in the process.
Those seven long balls, all amazingly of the solo variety, were not enough to prevent a 10-8 loss. The White Sox matched a single-game club record for home runs, set on April 23, 1955, but also joined the Tigers (May 28, 1995, against the White Sox and Aug. 8, 2004, against the Red Sox) as the only teams in Major League history to lose a game when hitting seven home runs.
"Unfortunately they were all solo," said White Sox catcher Dioner Navarro, who homered in the second against R.A. Dickey. "But we battled."
"I don't think I've seen that before," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "But the bright side is we were swinging the bats."
For those who didn't keep score at home, here's a list of the White Sox long balls on an 86-degree day perfectly designed to produce results the team did:
Trailing 5-0 in the second, Brett Lawrie, Navarro and J.B. Shuck went back-to-back-to-back against Dickey. Lawrie's was of the inside-the-park variety, marking just the second inside-the-park home run hit by a White Sox player at U.S. Cellular Field (Chris Singleton, Sept. 29, 2000).
"Brett, as he always does, hustled his butt off and never stopped running," said White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton, who joined the home run parade off of Roberto Osuna in the ninth. "It kind of takes you back to Little League when you hit the inside-the-park home run."
This trio of homers marked the most consecutive White Sox homers in an inning since Aug. 14, 2008, when Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Juan Uribe cleared the fences against Joel Peralta and Robinson Tejeda in the sixth of a 9-2 victory against the Royals. Lawrie homered again in the fourth off of Dickey, marking the first multi-homer game of his career, and Tim Anderson and Alex Avila also left the yard before Eaton's closing shot.
Shuck's home run in the second stood as his first with the White Sox and his first since April 19, 2014. But struggles from starter Miguel Gonzalez, who allowed eight runs over 5 1/3 innings, and Ventura's desire to stay away from overused relievers such as Matt Albers, Nate Jones, Zach Duke and David Robertson left this offensive barrage as a losing footnote.
"We all know this game is about being mentally strong, and you've got to stick with it," Gonzalez said. "Try not to do too much. Guys battled out there. We hit seven home runs and we didn't win the ballgame. That just can't be happening."
"You were hoping there'd be a couple guys on," Ventura said. "I figured hopefully we could get some guys on there in the ninth and get one up in the wind and see what happened. I'm just glad the way the guys keep battling back offensively."