CHICAGO -- The Blue Jays built up a big lead over the White Sox Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field, just as they did Monday night. Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak homered for the Blue Jays, just as they did on Monday.
On Tuesday night though, Toronto held on for an 8-4 victory.
Marcus Stroman earned the victory, allowing four runs on seven hits over seven innings, striking out five and walking one. The right-hander's August debut followed a July during which he posted a 2.03 ERA in five starts.
"I thought he was good but it was a battle for him," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "I thought they had a good approach on him. They shot some balls the other way. They have a good young group that battles you. The White Sox have been tough on him the last couple of years but I thought he was really good. He hung in there seven strong innings and we scored some runs."
Donaldson homered in the first off of losing pitcher Mike Pelfrey, and added a sac fly in the third inning and an RBI double in the sixth. Smoak went deep in the fifth to break a 2-2 tie and move to 31 home runs and 73 RBIs on the season.
Pelfrey yielded six earned runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings and fell to 3-9.
"[I'm] just not throwing strikes for whatever reason. I have no idea," said Pelfrey, who has walked 44 over 89 1/3 innings. "But you can't keep falling behind obviously. Not at this level. I just wasn't very good."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Rally interrupted: Smith and Nicky Delmonico delivered one-out singles in the eighth off of Ryan Tepera, with Delmonico's being the first of his Major League career, putting the White Sox in business fo rally. Tyler Saladino followed with a soft single to center, but Smith had to hold to make sure the ball fell safely and was eventually thrown out at the plate by Kevin Pillar. The White Sox did not score in the frame.
Defensive run saved:Alen Hanson kept the game deadlocked at 2-2 in the fifth when he took a home run away from Jose Bautista to open the inning. Hanson moved back toward the right-field wall and grabbed the ball just over the yellow line on the fence. Toronto would go on to score two in the frame on Smoak's home run.
"He's going to try to throw me off, so why not step out [of the batter's box] and try to throw him off," said Anderson, who added he felt disrespected by the comments from Stroman he claimed came during and after his strikeout. "It was one of those things. I stepped out and he just complains and cries like he always does. That's what it led to."
"It seemed like [Anderson] wanted to talk the entire way back to the dugout after striking out," Stroman said. "I got the ball back from Donaldson after throwing the ball around, and he was still continuing to talk, so I asked him what he was saying. He continued to talk more, so I walked toward the dugout. I thought he had a problem. I don't understand why he would be running his mouth walking back to the dugout. It made zero sense to me."
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Pillar led off the ninth inning by drawing a walk off David Holmberg, then tried to get into scoring position by stealing second base. Narvaez threw to second baseman Yolmer Sanchez, who applied the tag in time to initially rule Pillar out. The Blue Jays challenged, but the call on the field was confirmed.
WHAT'S NEXT Blue Jays: Left-hander J.A. Happ will take the mound when this three-game series comes to a close Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET. Happ has allowed three earned runs or less in all but one of his last nine starts.
White Sox:Derek Holland makes his 21st start of the season and 10th at home in Wednesday's 1:10 p.m. CT contest to complete the homestand. Holland is 1-7 with a 8.54 ERA, 18 home runs allowed and a .347 (76-for-219) opponents average over his last 11 starts.