LaRoche gets winning hit, White Sox beat Blue Jays 5-3
TORONTO (AP) What could have been another disastrous defeat for the Chicago White Sox ended instead as an uplifting victory.
Adam LaRoche singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and the White Sox survived their second blown save in two games to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Wednesday, avoiding a three-game sweep.
''There's some resilience there,'' manager Robin Ventura said of his team, which lost its fourth straight Tuesday on Josh Donaldson's walkoff homer. ''Especially after last night, you can just lay down and think it's going to happen all over again and you don't answer the bell. It says a lot about the group.''
Jose Abreu had three hits with two RBIs and scored the winning run as Chicago won for the second time in nine games. The White Sox avoided what would have been their first sweep in Toronto since 2009.
David Robertson, who blew the save in Tuesday's 10-9 loss, got burned again when Donaldson tied it at 3 with a solo homer into the second deck in the ninth.
''He's owned me the last two days,'' Robertson said. ''It stung, it really did. I felt like I had a great opportunity there to kind of get some redemption after yesterday.''
Donaldson's fourth homer in three games denied Samardzija his third straight win. Samardzija allowed one unearned run and eight hits in seven innings.
''We needed this one,'' Samardzija said. ''In baseball you always talk about streaks. When you're going good you want to continue those and ride those out as long as you can. When it's not going good you want to put a stop to it as fast as possible.''
Chicago answered Donaldson's drive as quickly as it possibly could. Abreu opened the 10th with a triple off Roberto Osuna (1-1) and scored on LaRoche's single. Two outs later, Gordon Beckham's double made it 5-3.
''We definitely needed a win,'' Robertson said. ''We hadn't had one in a while, so it was nice.''
It was the first time Osuna had allowed a run since April 27 at Boston, ending a streak of 11 scoreless outings.
''Nobody goes unscathed in this business,'' manager John Gibbons said.
Robertson (4-1) allowed a single and a walk in the bottom half but got Danny Valencia to ground into a fielder's choice for the final out.
Originally scheduled as an evening start, the game was moved to the afternoon because the White Sox are playing a doubleheader in Baltimore Thursday, making up games from April 27 and 28 that were postponed by protests and civil unrest in the city.
Attendance was 15,463.
Chicago opened the scoring in the third. With two outs and men at first and second, Abreu lifted a fly ball to shallow right that Ezequiel Carrera lost in the sun. The ball ticked off Carrera's glove and dropped for a two-run double.
J.B. Shuck made it 3-0 with a two-out RBI single in the sixth.
Toronto got its first run on Donaldson's sacrifice fly in the seventh, then cut it to 3-2 on pinch-hitter Justin Smoak's RBI single off Zach Putnam in the eighth. Zach Duke came on and got pinch-hitter Valencia for the final out of the eighth, stranding runners at the corners.
Toronto's Russell Martin started at catcher but moved to second base in the ninth, just the second time in his career he's played there. The only other time he did it was Aug. 20, 2011, with the New York Yankees. Martin handled one chance, flipping to SS Jose Reyes for a force out at second. Martin got the call because Steve Tolleson (groin) was unavailable.
BIG HURT'S BIRTHDAY
Former White Sox and Blue Jays slugger Frank Thomas turned 47 on Wednesday.
White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia (right knee) missed his second straight game.
Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis (left shoulder) took groundballs before the game and hopes to start swinging again soon. ... C Dioner Navarro (left hamstring) went 0 for 1 with two walks and a sacrifice fly in his second rehab game at Triple-A Buffalo.
White Sox: LHP Chris Sale (3-2, 4.21) will pitch the opening game of Thursday's doubleheader at Baltimore, with RHP Chris Beck coming up from Triple-A Charlotte to make his major league debut in the second game. Beck is 3-2 with a 3.30 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A. RHP Tyler Wilson (1-0, 4.50) will start Game 1 for Baltimore and RHP Mike Wright (1-0, 0.00) starts Game 2.
Blue Jays: Toronto is off Thursday before beginning a three-game series at Minnesota on Friday. LHP Mark Buehrle (5-4, 5.13) faces RHP Trevor May (3-3, 4.95) in the opener. Buehrle has lost his past two starts.