Frazier drives in go-ahead run, White Sox beat Blue Jays 7-5
TORONTO (AP) Facing a four-run deficit against Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman, White Sox manager Robin Ventura figured his team was finished.
Far from it.
Todd Frazier doubled home the go-ahead run in a five-run seventh inning and the White Sox rallied to beat Toronto 7-5 on Monday night.
Frazier went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, Jimmy Rollins had three hits, and Adam Eaton had two hits and two RBIs as the White Sox overcame a four-run deficit to win their fourth straight.
''Coming up big, man,'' Frazier said. ''That's what this team is about. We were down four runs but we weren't out and we just battled our tails off.''
Zach Putnam (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win. Dan Jennings got one out, Matt Albers worked the eighth and David Robertson finished for his eighth save.
Troy Tulowitzki made the final out when he was hit by Michael Saunders' infield hopper while running from first to second.
Saunders hit a two-run home run for the Blue Jays, who failed to win three consecutive home games for the first time this season.
Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman looked set to win his eighth straight decision after allowing one run and four hits over the first six innings.
''We were down and out there,'' Ventura said. ''I think Stroman had us at a point where it look pretty bleak.''
Instead, things went sour in the seventh. Stroman stayed in the game after taking Dioner Navarro's comebacker off his left elbow, then left after walking the next batter, ninth hitter Austin Jackson, on four pitches to load the bases.
Brett Cecil (0-4) came on and gave up a two-run single to Eaton and an RBI single to Rollins as Chicago cut the deficit to 5-4.
''We're resilient,'' Navarro said. ''We know what we've got and we know what we're capable of.''
Cecil left after walking Jose Abreu to load the bases, but Frazier hit a two-run double on the second pitch he saw from right-hander Gavin Floyd, giving the White Sox a 6-5 lead.
''You were able to kind of feel that coming,'' Ventura said. ''I think each guy that came up got more confidence from the at bat the guy had before.''
Six straight White Sox batters reached with two outs in the 11-batter, five-hit inning.
''That's huge,'' Frazier said. ''You don't see it too often, especially with two outs.''
Stroman allowed four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He is winless in three career games against the White Sox.
Although his elbow was bruised, Stroman said he was not seriously injured.
''The arm's good, just a little bruised,'' he said.
Recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to make his first start of the season, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez allowed five runs and 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings.
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Navarro and RHP Mat Latos were among the White Sox players watching the Game 7 showdown between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues in the clubhouse afterward.
Albers recorded his franchise record 30th consecutive scoreless appearance, breaking Jesse Crain's 2013 mark.
Gonzalez started in place of winless left-hander John Danks, whose next start will come Thursday at Baltimore.
White Sox: C Kevan Smith (back spasms) was scratched from what would have been his major league debut after being injured during the team stretch. ''It will go down in folklore history of weird things that happen to people,'' Ventura said. Smith was recalled from Triple-A Sunday when C Alex Avila (right hamstring) went on the 15-day DL.
Blue Jays: C Russell Martin (neck spasms) sat for the second straight game. ... Josh Donaldson (left leg) started at DH with Darwin Barney at third base.
White Sox: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.80) will be pitching on five days rest when faces a Blue Jays lineup whose top sluggers feast on left-handed pitching. Bautista, Donaldson and Encarnacion are hitting a combined .405 (15 for 37) with three home runs against lefties.
Blue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey (1-2, 6.10) is winless in his past three starts. The knuckleballer is 2-5 with a 7.40 ERA in 11 career games against the White Sox.