Jays blow late six-run lead

The Associated Press
Jay Cohen

CHICAGO–The crowd groaned as the replay was shown on the videoboard in centre-field.
Yoan Moncada had to be helped into a cart. Willy Garcia was knocked out.
So yes, the Chicago White Sox enjoyed their dramatic victory very much.
But the encouraging prognosis for their injured teammates was even sweeter.
Matt Davidson singled in Leury Garcia for his second game-ending hit in as many days as the White Sox rallied to beat Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 last night after losing Moncada to a right knee injury.
“It’s huge for us,” Davidson said. “To win in the ninth inning is always fun.”
Adam Engel sparked the winning rally with a one-out single against Roberto Osuna (3-2).
Garcia then was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second.
After Tyler Saladino struck out swinging, Jose Abreu tied it at 6-6 with a single to right.
Davidson followed with another base hit into centre, and then was mobbed by his teammates as he ran around the infield.
“Nothing that I can do about it. I broke three bats,” Osuna noted.
“Like I say, I missed the location a couple times but it still was a good pitch.”
The White Sox trailed 6-1 before they scored four times in the eighth, capped by consecutive homers for Davidson and Yolmer Sanchez.
Davidson also hit a game-ending, two-run homer in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Cleveland.
“I think that this victory gives us confidence; gives us the energy and the motivation to come every day trying to do our best and try to work harder,” Abreu said through a translator.
Chris Beck (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win–helped by right-fielder Alen Hanson bringing in a foul pop-up tipped into the air by first baseman Abreu.
Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin, and Justin Smoak all homered for Toronto, which lost for the third time in four games.
Darwin Barney was credited with a three-run double on the frightening play in the sixth while Marco Estrada pitched seven sparkling innings.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Barney hit a fly ball into shallow right-field. A sprinting Moncada tried to pull up as Garcia went for the sliding catch, but he kneed the right-fielder in the head and the ball trickled out of Garcia’s glove.
“I got knocked out right away,” Garcia said through a translator while standing in front of his locker in the clubhouse.
“I didn’t remember what happened until the doctor started asking me questions here, and then I saw the video.”
Moncada, widely regarded as one of baseball’s top prospects, put no pressure on his right leg while he was helped to a cart by Abreu.
But the team said X-rays on Moncada were negative, and the second baseman was listed as day-to-day with a bruised knee.
Garcia, who walked off the field under his own power, has a head contusion and was to be evaluated again this morning.
“They’re both doing well,” said manager Rick Renteria.
“As we get the evaluations, we’ll know exactly where we might sit.”
The Blue Jays (49-57) were coming off a dramatic 11-10 victory against the L.A. Angels on Sunday on Steve Pearce’s second game-ending grand slam in four days.
But they remain in last place in the AL East and on the fringe of the wild-card race.
As well, left-hander Francisco Liriano and reliever Joe Smith were shipped out in a pair of trades ahead of yesterday’s non-waiver deadline.
“It’s like having a couple friends changing schools, so hopefully they pitch well where they are at and they’re happy,” Martin said.
“But we’re definitely going to miss those guys, that’s for sure.”
Toronto sent Liriano and cash to AL-leading Houston for outfielders Nori Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez.
Smith was traded to Cleveland for two minor-leaguers.
Aoki is expected to join Toronto before tonight’s game.
The Jays also reinstated left-hander J.P. Howell from the 15-day disabled list and brought up left-hander Brett Oberholtzer from ‘AAA’ Buffalo.
Howell had been sidelined by a left shoulder injury.
Meanwhile, Jays’ right-hander Aaron Sanchez, on the disabled list because of a recurrence of a blister on the middle finger of his right hand, is nearing a return.
“He’s feeling a lot better,” noted manager John Gibbons.
Sanchez could take Liriano’s spot in the rotation.
Elsewhere in the AL, New York beat Detroit 7-3, Boston downed Cleveland 6-2, Baltimore edged Kansas City 2-1, Houston doubled Tampa Bay 14-7, and Seattle topped Texas 6-4.