The Associated Press
CHICAGO–An injury to star rookie Lourdes Gurriel Jr. dampened the excitement after a late Blue Jays comeback.
Brandon Drury hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a five-run ninth inning and Toronto beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 yesterday.
Gurriel extended his Toronto record of consecutive multihit games to 11 with an RBI single in the eighth inning and another RBI single in the ninth. But he was helped off the field after trying to slide into second base and avoid a tag on the latter.
The Blue Jays said Gurriel had a sprained left ankle and bruised left knee. X-rays yesterday were negative for a fracture and Gurriel will have an MRI exam today.
Teoscar Hernandez hit his 16th homer to tie the game leading off the ninth for the Blue Jays, who won two of three against the White Sox. Luke Maile added an RBI double in the ninth.
Gurriel’s RBI single in the eighth cut the lead to 3-2. The 24-year-old has batted .500 (25 for 50) during the streak, which ties Tony Perez in 1973 for the longest in the last 50 years in the majors.
Aledmys Diaz had two hits, including his 10th home run for the Blue Jays, who had lost four of their last five.
Pinch-hitter Daniel Palka homered in the ninth for the White Sox off Ryan Tepera. Omar Narvaez had three hits, including his first career triple, and drove in two runs.
Matt Davidson had two hits for Chicago.
Luis Santos (1-1) allowed a run in two innings for the win.
Jace Fry (0-2) allowed three runs without recording an out.
Rodon gave up two runs and five hits, struck out six and walked one in 7 2/3 innings. He has allowed four runs in his last 22 2/3 innings.
Rookie left-hander Ryan Borucki allowed two runs and six hits, struck out five and walked one in six innings for Toronto.
The 24-year-old native of nearby Highland Park, Illinois, grew up rooting for the White Sox.
“Even before, the last couple of days, I was looking up to where I used to sit as a kid,” Borucki said. “It’s crazy to think I’m actually here and got to play today against the White Sox.”
Elsewhere in the American League, the Mariners beat the Angels 8-5; the Yankees defeated the Royals 6-3; the Red Sox blanked the Twins 3-0; the Orioles dominated the Rays 11-5; the Indians tamed the Tigers 8-1; and the Rangers beat the Astros 4-3.
In National League action, the Giants squashed the Brewers 8-5; the Diamondbacks beat the Padres 5-4; the Cubs mauled the Cardinals 5-2; the Reds beat the Phillies 4-0; the Marlins blanked the Nationals 5-0; the Braves defeated the Dodgers 4-1; and the Mets edged the Pirates 1-0.
In interleague play, the Rockies edged the Athletics 3-2.