TORONTO – Jose Abreu hit two solo home runs, Alexei Ramirez added a two-run blast and the Chicago White Sox survived a shaky ninth inning to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 Friday night for their second win in nine games.
Dayan Viciedo also went deep as the White Sox won for the second time in 12 road games and connected four times off Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Abreu led off the fifth with his 24th home run, then connected for his 25th to begin the seventh. It was the fourth multihomer game of the season for Abreu, who is tied with Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion and Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz for most homers in the majors.
Abreu is the second player to have four multihomer games in his first 67 career games. The other was Atlanta’s Bob Horner in 1978.
As the White Sox arrived at the midpoint of the season, Abreu moved more than halfway toward beating Mark McGwire’s rookie home run record of 49, set with Oakland in 1987.
Encarnacion also homered, going back to back with Dioner Navarro in the sixth, but that was all the Blue Jays would manage against left-hander John Danks, who won for the fourth time in five starts. Danks (7-6) came in 1-4 with a 6.46 ERA in six career starts against the Blue Jays, but was sharp in this one, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out two.
Javy Guerra pitched the seventh and Zack Putnam worked the eighth before Ronald Belisario gave up a leadoff homer by pinch-hitter Colby Rasmus in the ninth. Belisario got Juan Francisco to ground out, but was replaced by Eric Surkamp after consecutive singles by Munenori Kawasaki and Anthony Gose.
Surkamp was replaced by Jake Petricka after pitch-hitter Adam Lind reached on a fielding error by third baseman Conor Gillapsie, loading the bases for Jose Reyes, who brought home a run with a fielder’s choice. Petricka responded by getting Melky Cabrera to ground out for his second save.
Dickey (6-7) lost his third straight start, allowing five runs and five hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out nine.
Dickey has allowed 10 home runs over his past five starts, accounting for 13 of the 14 runs he’s allowed in that span.
The four home runs off Dickey were the most he’d allowed since giving up six against Detroit on April 6, 2006, his first major league start as a knuckleball pitcher.
Dickey didn’t allow a hit through the first four innings Friday. Abreu reached on a fielding error by shortstop Reyes in the second but was erased on an inning-ending double play.
Toronto’s Steve Tolleson hit a one-out double in the bottom of the second and went to third on Kawasaki’s single, but was thrown out after straying too far from the base when Kawasaki got caught in a rundown between first and second.