TORONTO -- Joe Biagini had been on a nice little roll as a starting pitcher, but somebody forgot to tell the top of the White Sox lineup.Alen Hanson, Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu combined to go 7-for-13 with four extra-base hits and nine RBIs in an 11-4 victory over the
TORONTO -- Joe Biagini had been on a nice little roll as a starting pitcher, but somebody forgot to tell the top of the White Sox lineup.
Alen Hanson, Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu combined to go 7-for-13 with four extra-base hits and nine RBIs in an 11-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Rogers Centre. The White Sox have won four of their last five games and a victory on Saturday or Sunday would give them back-to-back series wins for the first time since late April.
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After being staked to an early lead, White Sox lefty Jose Quintana was able to cruise through most of his outing. The 28-year-old allowed two runs on five hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts over seven frames. Quintana (3-8) has allowed three runs or fewer in three starts this month, but Friday was the first time since May 19 that he completed at least six innings.
"Today my command was really good," Quintana said. "I threw a lot of strikes. My fastball command and offspeed late were good. The fastball command on both sides was really good tonight."
Biagini endured the worst start of his young career. He allowed four runs in the first and three more in the second before he was pulled from the game. Biagini allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits and a walk. He did not record a strikeout for the first time in eight starts and he retired just three batters in the shortest start of his career.
Steve Pearce, Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak homered for the Blue Jays, who dropped to 5-11 against a left-handed starting pitcher this season. Pearce came off the disabled list prior to the game, while Smoak has 19 home runs, which is tied with the Rays' Logan Morrison for the second-highest total in the American League. Yankees slugger Aaron Judge leads with 22.
"Obviously, he was off, there was no question about that," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Biagini. "He just had trouble throwing strikes. I had never seen that out of him before … I think it was just one of those outings. That's the way it goes sometimes. He has been so good. I don't want to look into it too deeply. Health wise, he's fine there."
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Jose gets best of Jose: The White Sox didn't waste time getting to Biagini. Hanson hit a leadoff infield single and Cabrera followed with a walk. Abreu then hit a deep fly ball to the corner in right field. Jose Bautista attempted to make a play on it, but he crashed into the wall and the ball bounced away toward the infield. Two runs scored on Abreu's eighth career triple, which came as part of a four-run first.
"Defense can always set a tone for a game," Gibbons said. "Early, late. There were a couple of chopped balls to second with guys who can fly, those aren't easy plays. Bottom line, [Biagini] was off tonight, which is very unusual, we haven't seen that out of him."
The Melk Man: Chicago's lineup kept coming for Biagini in the second. Yolmer Sanchez and Hanson led off with singles and then Cabrera came through with a double to the gap in right-center against his former team. Both runners scored and Cabrera came home on Abreu's RBI double to right that chased Biagini from the game. Cabrera, who finished with five RBIs, reached base at least three times for the third time this month -- lifting an average that was .259 on June 1 to .281.
"The team is playing well right now," Cabrera said through a translator. "The most important thing is to keep working, keep doing the things that we have been doing, and we believe in ourselves."
"I felt like I was not staying within my mechanics very well. This is something I used to struggle with a lot in the Minor Leagues, especially my first couple of years when I really struggled. I made some improvements on that over the course of my time pitching … but once in awhile, I think it flares up a little bit." -- Biagini, on what he noticed while watching video of his start
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Cabrera's three-run jack in the fifth inning was his hardest-hit homer since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015. The shot to left field came off his bat at 110.2 mph, which surpassed his previous best of 107.5 on June 28, 2015.
The Blue Jays are 0-7 in games that would have got them to .500. ... Toronto's 6.14 ERA in the first inning ranks 25th in the Majors.
White Sox: Right-hander Mike Pelfrey (2-5, 3.81 ERA) will start Saturday's middle game at 12:07 p.m. CT. He worked one inning of relief on Wednesday, just two days after throwing 83 pitches in his previous start. Pelfrey last faced the Blue Jays on July 8, 2016, throwing six innings of one-run ball.
Blue Jays: Right-hander Marcus Stroman (7-2, 3.09) will take the mound when this series continues on Saturday at 1:07 p.m. ET. Stroman has allowed two earned runs or fewer in all but one of his previous seven outings, and he has gone at least six innings in each of his last three.
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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the White Sox on Friday.