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White Sox 3 HRs back Pelfrey's strong start

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TORONTO -- Scoring opportunities were few and far between for the White Sox on Saturday afternoon, but with the way the ball was flying out of the yard, it didn't even really matter.

Todd Frazier, Matt Davidson and Jose Abreu each hit solo home runs in a 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Right-hander Mike Pelfrey picked up the victory after allowing just one run on four hits with no walks over six innings.

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TORONTO -- Scoring opportunities were few and far between for the White Sox on Saturday afternoon, but with the way the ball was flying out of the yard, it didn't even really matter.

Todd Frazier, Matt Davidson and Jose Abreu each hit solo home runs in a 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Right-hander Mike Pelfrey picked up the victory after allowing just one run on four hits with no walks over six innings.

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Video: CWS@TOR: Pelfrey fans five over six strong innings

"I think that's his best start for us to date," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "Especially because he continued to throw strikes effectively through the fifth, and even through the sixth when [Kevin Pillar] got the line-drive single to center. So he did a very nice job."

The surging White Sox have won five of their last six games and earned back-to-back series victories for the first time since the end of April. Chicago, which at one point earlier this month was nine games below .500, improved to 31-36 with a chance for a series sweep on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.

Video: CWS@TOR: Abreu drives a sizzling homer to center

"We've been swinging the bats better," Renteria said. "We've been able to score early in most of these series. I think the relief corps, on top of that, has been able to come in and hold the offense on the opposite side. They're just playing really good baseball right now. I think things are kind of coming together at this point."

Right-hander Marcus Stroman took the loss after allowing all three home runs, which matched his career high. He scattered six hits and a walk while striking out five, but the long ball proved costly. It was Stroman's first loss since April 18, and he has allowed more than three earned runs in just one of his last eight starts.

"To be honest, I thought Stro was good today, he really was," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "The three solo home runs, but he did his job. We just couldn't get enough offense going. Overall, the ball was flying. They have some pretty good hitters. They swing it over there. They've got some pretty strong dudes who can do that."

The Blue Jays scored their first run in the second inning on an RBI ground-rule double by Ryan Goins and rookie Dwight Smith Jr. chipped in with an RBI single during the seventh, but that was it for an offense that went 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Video: CWS@TOR: Goins plates a run with a ground-rule double

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Back-to-back jacks: Frazier got things started in the second inning with a no-doubter to left field that was projected to travel 428 feet and left his bat at 108 mph, according to Statcast™. Davidson followed with a solo shot of his own, which Statcast™ projected at 414 feet with an exit velocity of 103 mph. It was the fourth time this season that Chicago went back-to-back and the fourth time Toronto pitchers allowed consecutive homers.

Video: CWS@TOR: Davidson backs up Frazier with a big fly

"I felt pretty good, they put some good swings on a couple of balls, but other than that, I felt pretty good out there," Stroman said. "They're swinging it pretty hot right now. I feel like one through nine, every guy is kind of on the ball, every guy is taking good at-bats, every guy is competing in the box."

Stopping the rally: Toronto entered the bottom of the seventh trailing by two, but there was a glimmer of hope when Justin Smoak and Troy Tulowitzki each reached base with one out. Smith Jr. followed with an RBI single up the middle to make it a one-run game, which prompted a pitching change. Lefty Tommy Kahnle entered and then induced an inning-ending double play off the bat of Goins.

Video: CWS@TOR: Smith Jr. plates Smoak for first career RBI

QUOTABLE
"I knew coming into today that I'd have to be pretty good, because the guy on the other side, Stroman's pretty dang good." -- Pelfrey, on Stroman

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Josh Donaldson had a multi-error game for the second time this season and the third time in his career.

Video: CWS@TOR: Hanson comes home on Donaldson's error

WHAT'S NEXT
White Sox: Right-hander James Shields (1-0, 1.62 ERA) will come off the disabled list to start Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays at 12:07 p.m. CT. Shields last pitched on April 16 before hitting the DL with a right lat strain. He's made three rehab starts for Triple-A Charlotte, pitching five innings in each of his last two outings.

Blue Jays: Left-hander J.A. Happ (1-4, 4.31) will take the mound when the Blue Jays close out this series on Sunday at 1:07 p.m. ET. Happ did not allow a run, while striking out eight and walking just one in his last start vs. the Mariners. This will be his fourth start since returning from the 10-day disabled list with left elbow soreness.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto and covered the White Sox on Saturday.