Davidson, White Sox rally to stun Blue Jays

July 31st, 2017

CHICAGO -- After overcoming a six-run deficit to come back and win Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays returned the favor Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, as the White Sox rallied for seven runs in the game's final three innings to win, 7-6, on Matt Davidson's second walk-off hit in as many days.

Trailing 6-5 entering the ninth inning, the White Sox worked around an infield single, a hit by pitch, and a game-tying bloop RBI single from that had a hit probability of 22 percent, according to Statcast™ to bring things even against Blue Jays closer -- who had his sixth blown save of the season. Davidson, who hit a walk-off homer in Sunday's 3-1 win over Cleveland, followed with an RBI single into center field to score and give Chicago its first consecutive walk-off wins since it had three walk-off wins in a row July 23-25, 2016.

"It's probably lifting him up to the sky right now," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said of Davidson's hit. "He's feeling good about himself. Obviously the situation was to put together a great at-bat. He didn't try to do too much. Put the bat on the ball and [he] was able to allow us to drive in the final run and win the ballgame."

"I think I missed the location but it was a good pitch," Osuna said in reference to the final at-bat with Davidson. "I felt great out there. I'm feeling great. I don't know. I guess it's baseball, right? I broke three bats. I missed location on a couple of them but still, it was a good pitch."

White Sox second baseman , MLB Pipeline's top prospect, left the game due to right knee contusion sustained during a sixth-inning collision with teammate , who also left with a head contusion. X-rays on Moncada's knee were negative.

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"I thought both of them were down," Renteria said of Moncada and Garcia. "I thought they were both out, is what it looked like to me. Neither of them were moving.

"Both of them are actually alert and doing well. Willy's alert and doing well. We'll continue to reevaluate and see how it looks tomorrow."

White Sox right-hander couldn't avoid sharp contact and allowed three homers for the third time since coming off his first career stint on the disabled list on June 18. The veteran right-hander allowed five "barrels" over his six innings, according to Statcast™, including solo shots to Josh Donaldson, and that had exit velocities of 102.2, 108.2, and 104.8 mph, respectively. He was left on the hook for six runs, matching a season-high for the third time.

Blue Jays right-hander became the fourth opposing pitcher in a span of four games to take a no-hitter into the fifth inning, joining , and Josh Tomlin before him until 's one-out single into right field. Estrada worked seven innings and allowed four hits, with his lone run allowed coming on an sacrifice fly. It was his longest outing and first quality start since June 24.

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Bringer of Rain: Donaldson had struggled mightily in July for the Blue Jays, entering Monday's game hitting .202 for the month with just five extra-base hits. He got the Jays offense going in the first inning, however, taking a 1-2 Shields fastball on the outer half the other way a Statcast-projected 390 feet and just over the glove of White Sox center fielder , who slammed into the wall and went down hard before ultimately remaining in the game.

"I felt I made two bad pitches, the second two home runs," Shields said. "Donaldson's home run in the first, I didn't think he really got that ball that well."


Back-to-back: Davidson was the White Sox hero Sunday, as his walk-off homer was the club's first since 2015 and gave the team its first home win since July 2. Davidson went deep for the second straight game Monday, taking a 2-0 fastball from Blue Jays reliever the other way for a two-run homer -- his team-leading 22nd to cut the deficit to 6-4 in the eighth inning. , who came in for Moncada, followed with a Statcast-projected 386-foot homer off to cut the lead to one.

"Joe was definitely off a little bit," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "As far as Osuna, they kind of bled him to death. They got some key hits but the one that started it all was the infield chopper and the hit batter … I don't necessarily think he was off. They just found some holes and had some good at-bats." 


"When you keep getting asked every day, it's kind of hard to let it go. Baseball is a business. I understand, it's part of it. If it was going to happen, it was going to happen. But I've expressed to them that I'm really happy here and I love playing for Toronto. I'm glad I'm still here and that I was able to pitch well for them today. Just wish we would have won." -- Estrada on not getting traded despite the rumors leading into Monday's non-waiver Deadline

"We had a meeting a few weeks ago in KC and we talked about how we can do things better on the field. I think that he's been taking advantage of that situation, using the whole field and that's something that lets you know that the kids are trying to do better and trying to take any piece of advice that you could give them. That's good. That makes you feel proud, because you see that they are trying harder. They're trying to find ways for them to have success and that's good." -- Abreu, on Davidson and the young guys stepping up


The three-run homer Biagini surrendered in the eighth inning snapped a streak of 10 2/3 scoreless innings dating back to July 9 vs. Houston.

Davidson became the first White Sox player to record consecutive walk-offs since Tony Graffanino on Sept. 21-22, 2001.


The Blue Jays added onto their lead with three runs scoring on a double after Moncada and right fielder Willy Garcia collided on Garcia's attempt to catch the ball. The ball appeared to be in Garcia's glove, but came out after the collision. The White Sox challenged that it was a catch, but the call was confirmed after a 22-second review since Garcia did not voluntarily remove the ball from his glove. Barney was awarded a three-RBI double.

With the White Sox down one in the ninth inning, Engel appeared to get the offense going by beating out Donaldson's throw from third base for an infield single. The call was challenged by Toronto, and confirmed after a 15-second review. Engel was awarded the single.

Leury Garcia appeared to have a Osuna fastball graze his jersey with Engel on and one out in the ninth, prompting home-plate umpire Chad Fairchild to rule it a hit by pitch. Third-base umpire Larry Vanover initiated a crew chief review, and the call stood after a review that lasted 1:03.


Blue Jays: Right-hander (9-5, 3.08) will take the mound for Toronto when this series continues on Tuesday night at 8:10 p.m. ET. Stroman allowed three runs in his last start but he also lasted just 4 2/3 innings before he was ejected by the home plate umpire for arguing about the strike zone. He has allowed three runs or less in six consecutive outings.

White Sox:Mike Pelfrey (3-8, 4.73 ERA) will take the mound for the 7:10 p.m. CT start against the Blue Jays in the second of a three-game set. He's looking to go six innings for the first time since the last time he faced Toronto -- June 17 at the Rogers Centre.

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