Morales, Martin help Blue Jays beat White Sox to snap skid

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Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) celebrates his two-run home run off Chicago White Sox starter James Shields during sixth inning American League baseball action in Toronto, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Ryan Goins' first triple of the season two batters later drove in the winning run.

The White Sox have won six straight games at the Rogers Centre dating to July 8, 2015, and also have taken nine of their past 10 meetings with the Blue Jays overall. "Stroman's pretty good but luckily he made a couple of mistakes and the boys took advantage of it". Stroman has gone 6-0 with a 2.77 ERA in his past 10 starts with hitters going.259/.315/.362 against him.

"I think that's his best start for us today", manager Rick Renteria said, "especially because he continued to throw strikes effectively through the fifth and even the sixth". He caught Melky Cabrera's comebacker off the hop, wheeled around to throw to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki at second and start the 1-6-3 double play to end the inning.

"That was huge because they had the go-ahead run at first and the tying run at second", Kahnle said.

Abreu added to Chicago's advantage by leading off the sixth inning with his 11th home run of the season, a line drive over the center-field fence. Abreu's was his 11th of the season. White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon (left biceps bursitis) allowed seven hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings Saturday with Triple-A Charlotte in his third rehabilitation start. Quintana's win on Friday was his first since May 19 and he ended the game giving up just two earned runs while recording five strikeouts and allowing two walks.

Late in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox, Jays centre fielder Kevin Pillar had to make a catch with his young teammate Dwight Smith Jr., basically draped all over him.

"I know we're swinging the bats a little better", he said.

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Blue Jays manager John Gibbons agreed with his starting pitcher, saying he wasn't anxious about complacency in Toronto's clubhouse after the team went 18-10 in May to recover from an 8-17 April. Sanchez did not have a firm timeline for his return but said a long toss session this week went well. "They play the game the right way and they're risky".

To commemorate Father's Day this weekend, both teams wore baby blue caps, with matching numbers logos, belts and various other accessories. Anthony Swarzak (3-2) took the loss. For the second straight day the roof was closed midway through the game due to impending thunderstorms.

Morales blasted his 15th homer of the season to left and the Blue Jays led 6-3. Manager John Gibbons said that 24-year-old would have one more bullpen before heading down to the minors to continue his rehab.

As anticipated, the Blue Jays activated Steve Pearce from the disabled list prior to the game and he was immediately inserted into the starting lineup in left field.

After giving up a run in the second, White Sox starter Mike Pelfrey settled down and went three innings without giving up a hit.

The Jays now head out on the road for seven games against the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, still chasing that elusive.500 mark against teams in the same situation.

Shields sustained a strained right lat April 16, retarding his fast start to the season and sending him to the disabled list for the first time in his 12-year career.

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