CHICAGO (AP) — Andrew Vaughan needed a triple to cycle when he came to the plate in the sixth inning.
He settled for another single – and a perfect night at the plate.
Vaughan hit a career-high match with four hits, including a single homer, and the Chicago White Sox celebrated the return of Tim Anderson with an 8-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
“From one to nine, we can all hit. Even everyone on the bench can hit,” Vaughan said. “If we start to piece it together, good things Will be.”
Louis Robert and Josh Harrison also made a comeback at home as Chicago opened a seven-game homestand with their fifth win in seven games.
Anderson got two hits in his first big league game since May 29. He was dropped from the 10-day injury list due to a right groin strain.
“I was watching the ball pretty well, so if I stay where I am, just keep pushing, I’ll be in a good place,” Anderson said.
Toronto suffered a defeat for the fourth time in five matches. Raimel Tapia and Cavan Bigio hit two-run homers each for the Blue Jays, but Jose Berrios (5-3) was tagged in for six runs and nine hits in four innings.
“He was missing an arm-side, so all his broken pitches were in the center of the zone,” said manager Charlie Montoyo, “and he paid the price for it.”
Biggio’s first homer of the season cut Chicago’s lead by one run in the ninth. But Joe Kelly retired George Springer and Bo Bichette and closed his first defense this season.
Toronto’s rally fell short after erasing an 8-3 deficit on the way to a 10-9 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday.
“It happened again. Our offense came back, but it’s hard to do that every night when the other team scores so many runs,” Montoyo said.
Harrison put Chicago forward with a two-run shot in the second for his first homer with the White Sox. Robert dropped another two-run shot on the 436-foot drive into third, and made it 6-2 with his seventh homer moments after Vaughan picked Anderson first in the fourth.
“It was a tough night for me,” Berios said.
Vaughan also doubled the first home Anderson, scoring a single in the third, and a single in the sixth. He is batting .415 (27 runs for 65 runs) in his last 15 matches.
“I mean his stroke today was as pure as it could be,” said White Sox manager Tony La Russa.
Chicago right-hander Lance Lynn (1-0) was charged with five runs, three earned and four hits in a five-run knock earlier this year. He missed the start of the season due to surgery on his right knee.
Blue Jays: c Danny Jensen (broken bone in left arm) hits a tee and plays a catch before the game. … LHP Tyler Saucedo (right hip trouble) is set to make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.
White Sox: To make room for Anderson on the active roster, 3B Yoan Moncada was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained right hamstring. Moncada suffered a 13-3 loss in the third innings at Houston on Friday night. … of Aloy Jimenez is set to resume his rehab with Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. The slugger had surgery on April 26 to repair a torn hamstring tendon at the back of his right knee. His first rehabilitation period in minors was stopped because of leg pain.
Right-handers Kevin Gaussman (5-6, 3.21 ERA) and Dylan Siege (5-3, 2.91 ERA) pitch Tuesday night. Gaussmann is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA starting for Toronto in June 3. The Siege led Chicago to a 5-1 win in Detroit last week, scoring eight runs in five innings of a one-ball delivery.
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