CHICAGO — Bo Bichette netted a Grand Slam and Alejandro Kirk netted in game two in a row, as Ross Streibling and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 9-5 on Wednesday.
Petchett’s second professional slam culminated in the fourth of five rounds as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game winning streak.
“Boo and everyone, it was great seeing mentality this morning,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “I hope you guys have seen it. Like everyone said, let’s go. Let’s turn the page. It’s not easy for the guys, but they did a good job at it.”
Kirk hit the RBI song in first and Homer in third. He beats the All-Star fan vote for the AL catchers and leads all major league eligible players in batting averages (.307) and OPS (.857).
Kirk hit 0.364 (8 for 22) by four home runs and eight RBI in five games against the White Sox this season.
Lucas Giolito (4-4) allowed seven runs at the highest level of the season with 11 strokes in five innings. He has a 9.47 ERA in his last five starts.
“There’s no excuse for the way I’m doing,” Giolito said. “It is very horrific.”
Kirk is 4 vs 9 with three home runs and six lifetimes of RBI against Giolito.
Stripling (4-2) gave up one in six. He cleared five strokes and didn’t let the runner finish second until Josh Harrison scored a first on Lewis Robert’s song in sixth.
Stripling has allowed 12 hits over the last 20 rounds 2/3, and has scored 1.31 ERAs in his last four starts.
“If you don’t have strong stuff, you can control your performances,” said Montoyo, who said reducer Yemi Garcia was not available due to left-sided discomfort. “He’s been doing it and it’s really good. It’s gone down (the number of his presentations) because people are in touch.”
The White Sox collected seven hits in the last three innings after Stripling’s departure. They scored three goals in eighth and brought a potential equalizer back to the plate, but Liuri Garcia was impressed.
Robert extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He slowly moved into first place and stayed there even after his kick to left player Lourdes Gouriel Jr. was left out of the game in the end in eighth place.
White Sox extended at shortstop. Head coach Tony La Russa said before the match that Tim Anderson, who returned on Monday after missing 18 games due to a strain in his right thigh, did not play on doctor’s orders.
White Sox Shortstop Danny Mendick left after colliding with left player Adam Haseley in a second and left knockout due to discomfort in his right knee. Garcia, who had missed the last four matches due to side discomfort, replaced him.
Right player Adam Engel left after three rounds due to right hamstring soreness.
La Rossa said Robert, Mendyk and Engel underwent an MRI after the match.
“It was a good time to get (Robert) out of there,” La Rossa said.
“When (yet) the balls don’t go to the wall, he doesn’t go to second place, you know he feels some aches there.”
Blue Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martinez has been sent off during a pre-match squad exchange.
White Sox: RHP Matt Foster has been brought back from the bereavement list. RHP Davis Martin has been selected for Triple-A Charlotte.
Blue Jays: George Springer didn’t play because of right elbow discomfort.
White Sox: 1B Jose Abreu (hip) relegated to assigned batting duties. …of Eloy Jiménez (right hamstring rupture), on a rehab assignment in Charlotte, texted La Russa indicating he was feeling better. “Better means it’s different than ‘I’m ready to come back,'” La Rossa said.
Blue Jays: RHB Alex Manoah (8-2, 2.00) will face the Brewers on Friday in Milwaukee. Manoah allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings from Saturday’s 8-2 loss to the Yankees.
White Sox: RHP Johnny Cueto (1-3, 2.95) will face the Orioles in Thursday’s series opening. Koito hit seven rounds of two-strokes Saturday in a 7-0 win over the Astros.