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  W: I. Nova (2-3)   L: M. Stroman (1-6)
12:07 PM PT1:07 PM MT2:07 PM CT3:07 PM ET15:07 ET19:07 GMT3:07 12:07 PM MST2:07 PM EST2:37 PM VEN23:07 UAE2:07 PM CT, May 11, 2019
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 24,563

Jays hope to string more wins together vs. White Sox

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Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Blue Jays have won three consecutive series over the White Sox dating back to July 2017, and prior to that stretch the White Sox won four straight series from July 2015 -- June 2017. Both teams hit over .270 against the other last season.
  2. The Blue Jays rank last in MLB with 14 runs scored in May. These 14 runs in an eight-game span are the second lowest in MLB this season (Marlins, 13 from April 3-12), and the Blue Jays have not scored fewer in an eight-game span since May 19-26, 2009 (13).
  3. When scoring three runs or fewer, the White Sox are 1-15 this season, 29th in MLB. When scoring at least four runs this season, the White Sox are 15-5, 10th in MLB.
  4. Tim Anderson is hitting .176 in May after hitting .375 in March and April. This is the second-largest decrease in batting average among MLB qualifiers this season (Daniel Vogelbach, .310.111).
  5. Billy McKinney hit a solo home run for the Jays' only run last time out, and he enters this series on a four-game hitting streak. The Blue Jays won the first four career games in which McKinney homered, and have since lost four straight.
  6. Jose Abreu is slashing .384/.430/.726 in his last 18 games after slashing .174/.266/.348 in his first 18 games of 2019. He hit .375 against Toronto last season, second among players in the AL Central (minimum 25 PA; Francisco Lindor, .395).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/10/2019 thru 5/12/2019

The Toronto Blue Jays ended their losing streak Friday night. Now the visiting Chicago White Sox will try to stop their string of losses as the three-game series continues Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Jays, who have had trouble scoring in the first three innings of games all season, got a three-run homer from Randal Grichuk in the first inning Friday and a solo shot from Teoscar Hernandez in the second.

They went on to defeat the White Sox 4-3 to end a five-game losing streak. Chicago has lost three straight.

It was the first time the Blue Jays have scored three first-inning runs this season. Their previous high was two runs, accomplished twice.

The White Sox are scheduled to start right-hander Ivan Nova (1-3, 7.04 ERA) Saturday while the Blue Jays are set to go with right-hander Marcus Stroman (1-5, 2.96).

"We swung the bat well, even the last out I thought (Charlie) Tilson (a flyout to the wall in center) drove the ball very, very well," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "I thought we had some good at-bats. We gave ourselves a chance to come back, we've just got to keep playing and allow everybody to do what they're doing.

"If we play good defense and the pitching holds its own, I mean it's no secret, it's cliche, but good pitching, some timely hitting and defense is the formula."

Nova is scheduled to make his eighth start of the season and his sixth on the road, where his ERA is 5.34 compared to 13.50 at home. He earned his first win with the White Sox in his last start Monday at Cleveland, allowing the Indians one run on eight hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out five.

He is 5-7 with a 5.66 ERA and 63 strikeouts over 17 career games (15 starts) against the Blue Jays. He has a 2-4 record with a 5.27 ERA and 35 strikeouts in nine career games (seven starts) at the Rogers Centre.

Stroman, who will make his ninth start of the season, won his only start against the White Sox last season, allowing seven hits, one walk and two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three. He is 2-3 with a 5.45 ERA in seven career starts against the White Sox.

Stroman is coming off his worst outing of the season Monday when he allowed eight hits, two walks and six runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings in an 8-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

The Blue Jays had a busy day of transactions before the game started. Clay Buchholz, who was scheduled to start Friday, was put on the injured list with a sore shoulder.

That meant reliever Daniel Hudson was used as an opener and allowed two hits and one run in his one inning. Joe Biagini, who pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings was given the win.

The Blue Jays also designated outfielder Socrates Brito for assignment and recalled outfielder Jonathan Davis from Triple-A Buffalo. Left-hander Thomas Pannone, who was to have been optioned to Buffalo, remained with Toronto and right-hander Javy Guerra had his contract selected from Buffalo.

"I don't want to use an opener if we don't have to," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "That (would mean) five starters are doing good, but we're not there now. So we need to be creative. That's why we're doing that (Friday). It could go either way. It could be (a starter) from Buffalo. We're just going to go day to day."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 11, 2019

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