CHICAGO — Andrew Vaughn tied Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays with a solo home run in the seventh inning, and the rookie left fielder put the Chicago White Sox ahead one inning later with a sacrifice fly to deep center, scoring José Abreu.
That was the first of five eighth-inning runs for the Sox on the way to a 6-1 victory in front of 12,761 at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Vaughn’s sacrifice fly against reliever Trent Thornton gave the Sox a 2-1 lead. Adam Eaton followed with a pinch-hit, bloop RBI single against Carl Edwards Jr.
Leury García knocked in two with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tim Anderson for the final run.
The big inning propelled the Sox to their fourth win in five games.
Both starting pitchers had impressive outings.
Carlos Rodón kept the Sox close early, allowing one run on six hits with eight strikeouts and two walks in five tough innings. Blue Jays starter Robbie Ray allowed one run on five hits with 13 strikeouts in 6⅓ innings.
Ray struck out at least two Sox batters in four innings, while Rodón had to work out of jams in four of his five innings.
The Blue Jays had runners on the corners with one out in the first. Rodón struck out the next two batters to end the inning without giving up a run.
The Blue Jays again put runners on the corners with no outs in the second. Jonathan Davis drove in one with a sacrifice fly, but that’s all Rodón would allow.
Rodón found himself in more trouble in the third when the Blue Jays placed runners on first and second with no outs. He got a strikeout and a double play.
And in the fifth, the Blue Jays had a runner on third with one out. Rodón kept him there and kept the score at 1-0.
Vaughn tied it with his fifth home run in the seventh. He delivered again in the eighth with the bases-loaded sacrifice fly.
Liam Hendriks allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth as the Sox maintained a four-game lead in the American League Central over the second-place Cleveland Indians.