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TORONTO (AP) — Alejandro Kirk broke a tie with an RBI single in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 Wednesday night.
After Blue Jays starter Robbie Ray matched his career high by striking out 14 over seven innings, Tim Mayza (4-1) worked a perfect eighth and Jordan Romano finished for his 13th save in 14 chances.
“This was a huge win for us, a huge momentum swing,” Ray said. “We’re looking to come back tomorrow and keep building on it.”
Ray has a 1.59 ERA in five starts this month and has struck out 42 batters in 34 innings.
“He was great again,” manager Charlie Montoyo said. “Fourteen strikeouts. Amazing.”
White Sox left-hander Aaron Bummer (2-5) struck out the first two batters he faced in the eighth before giving up singles to Teoscar Hernández, pinch-hitter Breyvic Valera, and Kirk.
José Ruiz replaced Bummer, and Toronto loaded the bases when Lourdes Gurriel Jr. reached on an error by Yoán Moncada. Randal Grichuk followed with a four-pitch walk, making it 3-1.
AL Central-leading Chicago lost for the fourth time in five games.