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TORONTO (AP) — Luis Robert hit a two-run home run, Carlos Rodón won in his return from the injured list and the Chicago White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-7 Thursday.
José Abreu, César Hernández and Eloy Jiménez each hit solo shots as the White Sox earned a split in the four- game series.
Rodón (10-5) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. Activated off the injured list before the game, the right-hander hadn’t pitched since Aug. 7 because of a sore shoulder.
“Very encouraging,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Can’t wait to send him back out there.”
Tim Anderson had three hits and two RBIs and Leury Garcia had two RBIs and scored twice as the White Sox held on after building a 9-2 lead.
Marcus Semien hit two home runs for the Blue Jays, a solo shot off Rodón in the first and a two-run blast off Michael Kopech as Toronto closed the gap with a five-run sixth. The homers were Semien’s 31st and 32nd.
It was Semien’s ninth career multi-homer game and his third of the season.
Ryan Tepera and Garrett Crochet each pitched one scoreless inning of relief and Craig Kimbrel finished for his first save with the White Sox, his 24th in 27 chances this season.
Kimbrel said a good fast- ball helped him wrap it up in just six pitches, all strikes.
“It seemed like my ball was spinning like it was supposed to today,” he said.
Chicago’s first three home runs came off starter Hyun Jin Ryu (12-7). The left-hander had allowed just one home run over his previous eight starts but gave up three in a span of seven batters in the second and third innings.
Hernández hit a two-out solo shot in the second, his 21st. Robert connected after Anderson’s two-out single in the third, his fourth, and Abreu followed with his 27th.