The White Sox tied a team-record seven home runs on Saturday afternoon and it wasn’t enough.
Brett Lawrie had two homers and three RBIs, but the White Sox couldn’t overcome a poor start by Miguel Gonzalez and lost 10-8 to the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field. The seven homers, all of which were solo shots, matched an April 23, 1955 effort at Kansas City.
Gonzalez allowed eight runs in 5 1/3 innings for the White Sox, who fell back below .500 with the loss. Dioner Navarro, J.B. Shuck, Tim Anderson, Alex Avila and Adam Eaton all hit home runs for the White Sox in the losing effort.
Down by five in the second inning, the White Sox started to rally against R.A. Dickey on Lawrie’s inside-the-park-home run with two outs. It was the first inside-the-park-homer by a White Sox player at U.S. Cellular Field since Chris Singleton on Sept. 29, 2000. Navarro then lined one out to right to make it 5-2 and Shuck followed with his first homer since April 19, 2014 -- a span of 318 plate appearances.
Even though Gonzalez allowed three runs in the fourth to make it an 8-3 game, the White Sox didn’t stop. Lawrie’s solo homer off Dickey made it a four-run game and he became the first White Sox player since Ron Santo on June 9, 1974 to have both a traditional homer and an inside-the-park-homer in the same game.
The White Sox added a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Lawrie to make it 8-5 but reliever Jesse Chavez stranded a pair of runners.
Anderson’s homer off Drew Storen in the seventh made it a two-run game and Avila’s oppo-shot off Jason Grilli in the eighth got the White Sox within a run.
Eaton homered in the ninth, too, but it wasn’t enough.
Gonzalez’s day started with a rough patch and rarely got any easier.
He allowed five straight hits in the first inning, including three straight doubles as Toronto grabbed an early 3-0 lead. The advantage would have been greater had it not been for a spectacular relay throw from Shuck to Lawrie to Avila to throw out Josh Donaldson at home.
The Blue Jays continued to add on in the second inning when Devon Travis blasted a two-run homer off Gonzalez to put his team ahead five.
Starved for length from the starting pitcher, the White Sox stuck with Gonzalez, who retired the side in order in the third. But the Blue Jays continued to add on against Gonzalez, pushing across three more runs in the fourth inning. Donaldson drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs to make it a 6-3 game and Edwin Encarnacion’s two-run single again pushed the deficit to five.
Encarnacion later doubled in an insurance run and Troy Tulowitzki singled in another in the ninth off Michael Ynoa to give Toronto a 10-7 lead.