The Toronto Blue Jays got back to the .500 mark Saturday thanks to a 9-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox in a game that lasted 14 innings.
Designated hitter Corey Patterson went five for seven Saturday and got the game winning home run off of White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd, who was making his first relief appearance since 2007.
Jose Bautista also homered for the Blue Jays, his 20th of the year, back in the first inning.
The Blue Jays got an excellent relief appearance from rookie Luis Perez, who won his first game in the Major Leagues.
Perez, who was playing in his sixth career game, lowered his earned run average from 5.87 to 3.97 after throwing three and two third innings with no earned runs.
Toronto improved to 26-26 and are 3.5 games back of the American League East Division leading Boston Red Sox. The White Sox meanwhile dropped to 24-30.
Toronto and Chicago played in the third marathon game in the last four days. Wednesday night, Phillies’ second baseman Wilson Valdez was the winning pitcher as he threw a perfect scoreless inning as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in 19 innings. Then last night, the Kansas City got extra inning home runs from Melky Cabrera, Eric Hosmer and Brayan Pena in the 14th inning as the Royals defeated the Texas Rangers 12-7.
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