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Frazier, Davidson power White Sox past Blue Jays, 5-2

It just wasn’t Joe Biagini’s night against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, and it was evident right from the get go.Steve Pearce started in left field for the Blue Jays and homered in his first at-bat.The White Sox slugged three home runs – all solo jobs – off Toronto starter Marcus Stroman, one each by Todd Frazier, Matt Davidson and Jose Abreu. It was also their ninth victory in their past 10 meetings with the Blue Jays (32-35).Mike Pelfrey (3-5) struck out five and gave up one run over six innings for Chicago (31-36).”I think that’s his best start for us today”, manager Rick Renteria said, “especially because he continued to throw strikes effectively through the fifth and even the sixth”. His change of speed was definitely a big factor. He’ll look to replicate this fine outing when he does battle against the Athletics on Friday.Tommy Kahnle recorded four outs to get the ball to David Robertson, who pitched a ideal ninth for the save as the Sox improved to 31-36 before a sellout crowd of 47,171 while dropping the Jays to 32-35.Relying heavily on his two-seamer, Stroman recorded 10 groundball outs, including a 1-6-3 double play ball from Melky Cabrera to end a two-on, one-out threat.”They put some swings on a couple of balls, but other than that I felt pretty good”, said Stroman. “They’re swinging it pretty hot right now”. Frazier’s 11th of the season came on a 1-1 fastball and Davidson’s 15th came on an 0-2 slider. But Ryan Goins’ two-out double to deep center with two aboard bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double. “You just play.500 for most the year and have a good month and you find yourself in good a position (to make a run at a playoff spot)”. “The curveball was maybe the best it has been, which is refreshing because the start before it was probably the worst it has been”. Something tells me that he’ll shake it off just fine too, and fans shouldn’t worry about him at all going forward.After a one-out single in the seventh by Justin Smoak, Chris Beck replaced Jennings and walked Tulowitzki.Kahnle said. “They had the tying run at second”.”So it’s trying to mimic that as much as we can and make sure that the skin around that area is strong enough to withhold what I’m doing”.Biagini (1-6) was followed by relievers Dominic Leone, Jeff Beliveau, Jason Grilli, Aaron Loup, Ryan Tepera and Danny Barnes. “He hit the home run, that was a good sign”, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. We’ll get it going soon. “I thought it was a good outing for him”. With two out, Frazier hit a grounder along the line that Donaldson flubbed, putting Chicago up 4-2.Kahnle pitched a ideal bottom of the eighth. INF/OF Alen Hanson took his place in center field for the second straight game Saturday. Chicago swept three games from the Blue Jays in April 2016, but Friday was the first time the teams have met this year. With one out and runners on first and second, Goins hit into a DP to end the inning and limit the damage.Jose Abreu hit his first home run since May 24 off Stroman in the sixth inning. Pearce, who returned from the disabled list earlier in the day, led off the third with his fifth homer. He is 1-2 with a 4.02 ERA in four career starts against the Blue Jays.