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Blue Jays Sweep White Sox

Alek Manoah pitched into the eighth inning, Teoscar Hernandez homered and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to eight games by beating the Chicago White Sox 8-3 Thursday.


Santiago Espinal had three hits and a season-high three RBIs as the surging Blue Jays won for the 12th time in 15 games. Chicago was swept in the three-game series and has lost six of eight.


Manoah (6-1) left to a standing ovation after allowing three runs and six hits, walking one and striking out five in 7 2/3 innings. He's 9-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 13 career home starts.


After struggling early in the year, Blue Jays batters have now recorded 10 or more hits in six consecutive games.


Leury Garcia and Luis Robert each singled to begin the first against Manoah, and a two-out walk to Gavin Sheets loaded the bases. Manoah escaped unscathed by catching Yasmani Grandal looking at a slider for strike three.


The strikeout of Grandal was the first in a streak of 16 consecutive outs for Manoah, who didn't allow another baserunner until Jose Abreu singled to begin the seventh. Sheets followed by grounding into a double play.


Chicago's Johnny Cueto (0-2) allowed three earned runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out five.


Raimel Tapia scored twice and Hernandez connected for a two-run homer, his third on the season, as the Blue Jays built a 4-0 lead after six innings. Hernandez's homer was his first since May 14 at Tampa Bay.


Manoah left after Robert hit a two-out, two-run double in the eighth. Adam Cimber came on to face Yoan Moncada, who cut it to 4-3 with an RBI single. Abreu flied out to end the threat.


Espinal had a two-run single and Bo Bichette added an RBI hit as Toronto pulled away with a four-run eighth against a trio of White Sox relievers.


Vince Velasquez (2-3, 5.30) starts Friday as the White Sox open a three-game series in Florida against the Rays. LHP Shane McClanahan (5-2, 2.01) goes for the Rays.

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