Toronto snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday. They lost the first game 4-3 in 10 innings.
Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi addressed the team’s struggles between the games.
“We’re not winning games we have a chance to win, which isn’t a good sign,” he said. “Early on, we didn’t swing the bats, but now we’re swinging the bats enough to win games. We’ve got to find a way to win some close games.”
The Blue Jays responded with just their fourth game with at least 10 runs this season. Toronto had a season-high 18 hits, and seven of the nine starters had at least one RBI.
Frank Catalanotto went 6-for-6 with five singles and a double to become the first player in Blue Jays history to have six hits in a game.
”(Catalanotto) can hit,” said Toronto manager Carlos Tosca. “He showed us that last year. When he gets on fire, he can put them out there.”
The Blue Jays left fielder, who went 0-for-1 in the first game, fell one hit short of the major league record for a nine-inning game, accomplished by Rennie Stennett on Sept. 16, 1975 for Pittsburgh. Shawn Green was the last player to have six hits in a nine-inning game. He did it in May 2002 as part of his four-homer game for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After this game, the Jays return to SkyDome, where they are 1-8, for a six-game homestand.
Juan Uribe and Miguel Olivo both homered in the second game Saturday for the White Sox, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Joe Crede’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th sealed the win in the opener.
Japanese saves leader Shingo Takatsu (1-0) got his first major league win with a scoreless top of the 10th for the White Sox in the first game.
Chicago is 6-5 on its current 12-game homestand.