The offense gets all the credit but the White Sox don’t earn a 7-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday without the bullpen.
Four relievers combined to allow two hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings to keep the White Sox within striking distance. The group’s effort gave the White Sox a chance to twice rally against the Blue Jays before Adam Eaton sent them home a winner for the sixth time in eight tries with a solo homer to start the 11th inning.
“Our pitching has been there,” Eaton said. “(Jose Quintana has) been giving us great outings, everybody. Bullpen’s been great. Starting pitching’s been great. We picked up (Sale) the other night hitting. So when those guys do their job, we want to do ours. And that makes a good team great.”
Scott Carroll offered a big lift when he relieved John Danks in the fifth inning and stranded a runner in scoring position to keep the White Sox within 6-4. With a man on second, Carroll struck out Edwin Encarnacion and retired Chris Colabello on a grounder to short.
An inning later,Carroll pitched out of his own bases-loaded, one-out jam. He induced a pop out off Jose Reyes’ bat and got Josh Donaldson to ground out.
The White Sox scored twice in the bottom of the sixth and Carroll, who has a 3.28 ERA, kept it tied with another scoreless frame.
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“You are looking at these guys in the bullpen coming in and knowing that they are in a tough spot and they responded time after time,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Zach Duke followed with two scoreless innings while David Robertson and Zach Putnam had one apiece. Putnam earned the victory even though he had a man on second base and one out as Alexei Ramirez made a pair of nice defensive plays.
“That’s a high octane offense they’ve got over there,” Putnam said. “It feels good to keep your team in the game any time, but especially against guys that swing the bat as well they do. That’s the beauty of this team --- there has been plenty of days where we haven’t pitched so well, the offense has picked us up and vice versa. Hopefully if we can match those up going forward we’ll have a lot of ‘W’s.”