Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Alex Gonzalez blasted a three-run homer in the 12th inning -- his ninth of the season -- as the Toronto Blue Jays continued their hot streak and domination of the Chicago White Sox with a 7-4 win in the second test of a four-game set.
Gonzalez, who had eight homers and 41 RBI in 112 games last year with Cincinnati and Boston, has eclipsed last season's home run total and now has 25 RBI in just 31 games for the Blue Jays, who have won a season-high six straight and 18 of their last 22 against the White Sox.
John Buck homered twice and drove in three, notching his second multi-homer game of the season and seventh of his career for Toronto, which improved to 11-3 on the road this season -- the best start in club history and second to only Tampa Bay in the majors in 2010.
"We had three (home runs) tonight...The guys never quit. We just kept battling," said Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston. "It's what you call a team win tonight. Guys in the bullpen came in and did a good job; we had some big hits from a lot of guys, some walks. We just played a good ball game."
Travis Snider added three hits, while Fred Lewis, Randy Ruiz and Vernon Wells had two hits apiece in the win. Shaun Marcum allowed three runs on six hits in 7 2/3 innings in the start, and Scott Downs (1-3) earned the win with two scoreless innings.
Mark Kotsay, Alex Rios and A.J. Pierzynski all homered, although the White Sox lost for the fourth time in six games. Mark Buehrle was charged with three runs, eight hits and two walks in eight frames, while J.J. Putz (0-2) received the loss after giving up the game-winning homer.
With the game tied entering the top of the ninth, Buck stepped up to the plate with one out and crushed the first pitch he saw from Bobby Jenks just over the wall in right-center to give Toronto a 4-3 lead.
The Blue Jays later loaded the bases with two outs, but Jenks induced a groundout from Wells to keep it a one-run game.
The play proved important, as Pierzynski sent the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth from Kevin Gregg into the right field seats to tie the game, 4-4.
The White Sox nearly won it after putting runners on the corners with two outs, but Juan Pierre popped out on an attempted bunt to send the game into extra innings.
Neither team put a runner into scoring position until the 12th, when Toronto moved in front. With two outs and nobody on, Wells drew a walk, and Lyle Overbay followed with a single through the infield's left side. Gonzalez then put the Blue Jays ahead with a three-run shot over the wall in left.
"I made a couple good pitches, and the last pitch was a (split-finger fastball) that didn't do anything," Putz said. "It just stayed flat. The whole inning my split was good. It was the right pitch -- it just didn't do what it was supposed to."
Downs retired the White Sox in order in the home 12th to seal the win.
The teams totaled just three baserunners through the first four innings, but both clubs broke through for a pair of runs in the fifth.
For Toronto, Buck followed Ruiz's one-out double with a home run to give the Blue Jays the lead. Chicago answered with Kotsay's two-out, two-run homer to score Carlos Quentin, who had doubled with one out.
Buehrle pitched around a two-out single to shut down Toronto in the sixth, and the former Blue Jay Rios gave the White Sox the lead with a two-out solo shot in the home half.
Toronto, though, rallied in the eighth to tie the game. Snider and Lewis both singled leading off, and Jose Bautista drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Wells also walked, forcing in the tying run, but Overbay and Gonzalez both flied out to end the inning.
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