Blue Jays place pitcher Gavin Floyd on 15-day DL

White Sox hit 7 homers _ all solo _ lose to Blue Jays 10-8

But over the last week, the White Sox have been able to blast plenty of celebratory songs in their clubhouse with regularity, representing an audible change from the postgame silence that largely accompanied a stretch of 26 losses in 36 games that looks to be in the rearview mirror.

He was tagged for four runs on seven hits and four walks in just five innings, and has now allowed four or more runs while failing to complete at least six innings in six of his last eight starts. But with seven groundball outs and a double play, he's got some things to build on.

The White Sox improved to 13-3 in games started by Sale, who also became baseball's first 13-game victor on Sunday.

"I felt good", Sale said.

That's pretty incredible. You know what else is incredible? "I know I wasn't where I need to be but I definitely felt better". Eaton's squeeze bunt drove in Tyler Saladino from third with one out, and Eaton reached on a fielder's choice when Stroman's throw home was high. In the seventh, Saladino charged an Edwin Encarnacion grounder and threw across his body to second to Brett Lawrie, who jumped out of the way of Donaldson to turn an athletic 5-4-3 double play. Game time is 8:10 pm. Two runs with Chris Sale pitching is a recipe for success and it was on this day.

Sale was working on a shutout before Troy Tulowitzki homered down the left-field line with one out in the eighth.

"Yeah, seven homers and you think you'd win the ballgame", said Adam Eaton, who homered in the ninth. Matt Carpenter added a pair of homers, and Cardinals teammates Jedd Gyorko and Matt Holliday also hit solo home runs.

"With Sale if you don't attack early you're going to be behind in the count, he was just pumping strikes", said Tulowitzki. It still resulted in a save situation, but Chris Sale held the Blue Jays scoreless over the first seven innings while the offense cobbled together a 4-0 lead. Two of those wins came against bottom-feeding Minnesota and Philadelphia, with the other coming in a 10-9 slugfest with Boston.

Bour hit his 14th home run for the Marlins, who got to 40 wins in 75 games - or 20 games faster than they did a year ago.

Lawrie, Navarro and Shuck went back-to-back-to-back in the second inning, the most consecutive homers by the Sox since hitting four in a row against Kansas City in 2008.

But both Stroman and manager John Gibbons described Sunday's outing as a "step in the right direction", citing improvements in Stroman's sinker, his primary pitch upon which much of his success is predicated. Bo, welcome back. Hope your time as a Jay goes great. He got a couple big strikeouts to finish his five innings. It's not what he wanted but he drew a tough assignment, too. "You nearly had to be flawless".

On the positive side for Sox fans, stadium workers were earning battle pay loading and firing fireworks for each Chicago home run.

"I feel a little bit more comfortable".

Blue Jays: RHP Gavin Floyd was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tightness and RHP Bo Schultz was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo. They would lead 4-0 after 5 innings.

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