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Andrew Vaughn, White Sox Offense Power Past Blue Jays in Series Opener

A lively offensive performance helped the White Sox top the Blue Jays to open a seven-game homestand.

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Chicago White Sox right-hander Lance Lynn made his first home start of the 2022 season on Monday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Sox fed off the self-styled “big bastard’s” intensity even though he allowed five runs (three earned) across five innings in Chicago’s 8-7 victory.

Offense Explodes

The energy clearly rubbed off on the White Sox offense. The South Siders’ 13-hit attack included home runs from Andrew Vaughn, Josh Harrison, and Luis Robert. The team is hitting .305 over its last 14 games, a stretch that includes 30 doubles, four triples, 13 homers, 85 RBIs, and 91 runs scored.

The White Sox activated Tim Anderson from the injured list prior to the game. A strained right groin sidelined him for three weeks, causing him to miss 18 games. Anderson seemingly didn’t miss a beat as he singled to right in the first inning and scored on Vaughn’s double off Jose Berrios to open the scoring. 

After falling behind 2-1, Harrison put the White Sox ahead with a two-run shot in the second. It was his first homer as a member of the Sox. Robert added a two-run no-doubter in the third, and Vaughn made it 6-2 with his seventh homer of the season in the fourth. Vaughn matched a career-high with four hits.

Berrios allowed six runs and nine hits in four innings. Raimel Tapia and Cavan Biggio each hit two-run homers to help Toronto rally back from an 8-2 deficit, but the Blue Jays ultimately came up short. Joe Kelly surrendered Biggio’s homer in the ninth but induced groundouts from George Springer and Dante Bichette to end the game.

Seeing Tim Anderson back in action was a treat for White Sox fans to open the seven-game homestand. He not only brings a winning attitude to the field but also a fun energy that the team badly missed. And although the Sox are a game below .500, they’ve won five of their past seven games and are slowly getting healthier.

Notes

As Anderson returned, Yoan Moncada went on the injured list due to a strained right hamstring.

Eloy Jimenez will resume his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday.

Joe Kelly earned his first save of 2022.

What’s On Tap Next?

The Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays will clash again Tuesday night. Right-handers Dylan Cease and Kevin Gausman will take the mound for their respective clubs. NBC Sports Chicago will carry the action beginning at 7:10 PM CT and Sox On Tap has the postgame show.

Tune in to the Sox On Tap podcast for postgame reaction and further White Sox commentary all season.

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