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Cursed in Canada? Not a chance

Aug. 15 at Toronto

Today's Sox Crew:
The Sox used the lumber to build themselves a nice five-run lead in the seventh inning.

Short Take: Dewayne Wise, Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo go deep as the Sox picked up their second consecutive win north of the border.

The White Sox came in to Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays having lost 16 of their previous 20 games at the Rogers Centre. None of that matters now because the Sox are now 2-0 in their last two games north of the border after collecting a 9-5 win over the injury-depleted Jays.

Dewayne Wise continued his torrid hitting, going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, and Adam Dunn hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to put the Sox ahead to stay. Dayan Viciedo also went deep, and Gavin Floyd (9-9) picked up his first career win in Toronto. The right-hander gave up three earned runs over six innings, struck out eight and walked none. Floyd had been 0-3 with an 8.25 ERA in his previous three starts in Canada.

Wise provided Floyd with an early lead in the top of the second inning. His sinking liner to left field with the bases loaded eluded a diving attempt by Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion. The ball fell in for a single and a 2-0 Sox lead. Wise wasn't done. In the fourth, he smashed a two-run homer to right off Toronto starter Ricky Romero (8-10) to increase the advantage to 4-0.

Unfortunately, Floyd could not protect the lead. The Blue Jays got on the board with an unearned tally in the fifth, then tied the score on a three-run homer by second baseman Kelly Johnson in the sixth.

The Sox would answer right back in the seventh, however, as Romero got himself in trouble by walking Alejandro De Aza and hitting Kevin Youkilis with a pitch to start the inning. Brad Lincoln relieved and fell behind 2-0 in the count to Dunn. The Sox first baseman found a fastball down and in to his liking and unloaded for a long three-run homer to put the Sox back in front, 7-4. The blast was Dunn's MLB-leading 34th of the season and 399th of his career. After an A.J. Pierzynski double, Viciedo added an opposite field home run to make it 9-4 and complete the rally.

The five-run lead proved to be plenty for the Sox bullpen. Left-hander Donnie Veal struck out three over two scoreless innings in his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. Phil Humber allowed a home run to Jeff Mathis leading off the bottom of the ninth to account for the final Toronto run of the game. Humber then retired the next three hitters to close out the game.

The Sox have won two of the first three games in this four-game set. They will go for the series win Thursday night behind left-hander Francisco Liriano (3-10, 5.35 ERA). Toronto will send junkballing left-hander Aaron Laffey (3-3, 4.72 ERA) to the mound. The game will begin at 6:07 p.m. CDT. You can watch it all on WCIU.

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And you guys thought I was an idiot for bringing back D-Wise.

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