- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

TORONTO (AP) - Blue Jays rookie Marcus Stroman barely had time to find a seat on the bench before his afternoon of hard work was undone.

Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run home run on the first pitch he saw from reliever Dustin McGowan and the Chicago White Sox beat Toronto 4-3 on Saturday.

It’s tough to deal with,” Stroman said. “It’s part of baseball.”

Viciedo’s blast spoiled an otherwise sparkling performance by Stroman, who allowed two runs and a season-low two hits in 6 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out six.

Even White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, who earned the win, felt bad about Stroman’s fate.

“He was great tonight,” Sale said. “He threw better than I did. Obviously, you throw like that, you deserve to win a game.”

Stroman allowed just two base runners through the first six innings, one of which was erased on an attempted stolen base.

“It didn’t look all that great in the beginning,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. (Stroman) was dominant for a while.”

Things changed after Stroman got two quick outs in the seventh. Jose Abreu doubled, Adam Dunn walked and McGowan came on to face Viciedo, who drilled a second-deck home run.

“We’ve been going through some rough times,” Viciedo said through a translator. “It’s always good to come through.”

McGowan (4-3) blew his second straight save opportunity, leaving Blue Jays manager John Gibbons to rue his decision.

“My thinking was, (Stroman) pitched his butt off,” Gibbons said. “I don’t want him to lose the game right there. That’s the way it goes. But you always look back on things like that. I had a plan and it just didn’t work.”

Viciedo also connected in Friday’s 5-4 victory and has gone deep four times in his past 15 games against the Blue Jays. The White Sox are 7-1 this season when Viciedo homers.

Zack Putnam got the final four outs for his first save as Chicago won back-to-back games for the first time since winning two straight over San Francisco on June 17 and 18. It had dropped 11 of 14 before the consecutive victories.

Viciedo’s drive helped Chicago overcome a two-run homer by Toronto’s Darin Mastroianni in the fourth. Recalled from Triple-A Buffalo before the game, Mastroianni followed a two-out walk with a drive to center off Sale for his first hit of the season. The homer snapped a 0-for-14 slump.

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