White Sox muscle up late, pull away from Jays for 6-1 victory

Bring it, manager Tony La Russa said.

The White Sox opened a three-game series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night, the beginning of a 13-game stretch over 13 days that includes only one opponent with a losing record — the Tigers — whom the Sox will face in three games at Detroit this weekend.

After that, the Sox host the Rays (39-23) and play four games in Houston against the Astros (34-26).

It should be a good test, starting with the Jays, whom the Sox took care of in a 6-1 win punctuated by a five-run eighth inning.

“They’re one of the top-hitting clubs in baseball — lots of talent up and down the lineup,” La Russa said before the game. “We don’t concede anything. Our lineup has tough outs up and down, too. Other than Detroit this weekend, for two weeks it’s going to be American League East with Tampa Bay and the West with Houston. If you like competition, you’re going to like what goes on the next two weeks.”

In former Sox players Marcus Semien, Teoscar Hernandez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the Jays had three of the AL’s top four leaders in hits and average Tuesday — and, in Guerrero, baseball’s leader in home runs, on-base percentage, OPS and total bases and the AL leader in average and slugging. Left-hander Carlos Rodon held the Jays to one run over five innings, and Jose Ruiz, Evan Marshall,…

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