Dallas Keuchel shook off a mental blunder by third baseman Yoan Moncada, pitching six innings of two-run ball against a tough Blue Jays lineup, and the Sox responded to a sloppy loss the night before and news that Nick Madrigal will be out for an extended period of time by scoring three runs in the first inning en route to a 5-2 win Thursday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Yasmani Grandal and Adam Engel homered, and Jose Abreu had an RBI double in the first against lefty Hyun Jin Ryu (5-4) and another double in the eighth for his 48th RBI. Evan Marshall, Codi Heuer and Liam Hendriks (American League-leading 16th save) each pitched a scoreless inning to help the Sox (38-24) take a series over a 31-29 team.
“[It’s] more fun than anything, especially when you’re good and know you can win night in and night out,” said Keuchel, who improved to 5-1 with a 4.14 ERA. “That’s where we’re at. Against a tough lineup, we need these types of games to push us to October.”
Keuchel retired the first eight batters he faced and notched a season-high eight strikeouts but had to work extra because Moncada thought there were two outs when Randal Grichuk hit a double-play ground ball at him in the sixth. Instead of throwing to second, Moncada threw to first to retire Grichuk, then took a couple of steps toward the Sox’ dugout.…