HOW IT HAPPENED: The White Sox used five home runs and an effective Francisco Liriano to win their series against the Blue Jays. Moises Sierra got the Blue Jays on the board first with a two-run home run in the second inning. Dewayne Wise cut into the lead in the third inning with his second home run in as many nights before Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers hit back to back solo shots in the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Liriano was strong, allowing just the two runs over 6 1/3 innings, striking out six. He retired 15 of the last 17 batters he faced and did not allow a hit after the second inning. Alex Rios gave the Sox some breathing room with a three-run home run off Darren Oliver in the eighth inning, and Alexei Ramirez followed with a solo homer for a 7-2 lead.
WHAT IT MEANS: The White Sox won three of four from the Blue Jays, their first series victory in Toronto since Aug. 4-6, 2006. They are now a season-best 13 games over .500 and have won 15 of their past 22 games. They lead the second-place Detroit Tigers, who were idle on Thursday, by 2 1/2 games.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: Manager Robin Ventura expects Paul Konerko to be back in the lineup Friday against the Kansas City Royals. Konerko has missed the past week after suffering a mild concussion on Aug. 7 against the Royals. ... A.J. Pierzynski, who got a night off from catching as the designated hitter, saw his 16-game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-for-4 night.
NEXT: The Sox will send Chris Sale (14-3, 2.70) to the mound against the Royals' Luis Mendoza (6-8, 4.37) in the 7:10 p.m. CT opener of a three-game series in Kansas City.