Three things: Eight more runs and eight straight wins for the Jays with Alek Manoah in control


Three things you need to know about the Blue Jays’ 8-3 win over the Chicago White Sox at the Rogers Center on Thursday:

WHIP it good

Things didn’t look great for Jays starter Alek Manoah in the early going. He gave up a pair of singles to start the game, then after a pop-up and a strikeout he walked Gavin Sheets to load the bases.

No worries for the sophomore righty who has emerged as one of the best pitchers in the game, though. Manoah struck out Yasmani Grandal to end the inning, then didn’t allow another White Sox batter to reach base until a leadoff single by Jose Abreu in the seventh, retiring 16 in a row.

The 24-year-old wound up with his league-leading ninth quality start of the season. He has the lowest WHIP (0.998) and most strikeouts (184) of any pitcher in club history through 30 career starts.

incomplete

Manoah was cruising toward a shot at the Jays’ first nine-inning complete game in over five years, and first complete-game shutout since Mark Buehrle blanked the Washington Nationals almost exactly seven years ago (June 3, 2015).

With a runner at first and two out in the eighth, Leury Garcia hit Manoah’s 96th pitch on the ground to third. Matt Chapman picked it up and got set to throw out the lead runner at second, but the shifted Santiago Espinal hadn’t made it to the bag yet. Instead of leading Espinal to the bag, Chapman turned and looked to first, but it was too late to make a throw.

The inning extended, Luis Robert followed with a two-run double that knocked Manoah out of the game.

big finish

Jays starter Alex Manoah settled in after a shaky first inning, retiring 16 straight White Sox batters.

Having allowed the White Sox to creep back within a run, the Jays blew the doors off with a four-run bottom of the eighth.

It started with doubles by Teoscar Hernández and Cavan Biggio around an Alejandro Kirk walk. Espinal and Bo Bichette put the finishing touches on it with back-to-back RBI singles, Espinal driving in a pair with his third hit of the game.

The Jays have scored 56 runs over their eight-game win streak, after scoring 56 runs in their previous 18 games.

Mike Wilner is a Toronto-based baseball columnist for the Star and host of the baseball podcast “Deep Left Field.” Follow him on Twitter: @wilnerness

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