TORONTO – Outfielder Dewayne Wise, who made a memory for White Sox fans when he saved Mark Buehrle’s perfect game with a spectacular catch, is turning out to be quite the catch in his second tour on the South Side.
Scooped up by general manager Ken Williams after the Yankees let him go on Aug. 3, Wise had two hits, including a home run and four RBI in the Sox’ 9-5 victory on Wednesday night. Wise is 6-for-18 with six RBI in four starts.
Adam Dunn hit his third homer of the series, a tiebreaking three-run blast to right as the first hitter to face reliever Brad Lincoln in the seventh, and Dayan Viciedo added a two-run homer to right field against Lincoln four batters later.
Gavin Floyd (9-9) had a relatively light workday, throwing 92 pitches over six innings and getting relief from left-hander Donnie Veal after the Sox built the lead to 9-4. Floyd would take one pitch back, a hanging slider that Kelly Johnson jumped on for a three-run homer in the sixth.
Going back to his 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Cubs on June 20, Floyd had had just two starts with four runs or more allowed. He is 5-2 with a 2.83 ERA over his last nine starts, including three scoreless outings
The Sox knew they needed a win to maintain their two-game AL Central lead over the Detroit Tigers, who defeated the Twins on Wednesday afternoon. The Sox (64-52) are three games ahead in the loss column with 46 to play.
Orlando Hudson left the game with a bruise after fouling a pitch off his toe during the sixth inning. X-Rays were negative.