Updated: June 27, 2014 10:58PM
TORONTO – Maybe this will have to suffice as Jose Abreu’s home run derby.
The White Sox slugger, who said he’d rather not participate in baseball’s official derby during the All-Star week, was the winner in a long-ball event staged at Rogers Centre Friday night with two bombs against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
The Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion, Dioner Navarro and Colby Rasmus and the Sox’ Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez tied for second with one apiece.
The Sox held on to win 5-4 the game.
Here is the home run scorecard.
Abreu, fifth inning, none on.
Viciedo, fifth inning, none on.
Encarnacio, sixth inning, none on.
Navarro, sixth inning, none on.
Abreu, seventh inning, none on.
Ramirez, seventh inning, none on.
Colby Rasmus, ninth inning, none on.
Abreu’s first blast, his 24th of the season which landed in the second deck in left field, tied him with Encarnacion for the major league lead. Encarnacion took the lead back with a solo shot against John Danks and Navarro went back-to-back – the only runs scored against Danks over six innings.
Abreu tied Encarcion for the league lead again with his 25th homer leading off the seventh that cleared the center field wall. After Adam Dunn walked, Ramirez hit one inside the left-field pole to give the Sox a 5-2 lead and end Dickey’s night.
For Dickey, it marked the first time in his career he had given up four homers since the Tigers got him for six in 2006.
Dickey is the fourth Cy Young winner to allow a homer to Abreu, who also got David Price, Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw.
Abreu became the second player to notch four multiihomer games over the first 67 of his career, joining Bob Horner of the Atlanta Braves in 1978.
Danks, rebounding from a five-inning dud against the Twins in which he gave up six runs on 10 hits after stringing five consecutive excellent starts, allowed five hits and no walks over six innings He struck out two. Danks, who threw 110 pitches, took a 1-4 record and 6.46 ERA in six career starts against the Jays into the game.
On a night when the Angels’ Mike Trout hit a 489-foot homer in Kansas City and the Orioles’ Nelson Cruz homered to create a three-way tie with Abreu and Encarnacion for the major league lead, the ball was flying north of the border, too. Encarnacion brought the Rogers Center crowd to its feet when he flied out to the warning track in right center against Zach Putnam in the eighth.
Rasmus’ opposite field shot to left-center leading off the ninth against struggling Sox closer Ronald Belisario brought Sox manager Robin Ventura to the mound for a face-to-face talking-to. It was as firm and animated as Ventura has been on a mound visit. Belisario retired Steven Tolleson, but after Munenori Kawasaki and Anthony Gose singled to bring the winning run to the plate, Ventura brought in left-hander Eric Surkamp to face lefty-swinging Adam Lind.
Surkamp, making his second appearance since being called up from AAA Charlotte Thursday, got Lind to hit a sharp grounder to Conor Gillaspie but the third baseman made an error to lead the bases. Jake Petricka got Jose Reyes on a run-scoring fielder’s choice before getting Melky Cabrera on a grounder to second to end the game. Petricka has two saves.
The Sox (37-44) won for the second time in nine games on their 11-game road trip.