How it happened: The White Sox unleashed some offense early and often while cruising to the victory. The White Sox sent all nine hitters to the plate in the opening inning, scoring five times and chasing Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman. They didn't relent against the Blue Jays' bullpen. The first six batters in the lineup all had at least two hits. Jose Abreu drove in three runs, and Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo drove in two each. White Sox starter Hector Noesi (7-8) gave up five runs and eight hits over five-plus innings but still won for the fourth time in his past five decisions.
What it means: It was nice to be home for a White Sox offense that had its issues on the road. Going back to the final two games of the previous homestand, the White Sox were batting a combined .206 with six home runs and 13 runs scored over their past eight games for an average of 1.6 runs a game. The White Sox were also batting .150 (6-for-40) with runners in scoring position over that time. On Friday, the White Sox were 9-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
Outside the box: The dependable Alexei Ramirez refused to give in to pain as he was hit in the left hand/wrist area by a pitch in the opening inning and remained in the game. He then had hits in two of his next three at-bats. Ramirez has played in 158 games in each of the past three seasons and this year he has played in all but one of the White Sox's 122 games so far.
Off beat: The White Sox delivered six consecutive hits in the fifth inning, their longest such run this season. Their previous best for consecutive hits in an inning was five, done three times. With a five-run first inning and a five-run fifth, the White Sox pounded out 16 hits before the sixth inning even started.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (9-8, 4.96 ERA) to the mound Saturday in the middle game of the three-game series. The Blue Jays will counter with left-hander Mark Buehrle (11-8, 3.31) in the 6:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.