Corey Patterson hits walkoff homer as Jays beat White Sox in 14

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Already with four hits on the day, Corey Patterson puncuated one of the best games of his career with a walkoff homer as the Blue Jays edged the White Sox 9-8 in 14 innings Saturday.

The Blue Jays survived today after the White Sox scored in both the eighth and ninth innings to send it to extras.  Working the ninth, beleaguered Jays closer Frank Francisco blew his second straight save and gave up a run for the sixth time in 11 appearances this month.

Patterson had his third career five-hit game and first since 2006.  He singled four times before taking Gavin Floyd deep in the 14th.  Floyd took the loss in his first relief appearance since 2007.

Patterson scored a career-high four of the Jays’ nine runs.

Of course, no Jays recap would be complete without a Jose Bautista mention: he hit homer No. 20 in the first inning, a three-run shot off Edwin Jackson.  He ended the game 3-for-4 with two walks.

The Jays returned to .500 at 26-26 by winning their second straight game.

José Abreu undergoes lower abdominal surgery, expected out two weeks

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White Sox first baseman José Abreu underwent lower abdominal surgery on Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. It was an outpatient procedure that is expected to keep him away from baseball activity for two weeks.

Abreu, 31, was held out of Tuesday’s lineup, his first day off in more than two months. This season, Abreu has hit a productive .272/.331/.491 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI in 526 plate appearances.

The White Sox will likely play Matt Davidson at first base and put Daniel Palka at DH while Abreu is out.