TORONTO (Reuters) - Mark Teahen smashed a ninth-inning homer and drove in the winning run in the 11th to give the Chicago White Sox an 8-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
With Chicago down by a run in the ninth, Teahen belted a solo homer off reliever Jason Frasor over the left field fence to tie the score, then followed with a triple in the 11th that brought home Omar Vizquel.
The win over the Blue Jays (5-2), who were playing their home opener, was Chicago's (3-4) first in Toronto since June 1, 2007 -- a stretch of 10 games.
"I just told myself to be loose up there because I feel like I've been so tense the first week of the season," Teahen told reporters after breaking out of a 1-for-15 slump.
Bobby Jenks pitched the bottom of the 11th and got the save for the White Sox despite walking two batters.
The Blue Jays fell behind early but John Buck hit a two-run home run in the second to tie the game. After Chicago put two more runs on the board in the third, Toronto replied with four of their own, Vernon Wells' homer giving the Blue Jays a 6-4 lead.
Chicago tied the game with two runs in the sixth, Andruw Jones smacking his second home run of the game, having also hit one in the second inning.
"The last two years were terrible years," Jones said of his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers. "I just want to have fun and do it for myself and my family because they know I can still play the game."
Adam Lind drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth to put the Blue Jays up 7-6 before Teahen stepped up to deliver the game-tying homer and winning RBI.
White Sox starter Jake Peavy was chased in the sixth after allowing seven runs.
White Sox outfielder Alex Rios went 3-for-5 against his former team. Rios was drafted by the Blue Jays in 1999 but was released by the team last August.
(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing Peter Rutherford)