Colby Rasmus and Edwin Encarnacion both hit two-run homers in the first frame to lead the Blue Jays to an 11-9 win over the White Sox. Kelly Johnson clubbed a two-run homer and Jeff Mathis added a solo shot for Toronto, which snapped a three-game slide to salvage the finale of a three-game series in the Windy City. Jason Fraser was credited with the win and Casey Janssen locked down his 12th save of the season. Alex Rios ripped a three-run homer and plated four runs for Chicago. Alexei Ramirez knocked in a pair and Kevin Youkilis finished 3-for-4 with an RBI in defeat. Dylan Axelrod gave up seven runs in just three innings of duty to suffer the loss.
Starlin Castro clubbed a three-run homer to back five scoreless frames from Ryan Dempster in his return from the disabled list as the Cubs blanked the Mets, 7-0. Dempster came back from a lat injury to fan four and allow just four hits to improve to 4-and-3 on the season. Alfonso Soriano, Jeff Baker and Geovany Soto also knocked in a run for Chicago, which took two-of-three at Citi Field. Jonathan Niese gave up all seven runs through seven innings of duty to suffer the loss for New York. Daniel Murphy finished 3-for-4 in defeat.