CHICAGO -- Conor Gillaspie isn't known for power, but he doesn't really care.
Neither do the Chicago White Sox, who used Gillaspie's first career grand slam Sunday afternoon to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 at U.S. Cellular Field.
"It was complete (just) throw the hands (at the ball) with two strikes and try to put it in play hard," Gillaspie said of his fifth homer, which gave Chicago a 4-0 lead in what turned out to be a six-run first inning. "Sometimes you get 'em up in the air, sometimes you miss 'em. It was definitely a good jump start to the game and I felt like everybody did a great job all-around today."
After allowing a run in the top of the first, the White Sox (59-65) stormed back in the bottom half against right-hander Drew Hutchison. Powered by Gillaspie's slam and a two-run homer by center fielder Jordan Danks, they took a 6-1 lead and never trailed again to win the game and three-game series.
Right-hander Scott Carroll (5-7) was credited with the victory after allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings and four relievers combined to finish off Blue Jays (64-61), including right-hander Jake Petricka pitching out of a bases-loaded jam the ninth for his ninth save.
"You have to go out there and make your pitches," Petricka said. "I got lucky walking consecutive batters. You can never do that. I got lucky and made the pitches after that and got the outs I needed."
Hutchison (8-11) took the loss and has now allowed at least six runs in four of his past seven starts. He did salvage his outing by rebounding from the rocky first to throw seven innings and save a tired bullpen from another long day of work.
The Blue Jays' offense just couldn't bring them all the way back and take him off the hook for his efforts.
"I was able to get into a groove there and get some quick outs and suck up some innings and try to keep it close for us," Hutchison said. "After you give up runs, you want to go back out there and go as many as you can. With that already happening (in the first), you want to go out there and go as many innings as you can."
Toronto manager John Gibbons was impressed by his starter's resiliency and for saving his beleaguered relief staff.
"I will say one thing about Hutchie, he settled in and did a heck of a job -- kind of a glimpse of what the kid can become and what he's done," Gibbons said. "He gutted it out and gave us a chance to win. We had many opportunities. It wasn't like we didn't have any shots. We just couldn't get that big hit."
They did get one big hit in a three-run fifth that cut the White Sox's lead to 6-4, when designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion launched a towering two-run homer to left field off Carroll. He hit it one batter after the Chicago starter had allowed a run to score by inducing a big doubleplay grounder by left-fielder Melky Cabrera.
The Blue Jays plated another run in the sixth on four hits, making it 6-5 on a pinch-hit single by catcher Dioner Navarro, but that was as close as they would get. The White Sox tacked on a run in their half of the sixth to restore a two-run margin and the bullpen made it stand up.
Shortstop Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to nine games to lead Toronto's attack, which also got the big home run from Encarnacion.
Gillaspie led Chicago by going 1-for-3 and scoring two runs to go along with his slam. Danks finished 1-for-2 with his homer and three RBIs.
"It's nice to see, especially in the first to give us a boost," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Gillaspie's slam. "He's got it in there. It's not like you wouldn't expect him to hit home runs, but he's just a line drive hitter. When he hits it good, it's going to go. He's a good hitter."
NOTES: White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he does not know yet if the team's top prospect, LHP Carlos Rodon, will make his major league debut this season. Rodon, who was selected third overall in June during the First-Year Player Draft, was promoted Friday from High-A Winston-Salem to Triple-A Charlotte. After skipping a level (Double-A), he will start on Tuesday with a chance to continue his impressive professional debut. Thus far, between two levels, he has posted a 2.84 ERA with 20 strikeouts and just five walks in 12 2/3 innings. That includes seven strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings in his last start at Winston-Salem. ... Ventura said he is not reading too much into comments by 1B/DH Adam Dunn on Saturday about possibly retiring after this season. The 34-year old Dunn told MLB.com that he's contemplating the end of his career after his current contract with the White Sox runs out at the end of this season. "That's a tough decision for guys," Ventura said. "You just never know. I've also heard guys talk that way and end up playing five more years." ... A report in the Toronto Sun on Sunday said that Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthropoulos would return next season. Neither Anthropoulos nor the team confirmed the report. Anthropoulos has taken some heat the past couple seasons for his activity, or lack thereof, on the trade market.