The tailspinning Toronto Blue Jays were a welcome sight for the White Sox on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.

After a run of eight games in which the Sox averaged just 1.6 runs, they put a pair of five-spots on the board and rolled to an 11-5 victory.

‘‘The offense was great tonight,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘To be able to bounce back and give up one in the first, just battle back, answer that, and put together a really great inning against a hot pitcher, it was good to see the offense do this tonight.’’

Much of the conversation in the Sox dugout and clubhouse before Friday’s game centered around Jose Abreu’s power drought and the offense’s inability to score without leadoff hitter Adam Eaton. But those problems seemed distant memories when the Sox took their first turn at the plate.

Leadoff hitter Alejandro De Aza got things rolling with a double, and Abreu knocked him in two batters later for his first RBI since Aug. 4.

The Sox batted around in the first inning and roughed up starting pitcher Marcus Stroman for five runs and five hits in just two-thirds of an inning. Stroman (7-4) had pitched quality starts in four of his last five appearances, including a complete game against the Detroit Tigers last week.