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Toronto Blue Jays beat Chicago White Sox 3-2
TORONTO -- The White Sox wanted to flush the misery of a 1-6 trip shortly after Alex Rios' triple eluded the outstretched glove of center fielder Scott Podsednik in the bottom of the eighth inning Monday to cap a 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays.
But the culmination of weak hitting, sketchy starting pitching and late-inning failures were not lost on them after extending their losing streak to a season-high five games.
"We should be embarrassed," manager Ozzie Guillen said after Rios' hit snapped reliever Octavio Dotel's streak of 14 scoreless innings this season and seized the momentum after Jim Thome had hit a two-run, game-tying home run with two outs in the top of the eighth.
"We should feel bad. "We have a better club than the way we're playing. I'm not going to take anything away from the Blue Jays. They're a good club and playing good, and we're not playing good. It's a combination of both."
Guillen and his players acknowledge there's no reason to point fingers because their rut of losing 12 of their last 15 games has been a collective effort.
And they've now lost 10 consecutive games at the Rogers Centre, a venue they won't visit for the rest of the regular season.
"I'm embarrassed," A.J. Pierzynski said. "Every time we come to Toronto, we get our [butts] kicked for some reason."
Before Thome's homer, Scott Richmond blanked the Sox for seven innings. Six starting pitchers who have faced the Sox for the first time this season are a combined 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA.
The Sox have scored eight runs during their five-game rut. Yet, they're only 5 1/2 games out of first place in the AL Central with the expectation that their hitters will eventually rise to their normal production levels.
"I really hope that no one starts pointing fingers," Guillen said before the game. "We lose as a ballclub. I don't want anyone down here to blame anybody. A lot of people say it's about the pitching, the hitting. No. It's about putting everything together and start winning games.
"The worst thing you can do is just give up and hope that something good happens. No, you've got to make it happen."
A lineup that featured Jayson Nix playing left and batting second and Chris Getz dropping to eighth produced no runs until Thome's homer.
That optimism vanished quickly. Dotel relieved Clayton Richard, who threw seven innings of three-hit ball, and walked Jose Bautista.
Bautista moved to second on a sacrifice. With two outs, Bautista stole third as Dotel conceded the base without throwing a pitch. That didn't bother Guillen, who contended Rios was the primary objective.
But Rios' drive skipped past Podsednik.
"We've been in this situation before, and we overcame it," Guillen said. "In the meanwhile, I know there are a lot of desperate people out there. We are, but it's our job to keep those guys believing in what they could do, and hopefully for the best."