The White Sox's three-game winning streak and Freddy Garcia's personal seven-game streak came to a humbling halt Friday night.
Toronto showcased its American League-best offense with 12 hits in 51/3 innings off Garcia in a 8-2 victory at the Rogers Centre.
The 12 hits are the most Garcia (7-2) has allowed this year. He hadn't lost since April 4 against Cleveland. The Blue Jays slugged three home runs against Garcia, who had surrendered only five in his previous 571/3 innings.
"I made a lot of mistakes, and I paid for it," Garcia said.
As well as Garcia has pitched recently, the Rogers Centre has represented his house of horrors. He hasn't won here since Sept. 17, 2000, while pitching for Seattle.
"Other than that, I never pitch well here," said Garcia, who has a lifetime 5.49 ERA against the Blue Jays.
Toronto raised its team batting average to .301 with a relentless 15-hit attack against Garcia and reliever Cliff Politte. AL batting leader Alex Rios (.364) went 3-for-4 in his first game against Garcia and led off the first inning with a homer. Rios' single in the third preceded Vernon Wells' two-run shot as Garcia ran his pitch count up to 60 after three innings.
The most convincing shot off Garcia was Troy Glaus' solo home run that traveled an estimated 442 feet and struck a glass panel below a restaurant behind the center-field fence.
"He hung a lot of breaking balls," said manager Ozzie Guillen, who performed double duty as third-base coach in place of the suspended Joey Cora. "Even his best breaking balls were around the plate. You do that, especially against that club, they're loaded with power"
Other than Cora's suspension, the Sox's offense was at full strength but couldn't solve left-hander Ted Lilly.
Second baseman Tadahito Iguchi (ankle) and shortstop Juan Uribe (beaning) returned from injuries, and catcher A.J. Pierzynski and center fielder Brian Anderson appealed their fines and/or suspensions announced before Friday's game.
But Lilly's only blemishes were a pair of home runs to Paul Konerko as the Sox fell to 8-10 in games against left-handed starters. They will face lefties Cliff Lee and C.C. Sabathia in the first two games of a four-game series at Cleveland starting Monday.
"[Lilly] was throwing strikes and making big pitches," Guillen said. "There's nothing much you can do about it when you hit [only two homers] with no men on base.
"He kept people off-balance and mixed his pitches well."
Konerko's homers set a team record for most career home runs (38) in May, but they couldn't prevent the Sox from dropping to 2½ games back in the AL Central behind Detroit, which won its seventh consecutive game.
"Right now we have to worry about the way we play," Guillen said. "We're playing good ball, and when you play well, you can't worry about anything else.
"[The Tigers] are playing well. They have a good club. Everything is bouncing their way. It doesn't surprise me the way they're playing."
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