TORONTO—White Sox manager Jerry Manuel wakes up every morning with the same thought.
"I say, 'This is the day that things are going to get turned around,'" he said. "I'll feel that way until the last day of the season."
Manuel still pledged his faith afterward, insisting, "Things are going to turn around."
But on a night in which the Sox committed four errors and their bullpen was atrocious, Manuel might have better luck believing in Santa Claus.
The Sox were in a prime position to win Monday until a series of defensive miscues left Mark Buehrle with his seventh consecutive loss.
Buehrle took a 3-1 lead into the sixth inning after retiring 10 batters in a row.
With one out and a runner on first, Reed Johnson grounded into what should have been a simple 6-4-3 double play. But after fielding the ball cleanly, shortstop Tony Graffanino fumbled it on the exchange.
"The turning point in the ballgame," Graffanino said. "Just a bad play on my part."
With runners at first and second, Frank Catalanotto hit a sinking liner to left. Carlos Lee was there but appeared to lose the ball in the lights, drawing a two-base error.
Buehrle then walked Vernon Wells on a 3-2 pitch that just missed the outside corner.
Carlos Delgado, who was 0-for-10 against Buehrle, then bounced a two-hopper into center. If the Sox hadn't been using a shift, the ball would have been handled by second baseman D'Angelo Jimenez.
With runners at first and second, Tom Wilson hit a grounder to Graffanino, who flipped to Joe Crede to nail the lead runner.
One problem: Crede couldn't find third base. Everyone was safe.
Manuel used that play as an example of why he believes the Sox's fortunes have to change.
"You feel snake-bitten," he said. "I think we know where third base is."
After having to get six outs in the inning, Buehrle ran his pitch count to 97. That prompted Manuel to call on Rick White, who hasn't had a scoreless outing since April 30.
White gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, No. 9 hitter Chris Woodward. Then White plunked Johnson on the left arm.
White departed, his ERA having ballooned from 4.35 to 9.47 in less than four weeks. Gary Glover and David Sanders then combined to give up four more runs.
Manuel said he had to turn to his second-string relievers after using Tom Gordon, Damaso Marte and Billy Koch in Sunday's 12-inning game against the Tigers.
Would he use White again?
"It would have to be in a situation like this one, where the bullpen has been stretched," he said.
Like Manuel, Buehrle said he continues to have faith that the Sox will enjoy a renaissance.
If not, the team's 14-game road trip could turn into a death march.
"Luck isn't going for us right now," Buehrle said. "But I'll take all the bad luck as long as we perform the other four games."