TORONTO - Another loss.
Another six runs allowed by Ricky Romero.
“Take away one bad pitch to Dewayne Wise and it’s a 2-1 game in the sixth,” said Pat Hentgen, former bullpen coach. “That’s the way Ricky has to look at things. His walks were down, his strikeouts up.”
After Kelly Johnson’s three-run homer off Gavin Floyd tied the score 4-4, out went Romero -- who had set down nine in order -- for the seventh.
And seven pitches later -- after a walk to Alejandro De Aza and after Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch -- out went manager John Farrell.
Off stomped Romero.
Enter Brad Lincoln, who fell behind Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn 2-0 in the count, before Dunn took a 93 MPH fastball and ... boom!
A three-run homer into the second deck that provided the White Sox with a 9-5 win over the Blue Jays before 20,199 fans at the Rogers Centre.
“He’s the manager, I respect his decision, I can’t do anything about that,” Romero told reporters. “Nothing against our bullpen but I would have preferred to finish the inning.”
Romero has now lost nine straight and is now 8-10.
The White Sox had not won back-to-back games in Toronto since August of 2006 when Roy Halladay and Francisco Rosario took the losses.
Some gave all: Edwin Encarnacion ran a long way to catch Wise’s fly ball on the foul line and tumbled into foul ground in the second inning. The ball came loose as Encarnacion hit the turf and ump Mike Winters signalled fair ... Encarnacion rolled over a couple of times into the fence. He sat holding his left shoulder before realizing that the ball was fair. He was in left since Colby Rasmus was eased into the lineup with a start at DH. Encarnacion said he hurt both his left shoulder and his left wrist ... Could have been worse. The way Jays have been hitting the disabled list Encarnacion, the Jays best hitter, could have separated his shoulder ... He made a running catch of an Alexei Ramirez blooper in the seventh.
No. 42 at age 45: Omar Vizquel made his 26th start of the season and singled to right against Floyd in the second and slapped a single to left in the fifth. The second hit was the 2,866th of his career, tying him for 42nd in league history with White Sox coach Harold Baines. “I looked into the dugout, Harold gave me a big smile and clapped his hands,” said Vizquel. “He is a classy man.”
In Game: Dunn’s homer, his 34th, travelled deep into the second deck in right. “Maybe I should have called a curve ball, but I didn’t want to risk going to 3-0,” said Mathis, who hit a solo homer, his seventh, in the ninth ... Dayan Viciedo also homered off Lincoln in the five-run seventh ... Romero caught De Aza attempting to steal in the first.
More Romero: Romero worked six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks, fanning five. His ERA jumped to 5.47, 38th amongst starters who qualify for the ERA title. Only three other starters have higher ERAs ... “It feels like I haven’t been rewarded all year,” Romero said. “I have great workouts, great bullpens and then this.” ... Over that losing streak he has a 7.45 ERA, walking 33 and striking out 35 in 54 1/3 innings ... “He’s throwing the ball better his last three outings,” said Mathis. “A lot better than a month ago.”
Wise man: Wise, who the Jays scooped from the Cincinnati Reds in the Rule V draft in 1999, knocked in the first four runs for the White Sox. The outfielder hit a two-run, no-doubter, his 26th in 894 career at-bats, to right off Romero to give Chicago a 4-0 lead in the fourth. Two innings earlier his blooper to left scored the first two runs of the game.
On the road back: Right-hander Brandon Morrow pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings Tuesday as double-A New Hampshire beat Binghamton 5-2. Morrow allowed three hits and struck out six in his 67-pitch outing. Morrow will start Sunday against Altoona and if all goes well is expected to re-join the Jays rotation for the first time since he injured his oblique June 11 against the Washington Nationals.