The Chicago White Sox have lost 15 of their last 18 games at Rogers Centre.
The AL Central leaders hope to start reversing those woes Monday night in the opener of a four-game set against the injury-plagued Toronto Blue Jays.
Chicago (62-51) has struggled in recent years in Toronto, where it has not captured a series since 2006. Dating to that season, the White Sox's .199 batting average at Rogers Centre is easily their worst at any ballpark.
They enter this visit leading Detroit by two games in the Central.
"We go out and play the game right and do things right, and it comes down to if you get beat, you get beat," reliever Matt Thornton told the White Sox's official website. "Looking forward to it, four-game set, big series."
These teams have split six games in Chicago this year, but Toronto (54-60) had a much healthier roster for those series in June and July. Injured regulars Jose Bautista (wrist), Brett Lawrie (oblique), J.P. Arencibia (hand) and Adam Lind (back) are all out.
Outfielder Colby Rasmus and second baseman Kelly Johnson have groin injuries, and shortstop Yunel Escobar sat out Sunday's 10-7 win over the Yankees after being struck on his left elbow by a pitch the previous day.
The veteran right-hander went 1-0 with a 2.03 ERA in the first two. He allowed three runs over 6 2-3 innings Tuesday in a 5-2 loss to Kansas City. He's 3-7 over his last 10 starts despite a 3.13 ERA.
Peavy has limited Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion to three hits in 14 at-bats.
Encarnacion was the only Toronto hitter from its opening day lineup who started Sunday. He went 3 for 4 with his 30th homer and drove in two runs to boost his career-high RBI total to 79.
The Blue Jays ended a five-game slide. Rajai Davis , second in the majors with 33 stolen bases, matched a career high with five RBIs.
"We've been in a tough stretch," manager John Farrell said after his team's third win in 14 games. "A win always lets people take a deep breath."
Dunn, however, has failed to homer in a season-high 13 straight games. He went 1 for 11 with two walks and four strikeouts over the weekend as Chicago took two of three from Oakland.
A.J. Pierzynski added to his career-high total with his 23rd homer Sunday. Pierzynski is hitting .383 with seven homers and 17 RBIs over his last 13 games.
Toronto's Carlos Villanueva (6-2, 3.30) has posted a 5.63 ERA and no record in three career appearances against the White Sox, including one start. Villanueva is 4-2 with a 3.35 ERA in six starts since moving into the rotation June 29.
The right-hander has dropped his last two outings, yielding three runs over six innings Wednesday in a 3-2 defeat at Tampa Bay.
|Alejandro De Aza||2||1.000||2||0||0||0||0||1.000||2.500||1.500|
|Chicago White Sox|
|August 12, 2012||Kevin Youkilis||Day-to-Day||Sore left forearm|
|August 08, 2012||Paul Konerko||7-Day DL||Mild concussion|
|August 08, 2012||Alex Rios||Day-to-Day||Stiff back|
|August 08, 2012||Paul Konerko||Day-to-Day||Mild concussion|
|August 07, 2012||Kevin Youkilis||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|August 06, 2012||Alejandro De Aza||Day-to-Day||Back stiffness|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|August 12, 2012||Kelly Johnson||Day-to-Day||Groin injury|
|August 04, 2012||Brett Lawrie||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|August 03, 2012||Brett Lawrie||Day-to-Day||Left game - rib cage tightness|
|July 26, 2012||Joel Carreno||15-Day DL|
|July 26, 2012||J.P. Arencibia||15-Day DL||Broken right hand|
|July 26, 2012||Adam Lind||15-Day DL||Mid-back strain|
TORONTO (AP) -- Jake Peavy is doing everything he can to get a win. Unfortunately, his teammates can't seem to score enough to make that happen.
David Cooper singled home the winning run in the 11th inning as the Toronto Blue Jays beat Chicago 3-2 on Monday night, handing the AL Central-leading White Sox their 16th loss in 19 games in Toronto.
Peavy allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings, lowering his ERA to 3.04. He walked two and struck out six.
But the All-Star right-hander lost for the eighth time in his past 11 starts, largely because he seldom gets enough offensive support.
"This is kind of the underlying theme with my season," Peavy said.
Chicago has scored just 26 runs in Peavy's past 11 starts.
"For one reason or another, we don't seem to score too much for him," manager Robin Ventura said. "He always goes out there knowing each pitch can cost him. We need to do a better job of giving him more room to pitch with."
Rajai Davis popped out to open the 11th before left-hander Leyson Septimo came on to replace Jesse Crain . After Septimo (0-2) walked Johnson on four pitches, Ventura brought in Nate Jones to face Edwin Encarnacion , whose single moved Johnson to third. Cooper followed with a liner that bounced just in front of a hard-charging Alex Rios in right, scoring Johnson easily.
"Tough night," Peavy said. "You want to win. We need a win coming down the stretch and at the start of a road trip like this."
The White Sox have lost four of six, but Detroit's loss at Minnesota kept Chicago's two-game lead atop the Central intact.
Chicago's Adam Dunn hit two home runs, including a game-tying shot in the ninth inning, boosting his major league-leading total to 33. It was his 32nd career multihomer game and second this season.
"Besides Adam, we didn't really get anything going, didn't look fluid or anything," Ventura said. "We have to get something else going besides waiting for home runs."
Dunn was at a loss to explain Peavy's hard luck, and the lack of runs in his favor.
"We just can't seem to score runs when he's on the mound," Dunn said. "He keeps us in every single ballgame."
Steve Delabar (3-1) struck out six batters in two innings to earn the win.
Delabar struck out four in the 10th, the first time a Blue Jays pitcher has accomplished the feat and the first time in major league history it has happened in extra innings. White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers , the second batter of the inning, struck out swinging but reached on a passed ball.
With Chicago trailing 2-1 to begin the ninth, Dunn tied it by swatting Casey Janssen 's first pitch over the wall in left, giving him 1,000 career RBIs.
"We need more people swinging like he did tonight," Ventura said.
For Janssen, the blown save was his first since April 14 against Baltimore, snapping a streak of 15 successful conversions.
Dunn's first homer was a mammoth 469-foot shot off the roof of the restaurant in center field in the fourth.
"Dunn makes the park look like a Little League field every time up," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.
The drive was the longest home run at Rogers Centre this season. Encarnacion hit a 467-foot homer against Cleveland on July 14.
Toronto opened the scoring in the third when Anthony Gose was hit by a pitch, moved to second on Johnson's two-out walk and scored when Encarnacion followed with a single to right.
Rookie Moises Sierra restored Toronto's lead when he opened the seventh with a homer to left-center off Peavy, the first of his career.
"It was a good pitch, changeup down and away," Flowers said. "Sometimes they guess right and I think that's what happened."
Toronto right-hander Carlos Villanueva allowed one run and five hits in a season-high seven innings. He walked one and matched his career-high with eight strikeouts.
Chicago's Kevin Youkilis returned to the lineup after sitting out Sunday's win over Oakland with soreness in his left arm and right knee.
NOTES: White Sox 1B Paul Konerko cleared a battery of post-concussion tests Monday and will resume physical activity Tuesday. ... Chicago recalled LHP Donnie Veal from Triple-A Charlotte. He replaces OF Jordan Danks , who was optioned to Triple-A Sunday. ... Toronto OF Jose Bautista (left wrist) swung the bat and hit off the tee before the game. For Bautista, it was his first activity since Aug. 1, when he was shut down with lingering pain. ... Flowers caught for Chicago, with A.J. Pierzynski starting at DH. ... Blue Jays RHP Brandon Morrow (strained muscle in his left side) will make two more minor league rehab starts before rejoining the team, Farrell said. Morrow has already made three rehab starts and will make his fourth on Tuesday at Double-A New Hampshire. ... The White Sox have hit 20 homers in their past 10 games.