For whatever reason, the Chicago White Sox just can't seem to generate much offense at Rogers Centre.
As a result, wins have been very scarce there recently.
The White Sox try to avoid a fifth straight loss in the Toronto Blue Jays' home park Tuesday night when these teams continue a four-game set.
Chicago's struggles in Toronto continued with a 3-2, 11-inning loss in Monday's series opener. The White Sox have dropped four straight and 16 of 19 at Rogers Centre due in large part to an offense that has batted .198 overall and .178 with runners in scoring position. They have scored three runs or fewer in 15 of those 19 contests.
Despite their fourth loss in six games overall, the White Sox (62-52) maintained a two-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central.
Adam Dunn provided all of Chicago's offense Monday with two home runs - his major league-leading 32nd and 33rd - to reach 1,000 career RBIs. Dunn is 5 for 27 (.185) this season against the Blue Jays, but three of those five hits are homers."Besides Adam, we didn't really get anything going, didn't look fluid or anything," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We have to get something else going besides waiting for home runs."
David Cooper singled home the winning run in the 11th to give last-place Toronto (55-60) back-to-back wins after a five-game skid. Rookie Moises Sierra hit his first big league homer for the Jays and is batting .375 in 11 games - four of them multihit games - since being promoted from Triple-A on July 31."It's hard right now, it's hard because it's my first time here," Sierra said. "I'm not very experienced and a little nervous."
Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski is batting .373 during a 14-game hitting streak, but is a lifetime .180 hitter in Toronto.
Ventura started Tyler Flowers behind the plate Monday and Pierzynski was the designated hitter. Ventura plans to start Pierzynski at catcher on Tuesday and Wednesday.
White Sox starter Jose Quintana (4-2, 2.78 ERA) is all too familiar with Chicago's offensive struggles, a trend he hopes to see end Tuesday.
The left-hander gave up two solo homers and three other hits over seven-plus innings against Kansas City on Wednesday but received minimal run support again in a 2-1 loss.
It was the first decision in five starts for Quintana, who hasn't won since beating Texas on July 5 and has been given two runs or fewer of support in eight of 13 starts.
The rookie allowed two runs over six innings of a 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays on June 6.
Toronto's Henderson Alvarez (7-9, 4.58) looks to rebound from one of his worst starts of the season. After walking a career-high five in his previous outing, the right-hander was tagged for six runs - four earned - and 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Thursday.
He is 2-2 with a 6.04 ERA in his last four starts, but was excellent in his lone home outing during that span, a 5-1 victory over Detroit on July 28.
This will be Alvarez's first home start versus the White Sox after going 0-1 with a 3.21 ERA in two outings at U.S. Cellular Field.
Dunn is 0 for 6 with four strikeouts against Alvarez.
|Alejandro De Aza||3||.667||2||0||0||0||0||.667||1.667||1.000|
|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 11, 2012||Colby Rasmus||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||Adam Lind||15-Day DL||Mid-back strain|
TORONTO (AP) -- Addison Reed wasn't about to let another win slip out of Jose Quintana 's grasp Tuesday.
All three of Reed's blown saves this season have come in games started by Quintana, including two in the past month as Quintana suffered through a five-start winless stretch.
Quintana worked 6 2-3 innings for his first win in more than a month, Reed earned his second four-out save of the season and the Chicago White Sox held off the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Tuesday night for a rare victory at Rogers Centre.
"It kind of meant a little more," Reed said of his 21st save in 24 chances. "I was trying to get (Quintana) the win today. It was nice to settle it up for him."
The AL Central leaders won in Toronto for just the fourth time in 20 games dating to 2007.
"It was good for us, a big win," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Quintana (5-2) allowed two runs and eight hits to win for the first time since July 5 against Texas.
"He's a tough kid," Ventura said. "He pitched great."
Brett Myers got one out in the seventh, Matt Thornton retired two batters in the eighth and Reed ended the inning by fanning pinch hitter Yan Gomes with a runner at third.
Ventura called the four-out save is "something you don't normally do," but Reed had no problem handling the job.
"The longer I'm out there, the more fun I have with it," Reed said. "Anytime I can go out there for four outs, I'm more than happy to do that."
The Blue Jays have lost 12 of their past 16.
Ventura juggled his lineup, moving Alex Rios into the third spot, shifting Adam Dunn from third to cleanup and dropping Kevin Youkilis from second to fifth. Dewayne Wise hit second for Chicago.
Ventura said the changes were an attempt to decrease his team's reliance on home runs, but the result was a lineup that had just seven hits, all singles.
"I was just happy to piece it together without actually hitting a home run," Ventura said.
Toronto struck quickly against Quintana, with Yunel Escobar hitting an RBI single in the first. The Blue Jays added one more in the third when Rajai Davis doubled, stole third and scored on Edwin Encarnacion 's groundout.
Chicago took the lead with a three-run third, starting with RBI singles from Alejandro De Aza and Wise. De Aza then scored from third when pitcher Henderson Alvarez overthrew David Cooper on a pickoff play at first.
"When I'm on base, I try for any chance to get to the next base," De Aza said. "I took a good, good jump, I read the ball very well. I didn't think there was going to be a play."
The error was the second of the game for Alvarez.
"That's just one of those that's a gift," Ventura said. "We'll take it."
Toronto loaded the bases with one out in the fifth but Encarnacion lined out to Youkilis at third, who threw to second to double off Davis and end the inning.
"I've got to give Youkilis a lot of credit," Quintana said through a translator of the timely double play. "It's not what you're expecting, but it's what you're hoping for."
Alvarez (7-10) allowed two earned runs in seven innings.
"He had more depth to his slider than he's had," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "I thought he had more separation with the velocity of his changeup and his fastball."
NOTES: When Toronto rookie Moises Sierra broke his bat fouling off a ball in the third, the jagged broken barrel flew into the seats behind the third base dugout. The bat landed in an aisle and no one was hurt. Sierra broke another bat when he grounded out in the eighth. ... Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus (right groin) was scratched from the starting lineup and replaced by Mike McCoy . Rasmus delivered a pinch-hit single in the ninth and was replaced by pinch runner Omar Vizquel . ... Chicago 1B Paul Konerko (concussion) rode an exercise bike Tuesday, his first activity since going on the seven-day DL last week. ... Toronto signed C Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $3 million contract with a team option for a third year and signed C Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league deal. Torrealba will report to Double-A New Hampshire. ... Farrell said OF Jose Bautista (left wrist) felt no pain after swinging and hitting off the tee Monday. Bautista has not played since July 16. ... Blue Jays RHP Brandon Morrow (strained left side) allowed three hits in 4 2-3 scoreless innings in a rehab start at Double-A. He walked none and struck out six. ... Actor Charlie Sheen, in town to play in Joe Carter 's celebrity golf tournament, took batting practice before the game and threw out the first pitch.