Lively bats not enough for White Sox
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org June 11, 2013 10:39PM
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 11: Conor Gillaspie #12 of the Chicago White Sox is greeted by Adam Dunn #32 after hitting a three-run homer against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning on June 11, 2013 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Updated: June 12, 2013 8:16PM
The White Sox’ offense was clicking again Tuesday with 11 hits and home runs from Conor Gillaspie and Adam Dunn. But it couldn’t make up for sloppy fielding and mistake pitches from closer Addison Reed and Ramon Troncoso.
Three errors, a passed ball and a wild pitch helped the Toronto Blue Jays rally for a 7-5 victory in 10 innings, snapping the Sox’ three-game winning streak and bringing up old issues again.
‘‘It was one of those where we kept shooting ourselves in the foot,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘Any time you lose like that, it doesn’t feel good.’’
Gillaspie’s three-run homer and Dunn’s fourth homer in as many games had the Sox and Jose Quintana ahead 5-4 going into the ninth. Reed had blown one save in 20 opportunities before Tuesday, but his 1-2 pitch to Jose Bautista with two outs ended up in the left-field bullpen.
‘‘I felt great out there, and one bad pitch and next thing you know, tie ballgame,’’ he said. ‘‘Immediately when I threw it I knew it would be up, and he didn’t miss it.
‘‘It’s my job to get those three outs, and I didn’t do it. I take full responsibility.’’
Troncoso (0-1) allowed two runs in the 10th. The tiebreaking run scored on a wild pitch, and the second was unearned when catcher Tyler Flowers dropped a throw from left fielder Alejandro De Aza.
‘‘I never had it,’’ Flowers said. ‘‘It was a tweener hop. The runner sped up, and I never had a grip on it.’’
Troncoso was making only his second appearance after being recalled last week. He was the fourth reliever to follow Quintana. Nate Jones and Matt Thornton kept the Blue Jays scoreless.
‘‘Bautista is one of the best home-run hitters in the game,’’ said Thornton, who stopped a scoring threat in the eighth with two on and no outs.
‘‘I think it’s just a matter of winning a few games in a row and not letting this one get us down. We’re going to lose games, but it’s a matter of stringing a bunch of wins together in between those losses.’’
The Blue Jays scored two unearned runs in the second after an error by shortstop Alexei Ramirez on Mark DeRosa’s ground ball and a passed ball by Flowers.
The Sox had the bases loaded in the fifth with no outs but didn’t add to their lead.
The Sox fell to 4-7 in extra innings, with the bullpen giving up a run for the first time in five games.
The victory went to Bret Cecil
(2-0) in relief. Casey Janssen earned his 13th save.
NOTES: Adam Dunn is 8-for-15 with four home runs, seven RBI and seven runs scored in his last four games. He is hitting .293 (12-for-41) in June.
◆ Dayan Viciedo, who was 4-for-46 entering the game, had his first multihit game since May 26 against the Miami Marlins.
◆ Dewayne Wise (strained right hamstring) is close to beginning a rehab assignment at Class AAA Charlotte.
◆ Left-hander Leyson Septimo (strained left shoulder) was activated from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted to Charlotte.