American League Game Summary - Chicago at Toronto|
(Wednesday, August 15th)
Final Score: Chicago 9, Toronto 5
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Just when it looked like Ricky Romero was off
the hook for his ninth straight losing decision, Adam Dunn slammed the Chicago
White Sox to a 9-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dunn broke a tie in the seventh inning with a three-run blast, his major
league-leading 34th of the season, sending the White Sox to their third win in
their last four games.
Dewayne Wise hit a two-run homer and knocked in a career-high four runs for
Chicago, which has now won two of three to begin this four-game series.
Gavin Floyd (9-9) received the win after he held the Blue Jays to four runs --
three earned -- over six frames. He had eight strikeouts.
"He was getting ahead, getting them to chase," White Sox manager Robin Ventura
Romero (8-10) suffered another loss after surrendering six runs on eight hits
and two walks in six-plus innings. His last win came June 22 at Miami.
"It feels like I haven't gotten rewarded all year, with anything that I do,"
said Romero. "(I'm) feeling good, I've had great weeks of workouts and bullpen
sessions. I'm right where I want to be and obviously the numbers don't
Kelly Johnson blasted a game-tying, three-run homer in the sixth inning, but
Toronto lost for the seventh time in its last nine games.
After Johnson tied the game in the sixth inning, Romero walked Alejandro De
Aza and hit Kevin Youkilis to start the seventh. Brad Lincoln replaced Romero,
but Dunn laced his 1-0 fastball well over the right-field fence to put Chicago
back on top, 7-4.
Two batters later, A.J. Pierzynski, who extended his hitting streak to a
career-best 16 games, doubled and scored when Dayan Viciedo lifted a two-run
homer to right to give the White Sox a five-run lead.
Donnie Veal tossed two scoreless frames and Philip Humber, despite giving up a
leadoff homer to Jeff Mathis, closed out the win for the White Sox.
The White Sox took the lead in the second inning after Pierzynski, Alexei
Ramirez and Viciedo strung together three straight singles to start the
inning. With the bases loaded, Wise sliced a fly ball down the left-field
line. Edwin Encarnacion made a diving attempt, but the ball bounced out of his
glove, allowing two runs to score.
Wise smashed a two-run shot in the fourth inning to score Viciedo, who walked
to start the frame, and gave the White Sox a 4-0 lead.
The Blue Jays scored in the fifth after Omar Vizquel singled and Anthony Gose
legged out an infield hit. Toronto used a double steal, and with Pierzynski
trying to throw Vizquel out at third, Youkilis never covered the base. The
throw hit Vizquel and allowed him to score.
Encarnacion singled and David Cooper doubled to start the sixth against Floyd,
who had a 2.63 earned run average in his previous eight starts coming into
Wednesday. Johnson jumped on his first-pitch cutter, though, and tied the game
with a three-run shot.
Wise drove in four runs for the third time of his career ... The White Sox won
back-to-back games at Rogers Centre for the first time since May 5-August 4,
2006 ... Dunn hit his 399th home run ... Floyd has won five of his last seven
decisions ... Cooper has eight extra-base hits in 16 games since he was
recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on July 30.
08/16 02:22:40 ET