CHICAGO (AP) Colby Rasmus went 5 for 5 with a homer to help Ricky Romero earn his seventh win as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 9-5 on Tuesday night.Rasmus and David Cooper hit two-run homers in the fifth off Phil Humber and both finished with three RBIs in Toronto's 13-hit attack.Romero (7-1) pitched seven-plus innings, allowing six hits and five runs - three earned. He gave up an unearned run in the first, a two-run homer to A.J. Pierzynski in the seventh after Toronto had built a 7-1 lead, and then a solo shot to Adam Dunn in the eighth before he was replaced by Francisco Cordero.Chicago played without cleanup hitter and first baseman Paul Konerko, who was scratched from the lineup after having a procedure on his left wrist. Manager Robin Ventura said Konerko had a chip in the wrist flushed out, adding it's a condition Konerko has had previously. Ventura said Konerko should be ready to play Wednesday.Rasmus hit his seventh homer of the season following a leadoff double in the fifth by Brett Lawrie, who'd been moved to the leadoff spot for the first time this season. After a two-out single by Yunel Escobar, Cooper connected to make it 5-1.Humber (2-3) labored with his control from the outset and lasted only five innings, throwing 101 pitches, giving up seven hits, five runs and four walks. He has just one victory in eight starts since pitching a perfect game against Seattle on April 21.Humber gave up a first-inning single to Rasmus and then walked three of the next four batters, forcing in a run when Cooper drew ball four on a 3-2 count with the bases loaded.Chicago got the run back in the bottom half, thanks to two outfield errors by the Blue Jays. Alejandro De Aza singled and made it to second when left fielder Rajai Davis bobbled the ball. De Aza moved up on a sacrifice and scored when center fielder Rasmus missed Dayan Viciedo's shallow fly ball for the second error of the inning.The Blue Jays had four straight singles off former teammate Zach Stewart for two more runs in the sixth. Rasmus added an RBI double in the eighth.Notes: Romero is now 3-0 in four career starts against the White Sox. ... Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion (right wrist) remained out of the lineup Tuesday. He was hit by a pitch in the second inning Sunday and was removed in the fifth. "There's still swelling," manager John Farrell said. "There's progress being made." ... White Sox LHP John Danks (left shoulder strain) will throw a side session Wednesday and expects to make a rehab start before being activated from the 15-day DL.
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That the White Sox lost their fourth consecutive game doesn’t change the big picture plans of the franchise, which probably — but not definitely — will involve making at least one trade before the end of July.
Before the White Sox lost, 6-5, to the New York Yankees Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, general manager Rick Hahn met with the media and delivered the same message he’s had since trading away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in December. The White Sox are open for business, and would like to make a number of moves to further bolster their farm system, but won’t make a trade if they don’t receive what they view to be a fair return.
“Would I be surprised (if we didn’t make a trade)? No, because I try not to be surprised by the dynamics of this market,” Hahn said. “Would I be mildly disappointed? Sure. We are here to try to improve this club.
“We feel we have certain first and desirable players that would help other clubs and may fit better on their competitive windows then they do on ours right now. And we intend to be active each day in trying to further accomplish what we set out to do a year ago at this time.
“But do we have to do it? No. That would be using an artificial spot on the calendar to force decision-making. That would be the last thing we need to do. We need to take a long term view of what we are trying to accomplish.”
Hahn didn’t name names, but Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson could be short-term fixes for contending clubs. Jose Quintana, who will start Tuesday against the Yankees, remains the team’s most valuable trade chip despite a 4.69 ERA that sits over run higher than his career average.
Frazier homered Monday and entered the game hitting .262/.351/.524 since Memorial Day. Cabrera similarly has found success after a slow start, slashing a healthy .324/.375/.482 in his previous 34 games before picking up two hits in four at-bats Monday. And Robertson, who’s been linked to the relief-starved Washington Nationals for months, has 41 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings with 11 saves.
“We want to be able to do as much as we can in our power to get this team to where it needs to be,” Hahn said. “Yes, there’s an element of competitiveness involved in that. There’s an element of patience involved in that. But at the end of the day, we have to — we get paid to be prudent in our decision making. We have to make the right decision.”
In the meantime, the White Sox looked the part of a rebuilding team with the worst record in the American League on Monday. Starter David Holmberg struggled, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings — but only two of those runs were earned thanks to errors by Holmberg, Frazier and Matt Davidson.
As the Yankees took advantage of those miscues with three runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, Jordan Montgomery retired nine consecutive White Sox batters and went on to cruise with eight strikeouts over seven innings. The White Sox – as they’ve done quite a bit this year – still showed fight late, battling back in the ninth inning.
Tim Anderson ripped a three-run home run in the ninth inning off Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve to bring the White Sox within two. Joe Girardi quickly turned to Aroldis Chapman, who allowed a run when Jose Abreu doubled home Melky Cabrera. But the tying run was stranded on second when Avisail Garcia grounded out and Frazier flew out to end the game.