The White Sox can’t seem to get out of their own way.
Too many self-inflicted wounds and a game-tying home run by Jose Bautista in the ninth inning on Tuesday night prevented the White Sox from their fourth straight win as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 7-5 victory in 10 innings at U.S. Cellular Field.
An inning after Addison Reed blew his second save attempt in 21 tries, Toronto pulled ahead as Rajai Davis scored the go-ahead run on White Sox reliever Ramon Troncoso’s one-out wild pitch.
Instead of moving to five games under the .500-mark with Chris Sale on the mound Wednesday and seven upcoming games against the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins, the White Sox dropped to 28-35.
“We kept shooting ourselves in the foot, running the bases,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Any time you lose like that, it doesn’t feel good.”
The mistakes weren’t limited to the bases.
An inning after Bautista’s game-tying homer, Davis singled off Troncoso, stole second and moved to third on a fly ball to right. Davis then scored when Troncoso’s first pitch to J.P. Arencibia scooted past Tyler Flowers to the backstop.
“We just kind of found a way to lose again,” said Flowers, who singled twice in four at-bats. “I didn't get a good read on (the wild pitch). I'll take the heat for that."
Flowers also was involved in the Blue Jays’ second run of the 10th inning when Maicer Izturis knocked free from the catcher’s glove a relay throw home, the team’s third error of the night.
“I had a choice to either try to make the tweener hop and look like an idiot if I missed it or try and make the higher percentage play and shorten the hop,” Flowers said. “I went up there, and when it shortened the hop it shortened the distance between the runner. It just sped things up. I never had a grip on it, and it came out.”
Even though they committed enough errors to fill a cargo container, the White Sox were in position to win.
Reed, who pitched for a fourth straight day, got the first two outs of the ninth inning and worked ahead of Bautista 1-2 in the count. But Reed left a slider at the top of the zone and Bautista belted it for a game-tying solo home run, his third homer of the series.
“One bad pitch, and the next thing you know, tie ballgame,” Reed said. “Everything felt good. I felt great out there. Felt strong. One mistake. It’s my job to get those three outs and I didn’t do it. Offense, pitching did everything to get the ball in my hands in the situation we wanted. … I feel it’s all on me and I’ll take full responsibility for it.”
Ventura didn’t feel as if either Reed or Flowers should have had to operate with such little margin for error and blamed it on the team’s baserunning.
Dayan Viciedo was thrown out trying to advance on a wild pitch in the second inning, Alejandro De Aza was picked off first base in the third, Gordon Beckham was thrown out at third in the fourth and Ramirez was doubled off second base in the fifth.
But all those mistakes were rendered moot by the offense until Bautista’s heroics.
Adam Dunn continued his hot streak with a solo homer in the second inning off Toronto starter Chien-Ming Wang to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Two innings later, Viciedo redeemed himself with a two-out RBI single to tie the game and Gillaspie followed him with a three-run shot to right-center to put the White Sox ahead 5-2.
White Sox starter Jose Quintana -- who allowed four runs (two earned) and six hits in 6 1/3 innings -- surrendered a two-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the fifth inning.
But he pitched around a potential rally in the sixth inning before he handed the ball over to the bullpen.
Nate Jones struck out two and Matt Thornton escaped a first-and-third, no-out jam in the eighth to preserve the 5-4 lead.
“(Reed’s) human and it’s going to happen,” Ventura said. “You figure it’s going to happen eventually, but you just never like it when it happens. He should have had a bigger cushion than that. That’s the way it goes.”