MIAMI (AP) — Nobody seems to be sure what the Marlins need to get out of their funk. Miami manager Ozzie Guillen is certain it’s not a psychiatrist.
Jose Bautista homered and drove in three runs, Kelly Johnson also had three RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the skidding Marlins 12-5 on Friday night.
Brett Lawrie had three hits and scored four times to help the Blue Jays end an eight-game losing streak to the Marlins, who own a 17-5 advantage in the series. Miami has lost five straight and 14 of 16 overall.
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“Great players don’t need a psychiatrist,” Guillen said. “I didn’t see Pete Rose talking with any psychiatrist — Paul Molitor or all those guys. They talked with nobody. The (bad) players are the ones that need the psychiatrist next to them. Last five years, you see a lot of this in baseball. When players fail, they need a doctor. When managers and coaches fail, they get rid of (them).”
Guillen, who played 16 seasons in the majors from 1985-2000, believes players have to help themselves.
“I was from an era in baseball when Budweiser and vodka took care of the psychiatric things,” Guillen said. “You fail, you get drunk and you come back the next day to see how good it feels. The psycho guys — the doctors — they never played this game. They never wore the uniform. They never came out of a slump. They’re not used to it, so how are they going to help?”
Giancarlo Stanton, Omar Infante and Gaby Sanchez homered for the Marlins, but runs have been hard to come by. Miami hasn’t scored more than five in a game since a 7-6 win over San Francisco on May 25.
“Players are making excuses,” Guillen said. “They don’t have the shrink when they go 4 for 4, they only need the shrink when they fail. I don’t believe in that. Some people do. Good for them.
“If (a psychiatrist) really worked, I would need one now,” he added.
Ricky Romero (8-1) provided the Blue Jays with seven much-needed innings after Toronto placed three starters on the disabled list in the last week. Kyle Drabek was lost for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and Drew Hutchison (elbow sprain) and Brandon Marrow (strained rib cage muscle) also went on the DL.
Romero allowed four runs and struck out five.
“I’ve been lucky,” he said. “The hitters have done their part every time I’ve pitched it seems like.”
Lawrie led off the game with a triple down the right-field line and scored on a groundout by Colby Rasmus. Bautista singled home Lawrie in the third, and Johnson’s sacrifice fly scored Bautista.
Toronto chased Anibal Sanchez (3-6) in the fourth after the right-hander walked in a run with the bases loaded, giving the Blue Jays a 4-0 lead. Two more runs scored in the inning, both charged to Sanchez. He gave up six runs, seven hits and four walks in 3 1-3 innings.
“I wanted to help the team,” Sanchez said. “I know the situation right now with the team. I just want to do the best I can, like I do every time. I wanted to help the team get out of the hole we are in right now.”
Stanton’s homer and an RBI single by Hanley Ramirez cut the lead to 6-2 before the Blue Jays scored five more in the sixth off Ryan Webb, keyed by a two-run double from J.P. Arencibia. Johnson and Rajai Davis each had an RBI single in the inning and Yunel Escobar drove in a run with Toronto’s third sacrifice fly.
Bautista’s 419-foot homer to left was his 23rd of the season and 11th in the past 18 games.
Infante’s two-run shot was his first since May 8. Sanchez’s only other home run came on April 26.
“Nothing’s fair now,” Stanton said. “That’s pretty much the story. It’s either nothing, or one or the other. We’ve got to turn it all at the same time.”
NOTES: The Blue Jays have made an adjustment in their starting rotation. RHP Jesse Chavez will start Sunday against Miami and RHP Henderson Alvarez will start Monday against Boston. … Marlins CF Emilio Bonifacio (sprained left thumb) took 25 swings from the left side for the first time since his May 18 injury and did not have any pain. Although he would like to return sooner, Bonifacio is still expected to be out until after the All-Star break. … ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale was in attendance. … U.S. soccer standout Jozy Altidore threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Altidore will play in the World Soccer Masters Tour game at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday. … Miami will send RHP Josh Johnson (4-5, 4.18 ERA) to the mound Saturday to face LHP Brett Cecil (1-0, 3.60). Johnson is 6-1 with a 2.06 ERA in his last 10 interleague starts.