Blue Jays ride Hill's power stroke to big wn
Stuck in an offensive slump, the Chicago White Sox plan to shake things up with a new-look lineup and even a new, albeit temporary, manager this weekend.
Aaron Hill hit a two-run homer, rookie Brett Cecil won his second straight start and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the struggling White Sox 8-3 on Friday night.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will turn things over to bench coach Joey Cora for the next couple of days while he heads home to Chicago to attend his son's college graduation.
"Getting out of this ballclub for a few days might help me mentally and physically," Guillen said. "Maybe my heart is going to get a little bit younger in the next couple of days. I hope they win the next two days without me."
The White Sox lost for the seventh straight time in Toronto. Chicago was limited to 11 runs and a .146 batting average during six consecutive defeats in Canada over the past two seasons, and was shut out twice in four games here in 2008.
After another poor performance Friday, Guillen promised changes to the lineup.
"Offensively we're really, really bad right now," Guillen said. "We have to be better than that. How? It's my job to figure out how. We're going to make maybe a few changes in the lineup to see if that works. But when the manager changes the lineup every day, that's not a good sign of a winning ballclub."
Guillen said it was time for the players, coaches and himself to "look in the mirror."
"I don't think I'm doing my job," he said. "My job is winning games and that's the last thing we're doing right now."
Cecil (2-0) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.
"He got an early lead, just made his pitches and kept guys off base," White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye said. "When we finally started getting to him it was kind of too late."
The left-hander had a 16-inning scoreless streak snapped when Paul Konerko hit a solo homer in the fifth.
"I'm having a lot of fun up here," Cecil said. "I'm enjoying the experience. Hopefully it continues."
Jesse Carlson got six outs and B.J. Ryan finished in his first appearance since being activated off the 15-day disabled list Thursday. Ryan had been out since April 23 with muscle tightness in his back and shoulder but won't be pitching in save opportunities for now.
"He got the job done, it's good to see," manager Cito Gaston said. "We can use him, whether he gets back into his role or comes in there as the setup man."
Hill went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for his 18th multihit game this season. He raised his average to .347.
Hill opened the scoring with his 10th homer in the third and Toronto blew it open with a six-run fourth, opening the inning with seven consecutive hits and chasing John Danks.
Adam Lind led off with a double to right. He went to third on Scott Rolen's single and scored on a base hit by Kevin Millar. Rolen scored when Rod Barajas doubled off the wall in left and Millar came around when Carlos Quentin dropped the ball. Jose Bautista followed with an RBI double, ending a dreadful night for Danks.
"I made pretty good pitches and they were just able to hit the ball hard," Danks said. "I wish I had an answer. We were throwing them balls in off the plate and they we're hitting them, we'd throw them away off the plate and they were hitting them. It didn't matter what I threw up there, it got hit."
D.J. Carrasco came on and gave up an RBI double to Marco Scutaro, a single to Hill and loaded the bases by hitting Alex Rios. Scutaro scored when Vernon Wells grounded into a double play and Lind ended the rally by flying out.
Danks (2-3) allowed seven runs and nine hits, the third time in four starts he has allowed five runs or more. Danks, who has not won since April 22, disgustedly tipped his hat to jeering fans as he left the field.
"These fans, I don't want to get in trouble, they're hockey fans, I'll call them that," Danks said. "They were getting on me pretty good and it was just kind of my way of slapping them back in the face, I guess you could say."
Dye also homered for the White Sox, who have lost four of five and nine of 12. He hit a two-run shot in the sixth for his eighth of the year.
Dye was in the lineup after appealing a two-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball earlier in the day. Dye was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for slamming his helmet to the ground and having it bounce off plate umpire Mike DiMuro after he struck out with the bases loaded in Wednesday's victory at Cleveland.
Quentin returned to the lineup after missing two starts with a sore left heel. ... Toronto activated LHP Ricky Romero (right oblique) off the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Las Vegas. Romero will start for Las Vegas on Monday. ... Toronto snapped a two-game losing streak and has yet to lose three straight this season.