- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Marcus Stroman couldn’t get out of the first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays couldn’t get back in the win column.

The Blue Jays gave up 17 hits and five-run innings in the first and fifth, losing 11-5 to the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

“Win a game,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons of the solution. “That’s all it takes. It’s not always that easy, though.”

Especially of late. Toronto has lost 10 of 13 to drop four games behind Seattle in the race for the second and final wild-card spot.

Stroman (7-4) allowed five runs on five hits and a hit batter in two-thirds of an inning, his shortest outing since joining the rotation on May 31.

“In fact, I even made some good pitches,” Stroman said. “When I made good pitches, they were hit for base hits. It was one of those days that you put in the past, put your head down, work hard during the week and look forward to your next outing.”

Afterward, pitcher Chad Jenkins was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. He allowed one run on five hits and a walk in 2 2-3 innings. A relief pitcher is expected to be called up before the game on Saturday night.

Rookie Jose Abreu had three singles and three RBIs to increase his total to 89, most in the major leagues. Adam Dunn, who also had three hits, and Dayan Viciedo each drove in two runs.

Hector Noesi (7-8) settled down after allowing four runs in the first two innings and pitched five-plus innings for his fourth win in five decisions.

Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion was hitless as the DH after being activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game.

Ten of the first 15 White Sox hitters reached base as Chicago scored five runs in the first inning and added one in the second.

“The offense was great tonight,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “We put together a really great inning against a hot pitcher. It was good to see the offense do this tonight.


Three pitchers combined to throw 68 pitches in a 40-minute first inning.

“It’s ridiculous the way the speed of the game is right now,” said ex-White Sox and current Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle, one of the fastest workers in the big leagues. “To me, (baseball officials) need to do something to change it up.”

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