TORONTO (AP) - Just when it looked like nothing could stand in the way of Marcus Stroman’s eighth straight win, he handed a four-run lead to the Blue Jays bullpen.
Todd Frazier doubled home the go-ahead run in a five-run seventh inning and the White Sox rallied to beat Toronto 7-5 on Monday night.
Michael Saunders hit a two-run home run for the Blue Jays, who failed to win three consecutive home games for the first time this season.
“It was definitely a tough loss,” shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said.
Brett Cecil (0-4) gave up two runs without retiring a batter and allowed three inherited runners to score. So far this season, Cecil has allowed six of nine inherited runners to score.
“You’ve got to get him sharp,” manager John Gibbons said of Cecil. “He needs to find it.”
Toronto relievers have let 17 of 34 inherited runners score, the worst mark in the AL.
Zach Putnam (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win. Dan Jennings got one out, Matt Albers worked the eighth and David Robertson finished for his eighth save.
Tulowitzki made the final out when he was hit by Saunders’ infield hopper while running from first to second.
“I’ve got to get to second base there so I’m trying to time it perfect,” Tulowitzki said. “The ball kicked back a little bit, hit me in my arm.”
Stroman allowed four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He is winless in three career games against the White Sox.
“I felt pretty good all night,” Stroman said. “I was just really frustrated with the way things kind of turned out.”
The right-hander was sharp through six innings, allowing one run and four hits.
“We were down and out there,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I think Stroman had us at a point where it look pretty bleak.”
Instead, things went sour in the seventh. Stroman stayed in the game after taking Dioner Navarro’s comebacker off his left elbow, then left after walking the next batter, ninth hitter Austin Jackson, on four pitches to load the bases.
Cecil (0-4) came on and gave up a two-run single to Eaton and an RBI single to Rollins as Chicago cut the deficit to 5-4.
Cecil left after walking Jose Abreu to load the bases, but Frazier hit a two-run double on the second pitch he saw from right-hander Gavin Floyd, giving the White Sox a 6-5 lead.
“You were able to kind of feel that coming,” Ventura said. “I think each guy that came up got more confidence from the at bat the guy had before.”
Although his elbow was bruised, Stroman said he was not seriously injured.
“The arm’s good, just a little bruised,” he said.
Six straight White Sox batters reached with two outs in the 11-batter, five-hit inning.
“That’s huge,” Frazier said. “You don’t see it too often, especially with two outs.”
IN THE SWING OF THINGS
Toronto has scored five or more in four straight games and has 11 or more hits in three straight.
HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA
Navarro and RHP Mat Latos were among the White Sox players watching the Game 7 showdown between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues in the clubhouse afterward.
White Sox: C Kevan Smith (back spasms) was scratched from what would have been his major league debut after being injured during the team stretch. “It will go down in folklore history of weird things that happen to people,” Ventura said. Smith was recalled from Triple-A Sunday when C Alex Avila (right hamstring) went on the 15-day DL.
Blue Jays: C Russell Martin (neck spasms) sat for the second straight game. … Josh Donaldson (left leg) started at DH with Darwin Barney at third base.
White Sox: LHP Chris Sale (4-0, 1.80) will be pitching on five days rest when faces a Blue Jays lineup whose top sluggers feast on left-handed pitching. Bautista, Donaldson and Encarnacion are hitting a combined .405 (15 for 37) with three home runs against lefties.
Blue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey (1-2, 6.10) is winless in his past three starts. The knuckleballer is 2-5 with a 7.40 ERA in 11 career games against the White Sox.
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