Toronto Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie a single against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jon Blacker)
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:45 am
Blue Jays blow 5-run lead, lose to Dodgers 10-9
IAN HARRISONAssociated Press
Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer, Andre Ethier and Jerry Hairston Jr. added solo shots and the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Blue Jays 10-9 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory and 22nd in 27 games.
"We have a lot of great, capable baseball players in this room," Toronto slugger Jose Bautista said. "We're not getting the results right now."
Last-place Toronto has lost a season-worst six straight and 13 of 17.
"It doesn't get any worse than that, considering where we're at," manager John Gibbons said.
Bautista, Jose Reyes and Mark DeRosa homered for the struggling Blue Jays, who closed their clubhouse doors for more than an hour before batting practice but couldn't hold onto an 8-3 lead after six innings.
"Today was a good day to do it," Bautista said. "After the (All-Star) break we were hoping to come out of the gate strong and we didn't. So it was a good time to do it. It went well, we aired some things out."
For a while, it looked as though the meeting might have helped the Blue Jays, but their usually reliable bullpen couldn't keep the surging Dodgers at bay, giving up seven earned runs in the seventh and eighth.
"It's definitely not how we drew it up, but that's why you have to play the game on the field," left-hander Darren Oliver said. "We definitely have to turn it around so we can enjoy the last 2 1/2 months."
Gonzalez, Ethier and Mark Ellis each had three RBIs as the Dodgers won their ninth straight road game, matching their longest streak since July 2004.
"We're starting to be able to throw some big innings together," manager Don Mattingly said. "If you can get to the point where you don't feel like you're out of games, I think that's important."
Hairston homered in the sixth and Gonzalez erased an 8-6 deficit with a drive to center off Oliver (3-2) in the eighth, his 15th.
"That ball was crushed," Mattingly said.
One out later, Ethier went deep for the seventh time.
"We've got a lot of confidence on this team," Ellis said. "Especially in a ballpark like this, you feel like you're never out of the game. This place is right up there with Colorado and Texas as far as never being out of a ballgame."
Former Blue Jays right-hander Brandon League (4-3) got two outs for the win.
Kenley Jansen allowed J.P. Arencibia's RBI single in the ninth but finished for his 12th save, getting Brett Lawrie to fly out to the warning track in left with two on.
"That last ball, I'm thinking it's going," Mattingly said. "That ball was real close."
DeRosa hit his sixth homer in the fourth and Bautista hit his 23rd in the fifth, chasing Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano. Reyes went deep for the sixth time in the sixth, connecting off Carlos Marmol in his Los Angeles debut.
Reyes hit an RBI double and Bautista singled home a run in the third, but the Dodgers answered with two in the fourth on Ethier's double and Ellis' single.
Toronto reclaimed the lead in the bottom half. DeRosa hit a one-out homer, and Rajai Davis doubled and scored on Lawrie's sacrifice fly.
Marmol came on after Bautista homered in the fifth, but couldn't contain the damage. Arencibia doubled to begin the sixth and scored on Lawrie's single, and Reyes followed with a line-drive homer to right.
Los Angeles cut it to 8-6 with a three-run seventh against All-Star reliever Brett Cecil. Ethier drew a bases-loaded walk and Ellis hit a two-run single. The Dodgers left the bases loaded when Ethier was forced out at home plate on Nick Punto's comebacker.
Carl Crawford singled off Oliver to begin the eighth and Yasiel Puig walked before Gonzalez homered on a 1-1 pitch.
Neither starter figured in the decision. Blue Jays right-hander Todd Redmond allowed three runs and seven hits in a career-high 5 2-3 innings. He matched his career high with six strikeouts.
"He did a great job. He gave us what we needed," Gibbons said. "It's not an easy lineup to face and he held them in check."
Capuano allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp sat out his second straight game with a sore left ankle. Kemp is expected to miss the entire three-game series.
NOTES: The Dodgers opened a roster spot for Marmol by placing RHP Jose Dominguez on the 15-day DL with a strained left quadriceps. ... The Blue Jays bumped OF Melky Cabrera up from fifth to second in the order, dropping Bautista to third and Edwin Encarnacion to fourth. ... Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt will be away from the team for several days following the death of his mother-in-law, Mattingly said. Bullpen coach Chuck Crim will replace Honeycutt, and minor league pitching coordinator Rafael Chaves will take over for Crim.