TORONTO — White Sox right-hander Scott Carroll went 38 days before receiving a second shot in the rotation, but Thursday's result against the Blue Jays wasn't worth the wait.
Carroll allowed five earned runs on nine hits over five innings, dropping the Sox into a hole they never threatened to escape in a 7-0 loss to the American League East-leading Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.
The Sox's offense was dormant and their defense shaky at times as they tumbled to their seventh loss in eight games on this trip and 11th in their last 14 games overall.
Manager Robin Ventura and several players said the Sox were flat after playing a 12-inning, rain-delayed game against the Orioles on Wednesday night and not reaching their Toronto hotel until nearly 5 a.m.
"That game just smelled right from the start," Ventura said. "We didn't play very well, didn't hit very well, didn't play defense very well, and it showed. … Hopefully it was (because of) getting in late. We'll find out tomorrow."
Carroll was sent to the bullpen after he went 1-3 with a 6.15 ERA over five starts in April and May. He received a second chance this week, thanks in part to right-hander Andre Rienzo's troubles and also to his own strong stretch in the bullpen. Carroll was 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA in six relief appearances.
Carroll started off on a sour note Thursday, allowing singles to Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera and an RBI double to Adam Lind to begin the first inning. The Blue Jays scored a second run when right fielder Moises Sierra launched a throw that bounced away from the plate.
The Blue Jays pulled ahead 3-0 in the second when Juan Francisco walked and scored on Reyes' RBI triple. Lind drove in two more runs in the fourth inning after Carroll loaded the bases on two singles and a walk.
Carroll said he felt he made several good pitches but caught some bad breaks, and Ventura said the Sox needed to play better defense behind Carroll.
"I definitely felt good going into the game," Carroll said. "All my pitches were working. I was aggressive in the zone, but unfortunately they found some holes and it was opportunistic for them and wasn't for me. I need to be a little bit better next time."
The Blue Jays nearly scored again in the fifth when Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro hit a long shot to the left-field wall that Dayan Viciedo misplayed. After it dropped, center fielder Leury Garcia made a throwing error that bounced by second baseman Gordon Beckham. But Navarro tried to make it home, and Jose Abreu scooped up the ball and got it to the plate in time for Adrian Nieto to tag out Navarro.
Left-hander Eric Surkamp made his Sox debut on the day he was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. He gave up one earned run in 11/3 innings.
Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton grounded out in his first at-bat before Leury Garcia replaced him in center field in the bottom of the first.
Eaton said he has been dealing with ongoing leg issues and a long game Wednesday on a humid night in Baltimore didn't help.
"It basically crushed my legs," Eaton said of the finale against the Orioles. "I need to communicate better with them when I need a day and whatnot. It didn't look good, didn't feel good. We'll be kind of day-to-day right now, is what we're hoping for."
The Sox got little going on offense without Eaton. They had four hits and struck out eight times against Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ in his 72/3 innings.
“We had a long night, that definitely played into it,” Beckham said. “That’s not to take anything away from him because he was really good, but we’ve had a long 24 hours. He was good; we were not.”
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