|Alex Rios smiles as he pulls into third base with his winning triple in the eighth. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press/Ap)|
Blue Jays remain on a roll
White Sox are swept in 4 games
TORONTO - The Chicago White Sox can't get out of Canada quickly enough.
Alex Rios hit a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning yesterday and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a four-game sweep, beating the White Sox, 3-2.
Chicago lost its season-high fifth in a row and has dropped 10 straight at Toronto.
"It seems like every time we come to Toronto we can't do anything," Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski said.
After Jim Thome tied it in the top of the eighth with his 548th career home run, Toronto bounced back against Octavio Dotel (1-1).
The Blue Jays start a nine-game road trip tonight at Fenway Park against the Red Sox. For Toronto's Kevin Millar, who hit a solo homer yesterday, it's a return to the city where he won the 2004 World Series.
"It's a part of you, no matter what," Millar said. "I had some good years back there. It's a fun place to play, one of my favorite parks and it's nice going there leading the East."
Chicago scored just eight runs in the series and went 2 for 23 with runners in scoring position.
"We've got guys, especially at the plate, trying too hard and I'm one of them," Pierzynski said."
The White Sox finished 1-6 on a road trip that started in Cleveland, a week that manager Ozzie Guillen described before the game as "horrible."
"It's kind of a crazy week," Guillen said afterward. "I can't describe it. We're losing games in different ways all the time, late in the game, early in the game, by a lot of runs, by a few runs. There's so many different ways to lose, you can't describe each of them."
The White Sox have lost 12 of 15 since May 2.
"We should be embarrassed because I think we've got a better ball club than we're showing right now," Guillen said.
Dotel had not allowed a run in 14 games this season, a span of 12 1/3 innings, when he relieved in the eighth with the score 2-all.
Jose Bautista drew a leadoff walk and moved up on Marco Scutaro's sacrifice. Bautista stole third with one out, racing in without a throw as Dotel looked in for the sign while third baseman Josh Fields played well behind the bag.
Rios scored Bautista with a triple that skipped past a diving Scott Podsednik in center field.
"You can't keep bad things in your mind," Dotel said. "Bad things, you've got to throw away as soon as possible and just look for the next day. Today is over, there's nothing we can do right now. If there was, it would be nice, but there's nothing we can do. We've just got to think about tomorrow."
Toronto led, 2-0, until Thome's two-run homer. He tied Mike Schmidt for 13th on baseball's career homer list.
"It's nice to do things like that but you definitely want to win the game, that's No. 1," Thome said. "We've got to go back home and get back on track, start swinging the bats and start winning some games."