Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Jays Bullpen Struggles, Frazier Ignites White Sox to Fourth Straight Win

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blue Jays Bullpen Struggles, Frazier Ignites White Sox to Fourth Straight Win

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Frazier ignites White Sox in rally over Jays

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TORONTO - There was one persistent feeling that kept coming up in the Blue Jays' post-game scrums on Monday night: frustration.

After a demoralizing 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox, punctuated by Toronto squandering a four-run lead over one bad inning, Marcus Stroman felt that more than anyone.

"I play the game extremely passionately and I was extremely frustrated with the way things played out there," said Stroman, who left the game with a 5-1 lead and the bases loaded with two out in the seventh before the Blue Jays bullpen ran up the score.

"I felt pretty good all night but I was just really frustrated with the way things turned out and I felt like I didn't do my job in the end."

Brett Cecil (0-5), replacing Stroman in the seventh, took the loss after allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while failing to get the final out of the frame.

Gavin Floyd, in for Cecil and staked to a slim 5-4 lead with the bases loaded, then gave up a two-run double to Todd Frazier, the first batter he faced, as Chicago rallied for its fourth straight victory.

Stroman dominated through much of his start before running into trouble in the disastrous seventh. The 24-year-old right-hander was charged with four runs on six hits and two walks through 6 2/3. He also struck out four.

Pulled from the game, Stroman expressed his anger in the dugout, smacking his hand against the bench as his team gave up the lead.

"I heard him," manager John Gibbons said of the outburst. "I didn't see anything but I definitely heard him."

Asked if he was showing up Cecil with his dugout antics, Stroman replied: "I don't think so at all."

"In no sense have I ever tried to turn my teammate up in any sense," he added. "It was more frustration in the fact that I felt I didn't do my job in the end and I didn't put my team in a position to win when I went back out there for the seventh.

"I was frustrated. I've always been an emotional guy."

Frazier, Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu drove in two runs apiece for the White Sox (14-6). Chicago reliever Zach Putnam earned his first win of the season and David Robertson pitched the bottom of the ninth for his eighth save. …

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