TORONTO -- Chicago White Sox right-hander Scott Carroll went 38 days before receiving a second shot in the rotation, but the results Thursday against the Blue Jays weren't quite worth the wait.
Carroll allowed five earned runs on nine hits over five innings, dropping the Sox into a hole they never threatened to climb out of in a 7-0 loss to the American League East-leading Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.
The Sox offense was dormant and their defense was at times shaky as they tumbled to their seventh loss in eight games on the road trip – and their 11th loss in their last 14 games overall.
Carroll's less-than-desirable return continued a season-long trend of problems with the back end of the Sox rotation.
Carroll was relegated to the bullpen after he went 1-3 with a 6.15 ERA over five starts with the Sox in April and May. He received a second chance this week thanks in part to right-hander Andre Rienzo's troubles and in part to his strong stretch in the bullpen. He was 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA in six relief appearances with the Sox.
But he started off on a sour note Thursday, allowing three straight hits -- 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 well away from the plate for an error.
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.
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 lasted 1 1/3 innings and gave up one earned run. He walked the first batter he faced in the seventh inning before Rienzo entered and allowed an RBI double. Rienzo also allowed a run in the eighth.
Sox center fielder Adam Eaton grounded out in his first at-bat, and he then was replaced in the bottom of the first by Leury Garcia. Officials announced that Eaton left the game with a left leg cramp. He missed time earlier this season with two separate leg injuries.
The Sox got little going on offense without him. They had four hits and struck out eight times against Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ in his 7 2/3 innings.
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