With their latest skid in the past, the Toronto Blue Jays hope their offense is back on track.
They'll look to build on a solid effort at plate Sunday in the decisive series finale against the host Chicago White Sox.
Melky Cabrera and Jose Reyes each had two hits and combined for three RBIs as Toronto (64-60) snapped a four-game slide with a 6-3 win at Chicago on Saturday. By also ending a seven-game road losing streak, the Blue Jays won for the fourth time in 14 games since winning 11 of their final 13 in July.
The Blue Jays, who prevailed despite blowing a 3-0 lead Saturday, have scored 11 runs through the first two of the set after totaling four in the previous three contests.
"What's been missing has been being able to score period," manager John Gibbons told MLB's official website after the Blue Jays recorded 13 hits Saturday.
"Emotions change when you cough up a lead, but you have to bounce right back. We have the lineup to do it."
Cabrera is batting .364 with eight RBIs in his last 11 games, and .378 with 15 RBIs in his last 17 at Chicago.
Since June 24, Reyes is hitting .343 with 32 runs scored in 45 games.
Making his first appearance against the White Sox (58-65), Drew Hutchison (8-10, 4.60 ERA) will try to bounce back after he allowed six runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings of an 11-1 loss at Seattle on Monday.
''It's disappointing," said the right-hander, who gave up a homer in 8 2-3 innings of a 5-1 victory over Baltimore in his previous outing.
A loser in nine of 13, Chicago counters with rookie Scott Carroll (4-7, 4.81), who is 0-2 with a 6.65 ERA in his last four starts. The right-hander hasn't pitched since he allowed seven runs, three homers and three walks over five innings in a 13-3 loss at Seattle on Aug. 7.
"If you don't execute pitches down in the zone at this level, that's what they're going to do," he told MLB's official website. "I'll get good results. But if you get pitches up in the zone, that's what's going to happen."
Carroll yielded five runs - three earned - and seven hits in five innings of a 7-0 loss at Toronto on June 26.
Reyes went 2 for 3 with a triple against him in that contest.
Teammate Adam Lind is 4 for 12 in four games since missing more than a month with a broken foot, and went 3 for 3 with a double against Carroll.
Chicago's Avisail Garcia had two hits with an RBI on Saturday in his first game since missing more than four months with a shoulder injury. Garcia is batting .294 with two homers and five RBIs in nine games this season.
"You don't put hope out that he will be able to make it back," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's just a nice surprise to have him back and I think it's a testament to him and how hard he's worked."
Cuban rookie Jose Abreu is 6 for 12 in his last three games, and 10 for 24 versus Toronto.
- Sports & Recreation
- Toronto Blue Jays
- Chicago White Sox
- Melky Cabrera
- Jose Reyes