TORONTO -- Blue Jays rookie Marcus Stroman barely had time to find a seat on the bench before his afternoon of hard work was undone.
Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run home run on the first pitch he saw from reliever Dustin McGowan and the Chicago White Sox beat Toronto, 4-3, yesterday.
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"It's tough to deal with," said Stroman, who starred at Patchogue-Medford High School. "It's part of baseball."
Viciedo's blast spoiled an otherwise sparkling performance by Stroman, who allowed two runs and a season-low two hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out six.
Even White Sox lefthander Chris Sale, who earned the win, felt bad about Stroman's fate. "He was great tonight," Sale said. "He threw better than I did. Obviously, you throw like that, you deserve to win a game."
Stroman allowed just two baserunners through the first six innings, one of which was erased on an attempted stolen base. "It didn't look all that great in the beginning," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "[Stroman] was dominant for a while."
Stroman, who was coming off an impressive win against the Yankees on Monday in which he struck out seven and allowed three hits and one run in eight innings, has put up impressive numbers this season: 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA and 43 hits in 42 2/3 innings.
Things changed after Stroman got two quick outs in the seventh. Jose Abreu doubled, Adam Dunn walked and McGowan came on to face Viciedo, who drilled a second-deck home run. "We've been going through some rough times," Viciedo said through a translator. "It's always good to come through."
McGowan (4-3) blew his second straight save opportunity, leaving Blue Jays manager John Gibbons to rue his decision. "My thinking was, [Stroman] pitched his butt off," Gibbons said. "I don't want him to lose the game right there. That's the way it goes. But you always look back on things like that. I had a plan and it just didn't work."
Viciedo also connected in Friday's win and has gone deep four times in his past 15 games against the Blue Jays. The White Sox are 7-1 this season when Viciedo homers.