Adam Dunn, a former Texas quarterback, spent his pregame hours throwing football bombs to wide receivers disguised as White Sox pitchers. He spent his in-game hours hitting bombs over the Rogers Centre walls, but in the end it wasn't enough as the Blue Jays won, 3-2, in 11 innings.
The loser was Leyson Septimo, although the winning single by David Cooper came off Nate Jones.
Dunn unloaded homers No. 32 and 33, leaving him two short of 400 for his career and right at 1,000 RBIs.
"We're having trouble scoring runs right now," Dunn said. "It's one of those things we went through before and we came out of it."
"Except for Adam we didn't get anything going," manager Robin Ventura said. "We have to get something else going besides waiting for the home runs."
Dunn got a good warm-up for his heroics, helping the pitchers through their running drills hours before game time, with one acting as receiver and one as defender. Dunn has a very strong and somewhat accurate arm.
"It kind of breaks up (the monotony) for the guys," he said. "It's good fun for all of us."
It wasn't much fun for Jake Peavy.
He again was the victim of poor run support, save for Dunn. He finished eight innings and allowed two runs, one the result of a hit batter and the other the first career homer of Moises Sierra.
Peavy has lost three complete games this season by a combined 4-1 score and would have lost another Monday if Dunn hadn't homered to lead off the ninth inning.
"It seems like every year there's one guy who gets screwed and it's definitely him," Dunn said. "We can't seem to score runs when he's on the mound."
Dunn's first homer hit just to the right of dead center and nearly made it into the Rogers Centre restaurant, where it is believed only two balls have been hit in 23 years. Blue Jays officials estimated the ball landed 469 feet from home plate, leaving a dent in the roof of an advertising sign.
In the third inning, the Blue Jays scored -- and then didn't score -- in an unusual way. Peavy hit two batters in that inning, with the first, Anthony Gose, scoring on a single by Edwin Encarnacion. When Alex Rios threw home, the action started, ensuing in a double rundown play that was officially scored 9-2-6-4-2-5-1-5, with the second hit batter, Kelly Johnson, being tagged out.
The game also featured a White Sox lineup that, for the second time, had both catchers in the lineup -- A.J. Pierzynski as the DH and Tyler Flowers behind the plate.
"It's a little bit of" a gamble, Ventura said. "If (something) happens (to Flowers), it happens and you make do. ... Right now it's the best shot we have to win a game."
Pierzynski had been the Sox's hottest hitter going into the road trip with seven homers in his previous 11 games.
"It's nice to give A.J. a break ... and (still) let him play," Ventura said.
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