Blue Jays waste Estrada's strong start in loss to Dodgers
Toronto bullpen puts on shaky performance in 2nd straight defeat
At spring training, Toronto Blue Jays reliever Drew Storen was in the mix for taking over as team closer before settling for the setup role.
He could soon be in danger of losing his eighth-inning spot if he doesn't overcome his inconsistent start to the season.
Storen struggled in his brief appearance Sunday at Rogers Centre, putting on the eventual tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers came back for a 4-2 win over Toronto.
"You're going to have these stretches and it's a matter of how you look at it," Storen said. "You can get caught up in, 'I'm not catching breaks' or whatever. Just keep your head down and do your thing.
"There's a reason why I've had the career I have."
After starter Marco Estrada turned in a strong seven-inning performance, the Blue Jays scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to take a 2-1 lead.
But Chase Utley led off with a walk in the eighth and moved to third base on a ground-rule double by Corey Seager. That was it for Storen, as Blue Jays manager John Gibbons turned to closer Roberto Osuna earlier than he would have liked.
Osuna struck out Justin Turner before intentionally walking Adrian Gonzalez to load the bases. Yasmani Grandal hit a sacrifice fly to bring home the tying run and Howie Kendrick put the Dodgers ahead with an RBI single.
"I wasn't really going to wait around to see his slider or anything like that," Kendrick said. "He left a fastball out over the middle and I was able to put a good swing on it."
Los Angeles (16-15) tacked on an insurance run in the ninth. Reliever Chris Hatcher (3-3) worked one inning for the win and Kenley Jansen earned his 11th save.
Storen, who was acquired in an off-season trade with Washington for outfielder Ben Revere, was charged with both runs and fell to 0-2 on the season.
"I'm just frustrated with today," Storen said. "You don't want to lose the ball game there. But tomorrow the sun comes up and you get right back after it."
Storen's earned-run average rose to 9.00 and opponents are hitting .367 against him. He had 29 saves and a 3.44 ERA in 58 appearances last season with the Nationals.
"We do need him, that's just a fact. ... we're a month in," Gibbons said. "We're trying to build something, build some confidence and get something rolling. Could I have left him in there to see if he could have worked his way out? Yeah, but we got Osuna waiting there.
"But yeah, we're constantly looking at how things are run and trying to figure out what the best way to go is."