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Blue Jays blow 5-run lead, lose to Dodgers 10-9

Wednesday - 7/24/2013, 12:48am  ET

Los Angeles Dodgers players, from left, Adrian Gonzalez, Jerry Hairston Jr., Nick Punto and Mark Ellis celebrate their 10-9 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jon Blacker)

IAN HARRISON
Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -- Clearing the air during a long clubhouse meeting didn't help the Toronto Blue Jays snap out of the worst slump of their disappointing season.

Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer, Andre Ethier and Jerry Hairston Jr. added solo shots and the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Blue Jays 10-9 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory and 22nd in 27 games.

"We have a lot of great, capable baseball players in this room," Toronto slugger Jose Bautista said. "We're not getting the results right now."

Last-place Toronto has lost a season-worst six straight and 13 of 17.

"It doesn't get any worse than that, considering where we're at," manager John Gibbons said.

Bautista, Jose Reyes and Mark DeRosa homered for the struggling Blue Jays, who closed their clubhouse doors for more than an hour before batting practice but couldn't hold onto an 8-3 lead after six innings.

"Today was a good day to do it," Bautista said. "After the (All-Star) break we were hoping to come out of the gate strong and we didn't. So it was a good time to do it. It went well, we aired some things out."

For a while, it looked as though the meeting might have helped the Blue Jays, but their usually reliable bullpen couldn't keep the surging Dodgers at bay, giving up seven earned runs in the seventh and eighth.

"It's definitely not how we drew it up, but that's why you have to play the game on the field," left-hander Darren Oliver said. "We definitely have to turn it around so we can enjoy the last 2
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