MIAMI (AP) — Nobody seems to be sure what the Marlins need to get out of their funk. Miami manager Ozzie Guillen is certain it's not a psychiatrist.
Jose Bautista homered and drove in three runs, Kelly Johnson also had three RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the skidding Marlins 12-5 on Friday night.
Brett Lawrie had three hits and scored four times to help the Blue Jays end an eight-game losing streak to the Marlins, who own a 17-5 advantage in the series. Miami has lost five straight and 14 of 16 overall.
"Great players don't need a psychiatrist," Guillen said. "I didn't see Pete Rose talking with any psychiatrist — Paul Molitor or all those guys. They talked with nobody. The (bad) players are the ones that need the psychiatrist next to them. Last five years, you see a lot of this in baseball. When players fail, they need a doctor. When managers and coaches fail, they get rid of (them)."
Guillen, who played 16 seasons in the majors from 1985-2000, believes players have to help themselves.
"I was from an era in baseball when Budweiser and vodka took care of the psychiatric things," Guillen said. "You fail, you get drunk and you come back the next day to see how good it feels. The psycho guys — the doctors — they never played this game. They never wore the uniform. They never came out of a slump. They're not used to it, so how are they going to help?"
Giancarlo Stanton, Omar Infante and Gaby Sanchez homered for the Marlins, but runs have been hard to come by. Miami hasn't scored more than five in a game since a 7-6 win over San Francisco on May 25.
"Players are making excuses," Guillen said. "They don't have the shrink when they go 4 for 4, they only need the shrink when they fail. I don't believe in that. Some people do. Good for them.
"If (a psychiatrist) really worked, I would need one now," he added.
Ricky Romero (8-1) provided the Blue Jays with seven much-needed innings after Toronto placed three starters on the disabled list in the last week. Kyle Drabek was lost for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and Drew Hutchison (elbow sprain) and Brandon Marrow (strained rib cage muscle) also went on the DL.
Romero allowed four runs and struck out five.
"I've been lucky," he said. "The hitters have done their part every time I've pitched it seems like."
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