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TORONTO (AP) - Worn down and deflated following an extra-innings loss at Baltimore the night before, the Chicago White Sox didn’t have much to offer in their series opener against the Blue Jays.
Adam Lind had three hits and three RBIs, J.A. Happ pitched a season-high 7 2-3 innings and Toronto beat the struggling White Sox 7-0 Thursday night.
“That game just smelled right from the start,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “We didn’t play very well, didn’t hit very well, didn’t play defense very well and it showed.”
Chicago was coming off a 12-inning loss at Baltimore on Wednesday that saw them blow a four-run lead in the eighth, then endure a rain delay in extra innings. They didn’t arrive at their Toronto hotel until almost sunrise.
“We’ve had a long 24 hours,” infielder Gordon Beckham said. “We just didn’t have it tonight and it’s not fun.”
Jose Reyes had four hits and scored twice as the AL East-leading Blue Jays reached the midpoint of the season at 45-36 and handed the struggling White Sox their seventh loss in eight games. Chicago lost for the 10th time in 11 road games.
Chicago lost center fielder Adam Eaton in the first inning with cramps in his left leg. Leury Garcia took over in center.
“Just the way he was going down the line, it didn’t look good,” Ventura said of Eaton, who missed two weeks last month with a strained right hamstring.
Eaton said he hoped to be in the lineup Friday.
“I feel better after some of the treatment I’ve been doing,” Eaton said. “We’ll continue to work on it.”
Happ (7-4) allowed four hits to win for the third time in five starts. The left-hander walked two and struck out a season-high eight.
“He had some good life on his fastball,” Beckham said. “I looked up in my last at-bat in the eighth and he was throwing it 94, 95. He was obviously feeling it a little bit.”
Happ was hit hard in an 11-1 loss to the Reds last Saturday, but said he used that poor start to motivate himself for this one.
“I put it behind me but I did pitch a little upset, a little angry at myself,” Happ said. “That helps.”
Dustin McGowan got the final out of the eighth and Chad Jenkins finished as the Blue Jays recorded their 10th shutout. The White Sox were blanked for the sixth time.
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