- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - R.A. Dickey’s record may not reflect it, but the Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer isn’t far from where he wants to be.

These days, though, he can’t catch a break.

Jeff Samardzija pitched a four-hitter, Melky Cabrera homered and the Chicago White Sox shut out the Blue Jays 2-0 on Thursday.

Samardzija (6-4) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning for the second straight game.

Dickey dropped to 3-10 despite allowing three or fewer earned runs for the 10th time this season. Dickey scattered four hits and struck out six Thursday while allowing two earned runs.

“It’s been a tough run,” Dickey said. “I can only control what I’m responsible for and sometimes I haven’t. But today I felt like I did.”

Toronto lost the four-game series, which Dickey said “wasn’t ideal” for a team trying to remain in contention for an AL East title.

Ryan Goins singled to right field with one out in the sixth to break up the no-hitter.

The next batter, Devon Travis, hit a weak grounder to the left side of the infield. Third baseman Conor Gillaspie, who was playing in, tried to cut the ball off but ended up deflecting it past shortstop Gordon Beckham into left field. Goins advanced to third on the play.

But Samardzija got All-Star Josh Donaldson to ground into an inning-ending double play. Donaldson also grounded into a double play in the ninth.

“You get against a guy like (Samardzija) and you get very few opportunities,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “(Donaldson) has been our top hitter and he got him a couple of times, so you have to tip your hat to him.”

The White Sox took the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Adam Eaton led off with a triple and later scored on a passed ball. Cabrera then made it 2-0 with a solo shot into the right-field bullpen.

It was enough for Samardzija and for the White Sox, who have won seven of their last nine games.

“We really feel like we’re about to take off,” Samardzija said. “With this staff, if you give us a few runs I think we’ll be all right.”

BACK TO EVEN

The Blue Jays dropped to .500 for the first time since June 9 when Toronto was 30-30. “Nobody’s pretending that we’re going to coast into the playoffs,” Dickey said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us going forward … and it’s not getting any easier.”

TRAINER’S ROOM:

White Sox: Shortstop Alexei Ramirez didn’t start after fouling a ball off his left foot Wednesday night. “He’s not moving around all that great,” manager Robin Ventura said.

UP NEXT:

Blue Jays: Toronto heads to Kansas City for a weekend series with the Royals. RHP Marco Estrada (6-4, 3.59 ERA) starts the opener Friday against LHP Danny Duffy (2-4, 5.14). Estrada is 5-1 with a 3.29 ERA in his past seven starts.

White Sox: Chicago’s final series before the All-Star break is a crosstown matchup with the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Rookie LHP Carlos Rodon (3-2, 4.18 ERA) starts the opener Friday against RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.82). Rodon is limiting left-handed batters to a .209 average with no homers and 24 strikeouts.


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