- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

TORONTO (AP) - R.A. Dickey can’t wait for May.

Up against a formidable foe in White Sox ace Chris Sale, the right-hander allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings Tuesday night as the Toronto Blue Jays lost 10-1, their fifth straight loss to Chicago.

“It’s really frustrating, in particular because you know you’re facing a guy where the margin of error is slim,” said Dickey, whose 6.75 ERA is a career high for the first month of the season. “It’s tough. I’ve got to find a way to arrest those big innings. I’m thankful April is over, let’s put it that way.”

The knuckleballer is winless in his last four outings and dropped to 2-6 in 12 career games against Chicago. Dickey has allowed three or more runs in each of his five starts this season.

“He had a tough draw tonight, that’s pretty simple right there,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “But it will turn for him, it will turn for the whole team. We still have confidence in ourselves, we’ll get it going.”

Sale (5-0) certainly did, pitching eight commanding innings. He leads the majors in wins and has a 1.66 ERA.

Sale carried a one-hitter into the seventh inning, retiring 13 straight batters before Edwin Encarnacion homered. Sale gave up four hits in eight innings, striking out six and walking two.

Sale said that while he was mindful of the power contained in the Blue Jays lineup, he just focused on the fundamentals. Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion came into the game hitting a combined .405 against lefties.

“Those guys will catch up to anybody. No matter how hard you throw it in there they can hit it, so it was more about just trying to find locations,” Sale said.

The White Sox set season highs with three home runs, 15 hits and 10 runs.

“We haven’t put a complete game together like that so it was kind of overdue,” said Adam Eaton, who had one of the three homers along with Dioner Navarro and Avasail Garcia.

It was Garcia who started the scoring in the third inning with his third home run, a drive that smacked the facing of the second level beyond the center-field wall.

The White Sox broke it open with three runs in the fifth. They chased Dickey in the seventh, with Navarro homering against his former team.

Encarnacion hit his third home run of the season, and 200th as a Blue Jay, into the fan deck on the second level above the center-field fence in the seventh inning. Encarnacion is just the sixth player to reach the mark as a Blue Jay.

FIRST BLEMISH

Troy Tulowitzki committed his first error as a Blue Jay in the first inning, mishandling a grounder from Adam Eaton. Tulowitzki had played 59 games at shortstop and had gone 258 total chances without committing an error. The longest errorless streak of a Blue Jays shortstop is 65 days, accomplished by Tony Fernandez between June 10 and Aug. 26, 1988.

COLABELLO’S CONFUSION

Blue Jays first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello, who received an 80-game suspensions last Friday for failing a performance-enhancing drugs test during spring training, took to the airwaves Tuesday to proclaim his innocence. In an interview with team broadcaster Rogers Sportsnet, the media arm of team-owning Rogers Communications, Colabello said he would “never compromise the integrity of baseball,” adding “I won’t rest until the day I figure out how this happened.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: C Kevan Smith (back) was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to Sunday and replaced by Hector Sanchez, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Charlotte.

Blue Jays: C Russell Martin (neck spasms) was scratched from the lineup for the third straight game and replaced by Josh Thole. Josh Donaldson (left leg) started as the DH with Matt Dominguez, recalled from Triple-A Buffalo earlier in the day, making his Blue Jays debut at Donaldson’s usual position of third base. Drew Hutchison was optioned back to Buffalo to make roster room for Dominguez.

UP NEXT

White Sox: LHP Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.82) puts his perfect record in Toronto on the line. Quintana is 3-0 with an 0.89 ERA over three career starts at Rogers Centre.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.50) faces the White Sox for the second time in his career. He was a no-decision going seven innings and giving up three earned runs in a 5-3 home loss last May.


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