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.
Starting for the first time since May 19, White Sox right-hander Scott Carroll (2-4) allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings. Carroll, who walked two and struck out four, returned to the rotation in place of Andre Rienzo, who was moved to the bullpen.
“It was a frustrating night over all because I made a lot of good pitches,” Carroll said.
Lind hit an RBI double in the first, singled in the third and hit a two-run single in the fourth. He struck out in the seventh and, batting with runners at second and third in the eighth, flied out to the warning track in left.
The White Sox hit leadoff doubles in the fourth and eighth, and put the leadoff man at second on an error in the fifth, but couldn’t capitalize.
NOTES: Eaton’s early exit ended his hitting streak at a career-high 12 games and snapped his streak of reaching base safely at 20 games, also a career best. ... Chicago designated LH Scott Downs for assignment and recalled LH Eric Surkamp from Triple-A Charlotte. ... White Sox assistant hitting coach Harold Baines will miss this four-game series while attending his daughter’s wedding. ... Toronto OF Jose Bautista will test his sore left hamstring Friday and hopes to return to the lineup this weekend. ... White Sox LH John Danks (6-6) faces Blue Jays RH R.A. Dickey (6-6) on Friday.