Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 4, White Sox 3

April, 15, 2013
4/15/13
8:55
PM CT
By Mark Polishuk
Special to ESPNChicago.com
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TORONTO -- Here's a quick look at how the Chicago White Sox lost 4-3 to Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday at Rogers Centre.

How it happened: Paul Konerko and Dayan Viciedo delivered RBI singles in the first inning, highlighting a four-hit frame that gave Chicago an early 2-0 lead. From there, however, the White Sox couldn't muster anything else against Buehrle despite a total of nine hits against their former ace in his 6 1/3 innings of work. Alexei Ramirez drove in Chicago's only other run of the game on a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

What it means: The White Sox fall to 0-6 in night games this season and 1-6 on the road. The defeat also continues their lengthy run of poor results in Toronto --- the Sox are now 7-19 over their last 26 games at Rogers Centre. It was the 11th time in 13 games for Chicago this season that the final score was decided by three runs or less. Starter Gavin Floyd now has a 6.25 ERA in 10 career games (eight of them starts) against the Blue Jays.

Outside the box: Floyd was trying to rebound after a tough outing against Washington in his last start but again ran into trouble. Spotted a 2-0 lead after the top of the first, Floyd promptly allowed Toronto to tie the score on a sacrifice fly and then J.P. Arencibia's solo blast over the right field wall. Floyd lasted only 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and three walks, striking out six. He left the game in the fifth with the bases loaded but Hector Santiago induced a grounder from Izturis for the double play to escape the jam.

Offbeat: Alex Rios went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, continuing his history of success against his former team. Heading into Monday's game, Rios was hitting .290/.305/.570 with six home runs in 93 career at-bats against the Blue Jays. Though it has been over three years since Rios played for the Jays, Rios received his usual heavy round of booing from the Rogers Centre fans for his perceived lackadaisical attitude when he played for Toronto.

Up next: The White Sox continue their series in Toronto when they face the Blue Jays at 6:07 p.m. CT on Tuesday. Right-hander Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 5.79 ERA) takes the hill for Chicago against Jays right-hander Josh Johnson (0-1, 11.05 ERA).

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.317 36 107 80
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
WC. Sale 12
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208