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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 3, White Sox 1

By ESPNChicago.com

Here's a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 3-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday:

How it happened: Coming off the worst start of his career, Chris Sale pitched good enough to win, giving up two earned runs in seven innings. But the Sox committed two costly errors, including one by Sale, against the Jays, who got a stellar effort from 2012 NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. He pitched six shutout innings before leaving with neck and back stiffness. The Jays took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an Edwin Encarnacion RBI single and scored two runs in the fifth when an Adam Dunn error scored Emilio Bonifacio and Raji Davis hit an RBI double. Tyler Flowers drove in the only Sox run in the eighth inning with a double that scored Alexei Ramirez.

What it means: The Sox had a chance to win their four-game series against the Jays and put a positive end to a tough 10-game road trip. Instead their ace lost his second straight start, the victim of a lack of run support, which has been a familar refrain early in the season for the Sox, who had just four hits. Dayan Viciedo could be headed to the disabled list after suffering an oblique strain.

Next: The Sox return home to open a weekend series against the Minnesota Twins. The Sox's Jake Peavy (2-1, 3.93 ERA) will be opposed by the Twins' Vancer Worley (0-2, 10.50) in the 7:10 p.m. CT start at U.S. Cellular Field.