Dickey, Blue Jays bullpen shut down White Sox in 3-1 win
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com April 18, 2013 8:12PM
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey calls for a catch after Chicago White Sox Dewayne Wise fouls out to the catcher during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Thursday, April 18, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Updated: April 18, 2013 10:04PM
TORONTO -- The White Sox were no match for R.A. Dickey, and couldn’t do much more with the Blue Jays bullpen.
Dickey pitched six innings of scoreless, two-hit ball before leaving with back and neck stiffness, and the Jays stole three bases on Chris Sale and capitalized on errors by Sale and first baseman Adam Dunn in a 3-1 victory on Thursday night.
The loss gave the Sox (7-9) a 2-2 split in their series that capped a 10-game road trip. They were 3-7 on the trip that started in Washington and continued in Cleveland.
Sale’s problems defending the Jays running game led to Toronto’s first two runs. Leadoff man Rajai Davis singled in the first, stole second on a strikeout pitch to Melky Cabrera, and on the first pitch to J.P. Arencibia Davis stole third even though Jeff Keppinger was straddling second base. Sale struck out Arencibia and eventually struck out the side but not before Edwin Encarnacion singled Davis home with two out.
In the fifth, Sale hit Emilio Bonifacio in the back leg leading off, then made a wild pickoff attempt allowing Bonifacio to go from first to third. He scored on a chopper by Munenori Kawasaki that Dunn, playing in, misplayed on his backhand for an error.
Davis came up next and doubled to the left-center field wall, scoring Kawaski to make it 3-0.
Sox catcher Tyler Flowers doubled against Jays left Aaron Loup in the eighth to score Alexei Ramirez to account for the Sox only run.
Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo left the game in the eighth with an apparent injury to his left side.
Toronto’s Casey Janssen pitched a perfect ninth for the save.