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Dickey solid before leaving Jays' win over White Sox

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TORONTO -- R.A. Dickey's knuckleball was working so well, he figured he'd throw a complete game.

Those hopes ended when a tight muscle brought his outing to an early end.

Dickey threw six shutout innings before leaving with soreness in his neck and back, Rajai Davis had two hits and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Thursday.

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"There was no reason to push it," Dickey said of his soreness. "We had a lead and it had progressively gotten a little bit worse throughout the game."

Dickey (2-2) allowed two hits, both singles. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner walked one, struck out a season-high seven and lowered his ERA from 5.82 to 4.30.

"I had a knuckleball tonight where I would have thrown a complete game," Dickey said, "so it was unfortunate that (the injury) acted up on me."

White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers had never faced a knuckleballer before, and didn't fare well in his two at-bats against Dickey.

"For me it was kind of like someone turned off the lights every couple feet as it was coming to you," Flowers said. "It was moving that much, at least the ones to me were."

Dickey said his back first felt sore during his start at Kansas City last Saturday, but was able to pitch another 1 1/3 innings against the Royals.

"It got better over the course of the week, enough so that I felt comfortable taking the ball," he said. "Hopefully it will continue to get better in between these starts."

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called Dickey's start "outstanding," and said he didn't think the knuckler would have to miss any time.

"He's a tough guy," Gibbons said. "I'm sure we'll see him in five days."

Dickey said he was "optimistic" that he could make his next scheduled start, Tuesday at Baltimore, but was cautious about pushing himself.

"I just don't want it to linger for months," he said.

Dickey retired the first 11 White Sox batters before Alex Rios hit a two-out single to center in the fourth. Rios went to second on a wild pitch and Paul Konerko walked, but Adam Dunn struck out to end the inning.

Gibbons and Blue Jays trainer George Poulis came to the mound after Dickey struck out Dewayne Wise for the second out of the sixth. After a brief discussion, Dickey remained in the game, getting Jeff Keppinger to fly out to left.

Dickey appeared to be rubbing his upper back as he left the dugout and walked to the clubhouse at the end of the inning.

"I hadn't gotten up and sat down so many times since I first felt it, so it was just getting tighter and tighter," Dickey said.

Esmil Rogers pitched 1 1-3 innings, Aaron Loup got two outs and Casey Janssen finished for his fifth save.

Davis led off the first with a single and stole second and third on consecutive pitches before scoring on Edwin Encarnacion's two-out hit to left.

Toronto added two more runs in the fifth. Emilio Bonifacio was hit by a pitch and went to third on an errant pickoff throw by White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.

One out later, with the infield drawn in, Bonifacio scored when Dunn couldn't handle a grounder by Munenori Kawasaki. Davis followed with an RBI double.

The White Sox spoiled Toronto's shutout bid in the eighth. Alexei Ramirez chased Rogers with a one-out single and scored when Flowers hit a two-out double off Loup. Wise grounded out to end the threat.

Sale (1-2) gave up a career-high eight runs in his previous start on Sunday at Cleveland, but was sharper in this one. He allowed three runs, two earned, and four hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out six.

"He threw fine, gave up a couple hits here and there but stuff-wise he was good," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Against R.A. that's just tough luck, because he had it going."

Sale is 2-7 with a 5.83 ERA in his past nine road starts going back to last season.

"It's early in the season but it was a game we really needed against one of the top pitchers in baseball," Gibbons said. "A win does wonders. I don't care what time of year it is."

White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo left in the eighth with a strained muscle in his left side, suffered when he swung and missed on a pitch from Rogers. He'll be evaluated Friday when the team returns to Chicago to begin a three-game series with Minnesota.

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista missed his fourth straight game with a sore back. Gibbons said Bautista is "showing progress" and could return Friday against the New York Yankees.

Notes

  • Toronto RHP Sergio Santos will not throw for seven days after an MRI confirmed a strained muscle in his throwing arm. Santos was placed on the 15-day DL Monday, retroactive to April 14.
  • White Sox OF Alejandro De Aza got the day off.
  • Attendance was 18,015.
 
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Munenori Kawasaki comes around to score on Rajai Davis' RBI double in the fifth in Toronto's 3-1 win over Chicago. (Getty Images)
Munenori Kawasaki comes around to score on Rajai Davis' RBI double in the fifth in Toronto's 3-1 win over Chicago. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Toronto

R. Davis
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Chicago

T. Flowers
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dewayne Wise, CF-LF4000021 .154
Jeff Keppinger, 2B-3B4000010 .172
Alex Rios, RF4010000 .344
Paul Konerko, DH3000110 .241
Adam Dunn, 1B3000012 .105
Dayan Viciedo, LF2010010 .229
   a- Jordan Danks, PH-CF1000010 .500
Alexei Ramirez, SS3110001 .327
Conor Gillaspie, 3B2000000 .364
   b- Tyler Greene, PH-2B1000001 .375
Tyler Flowers, C3011010 .205
Totals3014118  
a-struck out for Viciedo in the 8th
b-flied out for Gillaspie in the 8th
Batting
2B - Tyler Flowers (3, Loup)
RBI - Tyler Flowers (7)
2-OUT RBI - Tyler Flowers (4)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Keppinger-Dunn
E - Adam Dunn (1, Misplayed grounder), Chris Sale (1, Throwing)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Sale (L,1-2) 7432160 4.50
Nate Jones 1000010 4.50
HBP - Bonifacio (by Chris Sale)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 103-68, Nate Jones 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 10-4, Nate Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 26, Nate Jones 3
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rajai Davis, RF4121000 .281
Melky Cabrera, LF4000030 .242
J.P. Arencibia, DH3000021 .237
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B3011000 .237
Brett Lawrie, 3B3000021 .000
Maicer Izturis, 2B3010000 .174
Emilio Bonifacio, CF1100100 .196
    Colby Rasmus, CF0000000 .239
Henry Blanco, C3000002 .100
Munenori Kawasaki, SS3101001 .286
Totals2734317  
Batting
2B - Rajai Davis (3, Sale)
RBI - Rajai Davis (1), Edwin Encarnacion (7), Munenori Kawasaki (2)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (4)
SB - Rajai Davis 2 (4, 2nd base off Sale/Flowers, 3rd base off Sale/Flowers), Edwin Encarnacion (1, 2nd base off Sale/Flowers)
PK - Rajai Davis (1, Sale)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Kawasaki-Izturis-Encarnacion
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey (W,2-2) 6200170 4.30
Esmil Rogers (H,3) 1.1111010 4.32
Aaron Loup (H,3) 0.2100000 2.16
Casey Janssen (S,5) 1000000 1.50
WP - R.A. Dickey (2)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 60-44, Esmil Rogers 24-17, Aaron Loup 13-9, Casey Janssen 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 4-6, Esmil Rogers 2-1, Aaron Loup 1-1, Casey Janssen 1-2
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 20, Esmil Rogers 5, Aaron Loup 3, Casey Janssen 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18015
Game Time - 2:10
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Jeff Nelson