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Happ's pitching, Lind's bat help Jays cruise past White Sox

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Hammered for a season-high seven runs in a blowout loss at Cincinnati last week, Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ bounced back with his best start of the season.

Going up against the tired, scuffling Chicago White Sox didn't hurt.

Adam Lind had three hits and three RBI, Happ pitched a season-high 7 2/3 innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the White Sox 7-0 on Thursday night.

Hit hard in an 11-1 loss to the Reds on Saturday, Happ 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."

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.

"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 deflating, 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.

"That type of circumstance does wear on you, especially when you're playing back to back to back to back games, when you don't have an off day for two weeks," center fielder Adam Eaton 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.

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," White Sox infielder Gordon 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's high strikeout total was a good sign to Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.

"You could see them swinging through pitches and that's when you know he's on," Gibbons said of Happ. "He was fantastic tonight."

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.

Chicago lost 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.

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.

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 left hamstring Friday and hopes to return to the lineup this weekend. ... Blue Jays 2B Steve Tolleson, who missed Wednesday's game with blurred vision, was available again after getting new glasses. Tolleson, who came on as a defensive replacement in the seventh, said doctors blamed his problems on an allergic reaction to contact lenses. ... White Sox LH John Danks (6-6) faces Blue Jays RH R.A. Dickey (6-6) on Friday.

 
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J.A. Happ bounces back from a rough start against the Reds to muzzle the first-place Blue Jays.  (USATSI)
J.A. Happ bounces back from a rough start against the Reds to muzzle the first-place Blue Jays. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Happ
IP 7.2
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 8
Toronto

A. Lind
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF1000000 .283
   Leury Garcia, CF3000002 .220
Gordon Beckham, 2B3010110 .261
Jose Abreu, 1B4010013 .276
Dayan Viciedo, LF4000032 .244
Alexei Ramirez, SS4000021 .294
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4000010 .327
Paul Konerko, DH3000001 .211
Moises Sierra, RF3020011 .196
Adrian Nieto, C2000112 .250
Scott Carroll, P0000000 .000
   Eric Surkamp, P0000000 .000
   Andre Rienzo, P0000000 .000
Totals31040210  
Batting
2B - Gordon Beckham (15, Happ), Moises Sierra (3, Happ)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Leury Garcia (4, Throwing), Moises Sierra (2, Throwing)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Carroll (L,2-4) 5955240 4.76
Eric Surkamp 1.1011110 6.75
Andre Rienzo 1.2311110 5.85
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Carroll 91-60, Eric Surkamp 21-11, Andre Rienzo 44-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Carroll 5-5, Eric Surkamp 1-2, Andre Rienzo 3-1
Batters Faced - Scott Carroll 25, Eric Surkamp 5, Andre Rienzo 9
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5241000 .267
Melky Cabrera, LF3211201 .303
Adam Lind, DH5033013 .342
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4011014 .277
Dioner Navarro, C4010023 .275
Colby Rasmus, CF4000003 .228
Juan Francisco, 3B2100110 .235
   Steve Tolleson, 3B1000000 .225
Munenori Kawasaki, 2B4110011 .244
Anthony Gose, RF3110101 .237
J.A. Happ, P0000000 .000
   Dustin McGowan, P0000000 .000
   Chad Jenkins, P0000000 .000
Totals35712646  
Batting
2B - Adam Lind (14, Carroll), Edwin Encarnacion (20, Rienzo), Dioner Navarro (10, Carroll)
3B - Jose Reyes (3, Carroll)
RBI - Jose Reyes (22), Melky Cabrera (42), Adam Lind 3 (26), Edwin Encarnacion (64)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (5), Adam Lind 2 (10)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kawasaki-Reyes-Encarnacion
E - Munenori Kawasaki (3, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
J.A. Happ (W,7-4) 7.2400280 4.29
Dustin McGowan 0.1000000 3.86
Chad Jenkins 1000020 4.70
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 124-79, Dustin McGowan 2-2, Chad Jenkins 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 8-7, Chad Jenkins 1-0
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 29, Dustin McGowan 1, Chad Jenkins 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23248
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Brian Knight