CHICAGO (AP) — Dana Eveland allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to five games Thursday night by beating the Chicago White Sox 2-0.
Eveland (3-1) was in control throughout on a chilly 45-degree night and outdueled another lefty, John Danks (3-1). Eveland gave up a leadoff infield single to Juan Pierre in the first and single to Alexei Ramirez in the fourth, while walking four and striking out three.
Scott Downs pitched a spotless eighth. Chicago's Alex Rios got a double when Blue Jays shortstop Alex Gonzalez couldn't hold his high pop behind second with one out in the ninth, but Kevin Gregg then struck out Carlos Quentin and Ramirez to get his eighth saves in as many chances.
The Blue Jays broke through against Danks with one out in the fifth when John Buck singled, Travis Snider doubled into the right field corner and Freddy Lewis drove a two-run double into left center for a 2-0 lead.
Danks gave up eight hits and two runs in seven innings. Sergio Santos pitched a scoreless eighth for Chicago and the converted infielder has still not allowed a run in his first 12 appearances — a record for a White Sox pitcher starting his major league career, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
NOTES: Eveland also beat the White Sox at Toronto in April. ... Major league home run leader Paul Konerko of the White Sox was scratched with a sore neck but is expected back Friday. Konerko has 12 homers. ... Blue Jays DH Randy Ruiz rejoined the team after missing the previous series for personal reasons. ... A fan ran on the field in the bottom of the sixth but instead of leading security on a long chase, he slid down in shallow right center and surrendered. ... The Blue Jays are now 10-3 on the road. ... Rough night for Chicago second baseman Gordon Beckham, who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and also made two errors.