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CHICAGO (AP) – Brandon Morrow pitched a two-hitter for his third shutout of the season, and Jose Bautista and Rajai Davis homered Wednesday night as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 4-0.
Morrow (7-3) allowed singles in the second and the eighth to A.J. Pierzynski and retired 14 straight at one point. He gave up his only two walks in the ninth, to Adam Dunn and Alejandro De Aza, and struck out five, including Dayan Viciedo to end it.
Morrow showed no adverse effects a week after his right shin was bruised by a line drive a week ago. In that game, he had to be helped off the field in the seventh inning after being hit by a shot off the bat of Baltimore’s Wilson Betemit.
White Sox star Paul Konerko sat out a second straight game after having a bone chip flushed out of a joint in his left wrist and has now missed three in a row overall after having the day off to rest last Sunday. Konerko said he hopes to play Thursday night when the White Sox try to avoid a three-game sweep.
Chicago starter Jose Quintana (1-1) gave up nine hits and two runs in six innings. He was making his first start since being ejected in the fourth inning against the Rays a week ago for throwing behind Ben Zobrist.
The Blue Jays snapped a scoreless tie in the fifth when Davis just beat a throw to first as the White Sox were trying to turn a double play. He stole second and scored when Colby Rasmus — who was 5-for-5 in the series opener– lined an RBI single to left before being thrown out trying to stretch.
Leading off the sixth, Bautista hit a 3-2 pitch halfway up the left field bleachers for his 15th homer of the season to give Morrow had a two-run cushion. Davis added a two-run shot in the ninth, his fourth of the season, off Hector Santiago.
NOTES: Chicago backup catcher Tyler Flowers replaced Konerko at first. He started two games there last season. … White Sox LHP John Danks (strained left shoulder) threw a pain-free bullpen session of 30 to 40 pitches and said he’ll probably pitch one rehab game next week before coming off the DL and returning to the rotation. … Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion (right wrist) remained out of the lineup for the second consecutive game. He was hit in the wrist in the second inning on Sunday and left the game in the fifth. …Yan Gomes was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and put in the lineup at first base. It is his second stint with Toronto this season. He was robbed of a hit in the second inning on a diving stab by White Sox third baseman Orlando Hudson.
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