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June 30, 2014

Sox blank Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) — Jose Quintana and two relievers gave the Chicago White Sox something they hadn’t had all year: a shutout.

Quintana won back-to-back starts for the first time this season, Moises Sierra homered and the White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 Sunday for their third straight win.

Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI single as the White Sox posted their first shutout of the season in their 83rd game and won three straight for the first time since May 26-28 against Cleveland.

“It starts off with Q,” manager Robin Ventura said. “He threw great. He was attacking the zone. If he can get ahead and stay there, and mix speeds like he did today, he’s tough.”

Quintana (5-7) allowed three hits in seven innings, improving to 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA in six starts against the Blue Jays. He walked two and struck out seven.

“Today the big pitch was the ability to throw effective off speed pitches early to get ahead,” catcher Tyler Flowers said. “His slider-slurve thing, he had a really good feel for that.”

Eric Surkamp worked the eighth and Jake Petricka finished.

“A nice win all the way around,” Ventura said as his team ended a season-long 11-game road trip on a high after losing seven of the first eight.

The AL East-leading Blue Jays were blanked for the fifth time this season. Four of those have come in the past 22 games.

“I thought we were definitely flat today,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “I haven’t seen that all year.”

Toronto went 12-15 in June after going 21-9 in May.

“Since our big streak, we’ve cooled off quite a bit,” Gibbons said. “We need to get going.”

Facing his former team for the second time, Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle (10-5) lost for the fourth time in five starts, allowing two runs and six hits in eight innings. He walked two and struck out five.

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