Chris Sale's gem leads White Sox over Blue Jays for 5th straight win
Edwin Encarnacion earns 200th career homer for Toronto
R.A. Dickey can't wait for May.
Up against a formidable foe in White Sox ace Chris Sale, the right-hander allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings Tuesday night as the Toronto Blue Jays lost 10-1, their fifth straight loss to Chicago.
"It's really frustrating, in particular because you know you're facing a guy where the margin of error is slim," said Dickey, whose 6.75 ERA is a career high for the first month of the season. "It's tough. I've got to find a way to arrest those big innings. I'm thankful April is over, let's put it that way."
The knuckleballer is winless in his last four outings and dropped to 2-6 in 12 career games against Chicago. Dickey has allowed three or more runs in each of his five starts this season.
"He had a tough draw tonight, that's pretty simple right there," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "But it will turn for him, it will turn for the whole team. We still have confidence in ourselves, we'll get it going."
Sale (5-0) certainly did, pitching eight commanding innings. He leads the majors in wins and has a 1.66 ERA.
Sale carried a one-hitter into the seventh inning, retiring 13 straight batters before Edwin Encarnacion homered. Sale gave up four hits in eight innings, striking out six and walking two.
Sale said that while he was mindful of the power contained in the Blue Jays lineup, he just focused on the fundamentals. Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion came into the game hitting a combined .405 against lefties.
"Those guys will catch up to anybody. No matter how hard you throw it in there they can hit it, so it was more about just trying to find locations," Sale said.
The White Sox set season highs with three home runs, 15 hits and 10 runs.
"We haven't put a complete game together like that so it was kind of overdue," said Adam Eaton, who had one of the three homers along with Dioner Navarro and Avasail Garcia.
It was Garcia who started the scoring in the third inning with his third home run, a drive that smacked the facing of the second level beyond the center-field wall.
The White Sox broke it open with three runs in the fifth. They chased Dickey in the seventh, with Navarro homering against his former team.
Encarnacion hit his third home run of the season, and 200th as a Blue Jay, into the fan deck on the second level above the center-field fence in the seventh inning. Encarnacion is just the sixth player to reach the mark as a Blue Jay.