The Sports Xchange

By Larry Millson, The Sports Xchange

EditorsNote: makes fix in 20th graph Blue Jays' Happ much happier after win

TORONTO -- J.A. Happ was upset with his poor outing last Saturday in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

He took it out on the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night, pitching 7 2/3 innings as the Toronto Blue Jays opened the four-game series with a 7-0 victory.

It was quite a contrast to the outing in Cincinnati, where he allowed eight runs (seven earned) in four innings of an 8-0 loss.

The left-hander said the goal was to "stay aggressive" against the White Sox.

"I put (the start in Cincinnati) behind me, but I did pitch a little upset, a little angry at myself tonight. That helps," Happ said. "(He told himself) be aggressive and don't let it happen again. It might, but hopefully not."

Happ (7-4) held the White Sox (36-44) to four hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings.

The left-hander struck out eight in the opener of a four-game series as designated hitter Adam Lind drove had three hits and three RBIs and shortstop Jose Reyes had four hits, including an RBI triple.

"(Happ) used his fastball real well," White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham said. "He was able to spot it away and show it in, so it kind of kept guys off balance a little bit. He had some good life on his fastball. 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."

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said, "I think the key is when he gets in the zone. He had a pretty good changeup tonight and he threw his breaking ball over, and that's the key for anybody.

"He had good life on his fastball, you could see them swinging through pitches and that's when you know he's on. He was fantastic."

White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu singled in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to a season-best 11 games. Chicago right fielder Moises Sierra, who began the season with the Blue Jays, was 2-for-3 with a double.

White Sox starter Scott Carroll (2-4) allowed nine hits, two walks and five runs in five innings. The right-hander struck out four.

The Blue Jays (45-36), who scored two in the first and two in the fourth to build a 5-0 lead, added a run in the seventh that was charged to reliever Eric Surkamp.

The left-hander, just called up from Triple-A Charlotte, walked Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera. Right-hander Andre Rienzo took over and gave up an RBI double to first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

Happ left with two out in the eighth after he walked Beckham. Reliever Dustin McGowan came in to retire Abreu.

Cabrera drove in a run in the eighth with a groundout to first after the Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out against Rienzo. Second baseman Munenori Kawasaki singled, right fielder Anthony Gose walked and Reyes singled.