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Blue Jays Blank White Sox

Yusei Kikuchi struck out eight batters over 5 2/3 innings, Bo Bichette hit a solo home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the slumping White Sox 8-0 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep, extending Chicago’s losing streak to seven.


Blue Jays outfielder George Springer left in the fourth, one inning after he was hit on the right hand by a pitch from White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech (0-3). X-rays did not reveal a fracture.


Cavan Biggio pinch hit for Springer but struck out to strand two runners.


Chicago has lost nine of 10 and 15 of 19. Things aren’t getting any easier for the White Sox, who host MLB-leading Tampa Bay in a four-game series beginning Thursday.


Chicago was blanked for the second-straight game and third time this season. The White Sox have three runs and 14 hits in their last four games.


Kikuchi (4-0) allowed four hits, all singles, and walked one in his third straight winning start. The left-hander has pitched at least six innings in all three of those victories. He has allowed more than one earned run only once in five starts in 2023.


Ten of the final 11 White Sox batters struck out, including Eloy Jiménez, who fanned four times.


White Sox outfielder Luis Robert Jr., who came in 1 for 21 on the road trip, hit a two-out single in the first but was thrown out at second after sliding past the bag.

Kopech allowed four runs and six hits in five innings.


Dylan Cease (2-0, 2.73) starts Thursday as Chicago returns home for a four-game series against the Rays. Tampa Bay has not named a starter.

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