By Gregor Chisholm and Alykhan Ravjiani
TORONTO -- Dioner Navarro got some revenge against his former team with a two-run triple in the top of the seventh inning, as the White Sox came out on top, 4-0, over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre. The win clinched a sweep for Chicago, which has now won six consecutive games.
Chicago and Toronto were locked into a tight pitchers' duel until the seventh, when Navarro broke the scoreless deadlock with a triple to the gap in right-center field. It was Navarro's fourth hit of the series and his fourth RBI against the team he spent the last two years with prior to signing with Chicago during the offseason.
Left-hander Jose Quintana picked up the victory for the White Sox after tossing six scoreless innings against one of the league's top lineups. Quintana scattered four hits and walked three while striking out a season-high 10, which was his highest tally since May 13, 2015, at Milwaukee.
"The front-door sinker was good, especially against the righties," Quintana said. "But all my stuff was good. They have a really good lineup, and I tried not to make any mistakes."
Marco Estrada was saddled with the tough-luck loss despite a strong night on the mound. He held Chicago scoreless through six and was one out away from escaping a jam in the seventh, before Navarro gave the White Sox the lead with one swing. Estrada was charged with three earned runs on three hits and four walks with five strikeouts.
"I felt it a little bit, but I don't want to come out of any game," Estrada said of possible fatigue in the seventh. "They gave me the opportunity to pitch my way out of it, and it just didn't go my way. I'm glad they trust me that much to stay out there and give them at least one more. But it just didn't go my way."
The Blue Jays once again struggled with runners in scoring position, going 0-for-8 in those situations while also stranding seven men on base.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Dioner time: After a 2-for-4 outing against his former team on Tuesday, Navarro broke the deadlock with a two-run triple off Estrada in the top of the seventh inning. Navarro took an 0-2 changeup into the right-center-field gap to bring home Melky Cabrera and Brett Lawrie. The triple was the fifth of Navarro's career, and his first since Sept. 27, 2012.
"Obviously, he caught me last year, he did a really good job with me," Estrada said. "I threw him a good changeup down and away, and he hit it. You just tip your hat. There's nothing else I could have done. I threw the ball exactly where I wanted it, he put a good swing on it. It's a good hitter."
Swing and a miss: Toronto's best opportunity to score came in the bottom of the third inning, when the Blue Jays had runners on first and second with one out, but then Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion each struck out to end the threat. Strikeouts have been a major problem for the Blue Jays this season with Wednesday's game marking the 11th time this year they reached double digits in that category. More >
Missed opportunity: After a 1-2-3 first inning, the White Sox put the first two men aboard to lead off the second, but they were unable to put a run on the board against Estrada. With Todd Frazier on first and Cabrera on second, Lawrie grounded into a double play and Avisail Garcia followed with a popup to second to end the threat. The inning began a stretch of 12 straight batters retired by Estrada, until he allowed a walk to Austin Jackson in the sixth.
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The Blue Jays were swept in a three-plus game series at home for the first time since Sept. 10-12, 2013, vs. the Angels. They are three games below .500 for the first time since June 6, 2015.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was ejected in the top of the seventh inning by home-plate umpire John Tumpane. Gibbons had been warned several times throughout the game by Tumpane for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout, and in the seventh, he was upset about a checked swing. Tumpane apparently had heard enough, as he loudly screamed, "You're out of here," to Gibbons, who then ran onto the field to protest.
"I said something to the third-base umpire about the check swing. To me, it looked like it was almost a full swing," Gibbons said. "The home-plate umpire hopped in, I think the third-base umpire can handle himself. That's what that was."
WHAT'S NEXT White Sox: Left-hander John Danks (0-3, 6.23 ERA) looks for his first win of the season when the White Sox open a four-game series against the Orioles at 6:05 p.m. CT at Camden Yards on Thursday. Danks pitched six innings and gave up two runs in his last start, a 3-2 loss against the Angels.
Blue Jays: Right-hander Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 3.33 ERA) will look to bounce back from his first rough start of the season, when the Blue Jays open a three-game road series against Tampa Bay on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. ET. Sanchez allowed six runs over 4 1/3 innings during his last outing vs. the A's, but he allowed just one run in each of his previous three starts.