Third to first

Third to first

• Alex Rios was ejected during the ninth inning of Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Cardinals by first-base umpire Jeff Nelson. Rios was ejected after he returned to the dugout following a flyout to center.

• Dunn launched a three-run homer in his return to the starting lineup in left field. Dunn rolled his right ankle on an eighth-inning homer in Tuesday's victory and was limited to an eighth-inning pinch-hitting role during Wednesday's loss. But he felt good enough to test his less painful but heavily taped ankle.

"After the way he jogged down the first-base line [Wednesday], he had to lobby his way in. He did some sprints down the hallway," said a smiling Ventura. "He's fine."

• White Sox starters are 6-2 with a 2.12 ERA and a .214 opponents' average against over their last 10 road starts. The White Sox lead the Majors with a 2.95 road ERA.