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Lance Lynn’s 1-hit, 11-strikeout effort is wasted as Chicago White Sox lose 6-2 in 11 innings to open doubleheader – The Denver Post

Lance Lynn was locked out in Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Chicago White Sox starter allowed one hit while striking out 11 in seven scoreless innings.

It was his best outing since scoring a team-high 16 strikeouts against the Seattle Mariners on June 18 at T-Mobile Park.

The Sox lost that one. And they suffered a similar fate on Thursday, losing 6-2 in 11 innings.

Sox pitchers totaled 17 strikeouts, but the Blue Jays broke through in a big way at 11th.

The match went scoreless at the start of the inning. Danny Jansen hit a field single, giving the Blue Jays runners first and third with one out against reliever Aaron Bummer.

George Springer scored a single to center against the drawn infield, driving home the game’s first run. Bo Bichette had an RBI single that made its way between first baseman Andrew Vaughn and second baseman Elvis Andrus. Another run scored on a bunt single by Daulton Varsho.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made it 4-0 with an RBI single. Cavan Biggio brought home two more with a brace against Bryan Shaw.

Oscar Colás and Vaughn had RBI hits in 11th for the Sox.

“A few balls that found the holes,” Sox manager Pedro Grifol said of the 11th. “Offensively, we didn’t do anything the whole game.

“It’s going to happen to Bummer, just because he’s a ground ball thrower and they found some holes. (Lynn) was just outstanding.

Lynn was long gone by the time the match was decided.

He allowed a hit, walked one and hit a batter while throwing 102 pitches. The hit was a Springer single in the third.

Lynn went three rounds with at least two punches, including a strike to the side in the second.

“Overall, if you look at the ERA and the wins and losses, it was the worst first half of my career,” Lynn said, “but hitting guys at an elite pace. I have to just figure out how to get it to start after the start and keep building from there and have no more breakages.

Blue Jays starter José Berríos was equally snappy, allowing one hit with six strikeouts and one walk in seven innings. The only hit against Berríos was a two-out single from Andrus in the third.

The strong pitching continued with the relievers.

Gregory Santos, Kendall Graveman and Reynaldo López each pitched no-hitter innings for the Sox. Graveman struck out two in the ninth, and López worked around a two-out walk and struck out three in the 10th.

Blue Jays reliever Trevor Richards struck out four in two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, one infield single to Gavin Sheets in the eighth.

The Blue Jays intentionally walked Luis Robert Jr. at 10th, giving the Sox runners first and second with no outs. Jordan Romano eliminated Eloy Jiménez and Yasmani Grandal. Jake Burger came out second.

The Blue Jays made the most of their chances in the 11th, dropping all 14 White Sox games below .500 (37-51).

White Sox place Joe Kelly in IL

Prior to the doubleheader, the Sox placed reliever Joe Kelly on the 15-day injured list with an inflamed right elbow. The move is retroactive to Wednesday.

Kelly is 1-4 with a 4.82 ERA, one save, 10 strikes and 37 strikeouts in 29 relief appearances. He allowed Guerrero a two-run homer in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

“He didn’t feel so good (after Tuesday’s game),” manager Pedro Grifol said ahead of Thursday’s games. “We’ll have him back for the (New York) Mets series (which starts July 18).

“The only thing I can say is that he will rest, regroup. There is nothing really alarming or disturbing. He’s just going to take a break.

Kelly, who was on the IL from April 9-24 with a sprained right groin, went on a 10-game scoreless streak from April 30-May 23.

“The last time he did that he went four weeks without dropping a race,” Grifol said. “So hopefully it will be again.”

In the corresponding move, the Sox recalled pitcher Nick Padilla from Triple-A Charlotte. He allowed two runs with five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings in two games in three previous stints with the Sox.


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