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Sox struggles at the plate and in the field continue

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The White Sox hitting woes continued Monday, garnering only four hits off Cleveland starter Justin Masterson (4-1) in a 3-2 loss.
But it was defense that ultimately cost them the game in the eighth when a Matt Thornton (0-1) pickoff throw to second went awry, leading the way to two runs.
``Until you clean it up, you're going to lose games,'' manager Robin Ventura said. ``It's that simple.''
Thornton's pickoff throw attempting to get Drew Stubbs at second was the13th in 19 games.
``You make that one mistake and at this level, it will hurt you,'' Ventura said. ``You can work on it [in drills] but you have to execute it.''
The Sox were without a hit in the sixth, seventh and eighth before Conor Gillaspie singled in the ninth off Chris Perez (third save).
The Sox led 2-1 until the eighth, their runs coming on Gillaspie's first homer of the season and an RBI double by Hector Gimenez in the fourth.
Gimenez left the game in the seventh after being hit by a pitch in the left shin but was okay after the game.
``It's fine. I'll be ready to play,'' he said.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Sox, who are in the American League Central cellar.
``It's a little frustrating, but we need to come with a positive attitude every day and be ready to work,'' Gimenez said.
``It's just unfortunate we're in a little bit of a rut,'' said starter Dylan Axelrod, who allowed only three hits through six innings. ``We'll turn it around. It's baseball. It happens.'

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