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Flowers, Quintana lead Sox past Jays 7-0

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TORONTO -- Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer, and Alex Rios cranked out a long solo shot to support the rock-solid pitching from left-hander Jose Quintana as the White Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 7-0 for their second straight victory on Wednesday night.

Quintana (1-0) pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings as the Sox also won for the third time in their last four games. Sox lety Chris Sale pitches against the Jays' R.A Dickey on Thursday night with a chance to even the Sox' record at .500 and give them a 4-6 road trip after an 0-5 start.

Jesse Crain pitched 1 1/3 innings and Donnie Veal pitched the ninth as the Sox shut out the Jays in Toronto for the first time since June 1, 2007.

Flowers hit a 421-foot shot to right-center field his first at-bat against lefty J.A. Happ, the blast coming on the heels of a 1-for-28 slump. He was benched in favor of switch-hitting Hector Gimenez Tuesday and went to work with hitting coach Jeff Manto, opening his stance slightly. He also singled and scored a run in the seventh, finishing the night at 2-for-4.

"For him it's just trying to get more comfortable,'' manager Robin Ventura said before the game. "He's opened up a little bit just to clear himself. It's just more of him trying to find the comfort in being able to survive and do the things you need to do [as an everyday player].''

Rios' homer leading off the sixth, also against Happ, carried 438 feet. It gave the Sox a 5-0 lead.

The Sox scored their fourth run in the fourth inning when Paul Konerko doubled leading off and scored on a two-out double by Alexei Ramirez (2-for-3). Konerko is on a five-game hitting streak.

Jeff Keppinger and Konerko hit sacrifice flies in the seventh, extending the Sox lead to 7-0.

The Jays were again without slugger Jose Bautista, who has missed the entire series with a stiff back.

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