TORONTO — Before the slumping White Sox faced the Blue Jays, Chicago manager Robin Ventura said his team had to start playing "cleaner and better."
It did not work out so well Monday night.
The White Sox managed just four singles against Drew Hutchison in a 5-0 loss at Toronto.
Shortstop Alexei Ramirez failed to get an out at second on a potential double play in the first inning, and it proved costly when Toronto jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
"It should be turned," Ventura said of the missed double play. "It wasn't and it ends up hurting you."
The White Sox came in batting .196 in their previous seven games and then struggled against Hutchison, who threw 96 pitches in his second career shutout.
"He was good," Ventura said. "He knew we were hurting. Once we got down by that many runs he was pumping strikes."
Hutchison (4-1) struck out eight and walked none. He also snapped Toronto's 10-game streak of allowing at least one home run.
"I did a good job of getting ahead and had a really good sinker tonight," Hutchison said.
Smoak hit a two-run homer in the first and Donaldson had a solo drive in the second as the Blue Jays won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak from May 6-9.
The loss in the opener of a season-long, 11-game trip stopped a five-game road win streak for the White Sox. Chicago has dropped six of seven overall.
"We weren't very good offensively, we weren't good defensively," Ventura said.
Noesi (0-4) allowed five runs and five hits in a season-high seven innings. The White Sox have lost all seven games Noesi has pitched in this season.
"We just have to try to put everything together to get back on track," Noesi said.
Noesi was in trouble right from the first batter, with Jose Reyes hitting a leadoff double in his return from the 15-day disabled list.
Donaldson walked and Edwin Encarnacion hit a grounder to second, but Ramirez failed to touch second base as he tried to start a double play, leaving runners at second and third.
Chris Colabello hit a two-run single and Smoak followed with a drive to right for his first homer since April 24.
It was the 18th time this season Toronto has scored four or more runs in an inning, more than any other major league team. The Blue Jays did it twice in Sunday's 8-2 win over Seattle.
Noesi settled down and retired the next 10 batters before Russell Martin's leadoff walk in the sixth. Martin was promptly erased on Colabello's double-play grounder.
The game lasted just 2 hours, 10 minutes.
"The only thing really good about the game was it was fast," Ventura said. "That was it."
HAWK STAYS HOME
Longtime White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson is missing this 11-game road trip because of a minor surgical procedure. Chicago Bulls broadcaster Chuck Swirsky is filling in.
White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia left in the second inning with a recurrence of soreness in his right knee. He was replaced by J.B. Shuck. Garcia returned to the lineup Sunday after sitting out the previous two games. "Everything was good with him at first and then I saw him limping," Ventura said.
Blue Jays: Jose Bautista was out of the lineup for a second straight day after getting a cortisone shot in his strained right shoulder Sunday. The slugger hopes to play again Tuesday.
White Sox: LHP John Danks (2-4, 5.11 ERA) has won just once in his past four starts. He is 2-3 with a 6.67 ERA in six career starts north of the border.
Blue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey (2-5, 5.49 ERA) got a complete-game victory over the Angels in his previous start, winning for the first time in three outings. He is 2-4 with an 8.10 ERA in nine career games against the White Sox.