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Jeff Samardzija allows 4 hits and White Sox shut out Blue Jays 2-0

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CHICAGO — kept the Chicago White Sox on a roll.

Samardzija had a four-hitter, homered and the White Sox shut out the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0.

The White Sox have won seven of nine and are starting to look like the team many thought would contend for a playoff spot this season.

"If we go out and do our job, we know what the outcome is gonna be," Samardzija said. "If we don't, and we don't have a strong last couple weeks of the month, we know what results gonna be, too.

"It's in our hands here in the clubhouse and we need to take care of it."

Samardzija (6-4) took care of things against the high-powered Toronto offense. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning for a second straight game. It was his first complete game of the season. He struck out slugger to end the 2 hour, 15-minute game and threw 108 pitches.

"He's got a good, overpowering, live fastball and he's got a great slider," Blue Jays manager said. "He threw the slider behind in the count and the good ones can do that. He's easily one of the most sought-after guys out there."

Samardzija, the subject of trade rumors as the deadline approaches, has pitched at least seven innings in seven straight starts, but Thursday was the first time during that stretch he was able to get through the eighth inning. He had just one win during that span before Thursday.

"He was sharp, he was aggressive in the zone," Chicago manager said. "His competitiveness is always there. That's probably the biggest thing that sticks out when you watch him pitch, emotionally and everything else."

Toronto's (3-10) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings.

Samardzija took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before singled to right field with one out.

The next batter, , hit a weak grounder to left side of the infield. Third baseman , who was playing in, tried to cut the ball off, but ended up deflecting it past shortstop into left field.

Goins advanced to third on the play. Samardzija got All-Star to ground into an inning-ending double play.

The White Sox took the lead in the bottom of the sixth. led off with a triple and later scored on a passed ball as catcher missed Dickey's knuckleball.

Cabrera then made it 2-0 with a solo shot into the right-field bullpen.

GOOD NUMBERS

was the designated hitter on Thursday and went 2 for 4. He entered with a .333 average and a .935 OPS in 18 games at DH this season. By contrast, entered Thursday batting .291 as a first baseman and .199 as a DH.

Abreu, though, made it clear he doesn't like to DH. "I have to thank God for the good results in the DH because that is a position I don't like," he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM:

White Sox: Shortstop didn't start after fouling a ball off his left foot on Wednesday night. "He seems like he's OK," Ventura said.

UP NEXT:

Blue Jays: They head to Kansas City for a weekend series with the Royals. RHP (6-4, 3.59 ERA) starts the opener on Friday against LHP (2-4, 5.14). Estrada is 5-1 with a 3.29 ERA in his past seven starts.

White Sox: Their final series before the All-Star break is a crosstown matchup with the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Rookie LHP (3-2, 4.18 ERA) starts the opener on Friday against RHP (4-4, 3.82). Rodon is limiting left-handed batters to a .209 average with no homers and 24 strikeouts.

PHOTO: Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) reacts to throwing a complete game during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Chicago, on Thursday, July 9, 2015. The White Sox won the game 2-0.  (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) reacts to throwing a complete game during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Chicago, on Thursday, July 9, 2015. The White Sox won the game 2-0. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

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PHOTO: Chicago White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) celebrates his solo homerun against the Toronto Blue Jays with Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura, right, during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, on Thursday, July 9, 2015.  (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)
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