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TORONTO -- J.A. Happ changed his mindset Thursday night after giving up seven earned runs in his previous appearance. The Toronto left-hander decided to pitch "a little angry" against Chicago and it led to his best start of the season. Happ, who had a season-high eight strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings, combined with two relievers on a four-hit shutout as the Blue Jays blanked the White Sox 7-0 to kick off a four-game series. "He had that good life on his fastball and you could see them swinging through some pitches," said Toronto manager John Gibbons. "Thats when you know hes on." It was a strong bounceback performance by Happ after he lasted just four innings in an 8-0 loss to Cincinnati last week. He originally planned to forget about that start, but it was on his mind as he took the mound on a glorious summer evening at Rogers Centre. "I did pitch a little upset, a little angry tonight at myself," Happ said. "So that helped just trying to be in the zone, trying not to let those kind of games happen (again)." Happ walked a pair and threw 79 of his 124 pitches for strikes. Dustin McGowan and Chad Jenkins completed the shutout as Toronto (45-36) moved two games ahead of the idle Baltimore Orioles in the American League East. It capped an impressive first half of the season for the Blue Jays, who lead the American League with 35 victories from their starters. "Weve played some good baseball and really we deserve to be where were at, to tell you the truth," Gibbons said. Jose Reyes had four hits and Adam Lind drove in three runs as Toronto outhit Chicago 12-4. The stumbling White Sox (36-44) have lost seven of their last eight games and dropped 10 of 11 on the road. "That game just smelled right from the start," said Chicago manager Robin Ventura. "We didnt play very well, didnt hit very well, didnt play defence very well and it showed." The Blue Jays gave Happ an early lead after Reyes and Cabrera reached on back-to-back infield singles in the first inning off Scott Carroll (2-4). Lind drove a ball into the right-field corner that easily scored Reyes from second base. The throw from former Blue Jays outfielder Moises Sierra was between home plate and third base, allowing Cabrera to score on the error. Reyes tripled in the second inning to bring home Juan Francisco, who reached on a walk. Reyes drove the ball off the top of the wall in right-centre field and it bounced high in the air and back onto the field. The play was reviewed to see if it should have been a home run but the call was upheld. Toronto started to pull away in the fourth inning as Lind drove in Reyes and Anthony Gose with a single. Lind finished with three hits to bump his average up to .342. "Against right-handed pitchers, I mean whos been better in baseball, really?" Gibbons said. "I dont think anybody has. Lind really fits that three-hole mode. Hes got great discipline, hes kind of a pure hitter." Dioner Navarro put a charge into the crowd of 23,248 in the fifth when he hit a drive to the warning track in left-centre field. Left-fielder Dayan Viciedo flubbed the catch attempt and centre-fielder Leury Garcias throw to second base was wide. Navarro ran to third when the ball rolled into foul territory and actually got the wave home -- a stunning decision by third-base coach Luis Rivera given that the Toronto catcher is probably the slowest player on the team. Abreu threw the ball home in plenty of time for Adrian Nieto to apply the tag. Gibbons joked that Navarro might not be able to play for two weeks now after that long run around the bases. "Ill kill Luis if he sends me again, but Im ready to play tomorrow," Navarro said with a laugh. Carroll gave up nine hits, five earned runs and two walks over five innings. He had four strikeouts. Notes: White Sox centre-fielder Adam Eaton left the game in the first inning due to cramping in his left leg. He was replaced by Garcia. ... Steve Tolleson replaced Francisco at third base in the seventh inning. Tolleson had been bothered by blurry vision of late but the problem was corrected after a visit to the eye doctor earlier in the day. ... Tolleson was called out on a close play at first base in the eighth inning. After a long review of nearly 3 1/2 minutes, the call stood. ... Jose Abreu singled in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. ... The game took exactly three hours to play. ... Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista continues to make progress in his recovery from a mild hamstring strain. Theres a chance he could return to the lineup on the weekend. ... Toronto has held sole possession of first place for 35 straight days. ... Before the game, the White Sox designated former Blue Jays left-hander Scott Downs for assignment and recalled southpaw Eric Surkamp from triple-A Charlotte. ... Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (6-6, 4.04 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday night against Chicagos John Danks (6-6, 4.34). ... The Blue Jays get an off-day Monday before closing out their nine-game homestand with a two-game mini-series against the Milwaukee Brewers. Lyle Alzado Jersey . -- Mixed martial arts fighter Cristiane Justino Santos has been suspended and fined for testing positive for steroids. Karl Joseph Jersey . In the days leading up to the draft, TSN.ca and TSN Radio basketball analyst Duane Watson looks at some of the names that will be headlining the event. Tonight, Michigans Nik Stauskas of Mississauga, Ontario. http://www.authenticraidersfansclub.com ... th-Jersey/. 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Ryan was selected by Anaheim with the second overall pick of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and became a highly-productive member of the franchise before being traded to Ottawa over the summer. Ryan could be facing an icy reception from Ducks fans on Sunday, but the talented winger appears to be taking it all in stride. "Im not sure," Ryan told the Senators official web site when asked what to expect on Sunday. "Itll be an emotional day. I spent six years there. Lot of friends and family in the area, so itll be an emotional day. But, hopefully, Ill be well received. Who knows?" The 26-year-old Ryan, who scored 30 or more goals four times during his time with the Ducks, was acquired on July 5 by the Senators for forwards Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and a first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Ryan has two goals and two assists in his first four games with Ottawa. Silfverberg, meanwhile, already has four goals and an assist in four games with the Ducks. In fact, the 22-year-old winger is coming off a big game for Anaheim, as he scored twice to help lead the Ducks to Thursdays 6-0 rout of the visiting New York Rangers. "He just goes out and plays," Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau said of Silfverberg. "Hes a quiet guy and he does what he does. Hes a good enough player that he has some success." Daniel Winnik and Dustin Penner each posted a goal and an assist on Thursday, while Saku Kooivu and Ryan Getzlaf scored for the Ducks, who were playing their first home game of the season and have won three straight since losing to Colorado to start the year.dddddddddddd Jonas Hiller stopped 34 shots for his first shutout of the season in Thursdays win, which kicked off a five-game road trip. The Ducks enter Sunday facing a rash of injuries, as forwards Nick Bonino, Kyle Palmieri, Dustin Penner and Mathieu Perreault are all questionable for tonights game with various ailments. Anaheim has won two straight and five of its last six meetings against the Senators, who have dropped two of their last three games at the Honda Center. Ottawa is opening the season on a six-game road trip and has lost three straight after beginning the swing with a 1-0 victory in Buffalo. The Sens were in action Saturday in San Jose and dropped a 3-2 decision to the Sharks. Brent Burns buried the game-winner 7:08 into the third period, as San Jose handed Ottawa its first regulation loss of the season. Ryan and Zack Smith notched a goal apiece for the Senators, who received 47 saves from Robin Lehner in the loss. "Robin played real good," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "We just cant continue to take penalties, especially the undisciplined kind, the ones we are taking. You cant expect the goalie to keep killing them off." Senators No. 1 goaltender Craig Anderson expects to get the start on Sunday. 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