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White Sox waste Dylan Axelrod’s gem in loss to A’s

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod throws OaklAthletics during first inning baseball game Friday May 31 2013 OaklCalif. (AP

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod throws to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game on Friday, May 31, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Updated: June 1, 2013 12:11AM

OAKLAND, Calif. — Dylan Axelrod couldn’t have done much more in his 11th and best start of the White Sox’ frustrating season.

The right-hander stood toe-to-toe with Oakland Athletics veteran Bartolo Colon on Friday night, retiring 21 of 23 hitters before John Jaso and Josh Reddick got to him with back-to-back doubles to open the eighth inning, breaking a scoreless tie and sending the Sox to a 3-0 loss.

The loss was the Sox’ fourth in a row, following three against the Cubs and dropping them to four games below .500.

There was little blame for Axelrod (3-4), who lowered his ERA to 4.04 while watching his personal three-game winning streak halted. Axelrod allowed four hits in seven-plus innings, striking out a season-high seven and walking none.

Coco Crisp’s two-run single in the eighth against Jesse Crain made it 3-0. One of those runs was charged to Axelrod, the other to Matt Thornton.

Colon improved to 6-2.

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