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Toronbaserunner Brett Lawrie is tagged out by Sox first baseman Tyler Flowers while trying steal second base first inning Chicago

Toronto baserunner Brett Lawrie is tagged out by Sox first baseman Tyler Flowers while trying to steal second base in the first inning of the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays baseball game Wednesday June 6, 2012 at U.S. Cellular Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: July 8, 2012 7:02PM

White Sox reliever Will Ohman was stunned by Colby Rasmus’ ­reaction to getting hit by a pitch in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 4-0 victory against the White Sox on Wednesday night.

Rasmus, who had clubbed the Sox for five hits Tuesday before adding an RBI single for the Jays’ first run Wednesday, threw his bat down after Ohman hit him with an 0-2 pitch in the seventh. He had words for Ohman, who reacted by pointing to his head and mouthing “0-and-2.’’

“He must be a student of the game,’’ Ohman said. “If he’s learned that in his first four years, I dare say I’m interested to see what he learns in his next four.’’

The Sox have jawed with the Jays before. Last season in Toronto, left-hander John Danks gave Jose Bautista the business for carrying on and slamming his bat after popping up. Bautista gave it back.

In this case, the last thing the left-handed Ohman — who was brought in by manager Robin Ventura to face the left-handed hitting Rasmus — wanted was to load the bases for Bautista. Reliever Jesse Crain struck out Bautista to keep the score 2-0, but with no answer for Jays starter Brandon Morrow, none of the Ohman-Rasmus drama mattered in the end anyway.

What mattered most for the Sox was another good outing from Columbian rookie left-hander Jose Quintana, who held the Jays to two runs in six innings on Rasmus’ RBI single and Bautista’s 423-foot homer.

It’s too bad Quintana likely will have to return to the minors when John Danks comes off the disabled list soon. Quintana (1-1, 2.05 ERA) has been steady through 221/3 innings and gained the respect of teammates when he was ejected from his start against the Rays last week for protecting Sox hitters.

“It’s impressive,’’ Ventura said. “But again, we have some guys that are a little more mature than their age. He showed that when he first came up, and then every time he’s gone out he’s proved it.

“Q pitched great. He gave up a couple runs there, but he’s been impressive for us filling in for Johnny. Tonight, he just continued to prove he’s going to get another shot. He’s proved he can pitch up here.’’

Quintana did allow nine hits but worked out of trouble. He struck out one and walked one.

“I do feel I deserve to at least stay here until John comes back, but I’ll do as asked and try to do the best I can when I’m called upon,” Quintana said through a translator.

Ventura has said that struggling starters Gavin Floyd and Philip Humber will work through their problems in their roles, not the bullpen, so there would be no room for Quintana in the rotation when Danks returns. He also said Quintana would be better served starting in the minors than relieving in the majors.

As good as Quintana was, Morrow (7-3, 2.90) was better, throwing his third complete-game shutout of the season. He didn’t even need Rajai Davis’ insurance two-run homer in the ninth against Hector Santiago.

Morrow held a team that led the majors in runs, average and home runs in its previous 20 games to two singles by A.J. Pierzynski. He’s batting .385 in his last 20 games.

The Sox (31-25) have lost three of four after a nine-game winning streak. They lead the Cleveland Indians by a half-game in the American League Central.

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