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White Sox’ bats still cold, but defense costly in 3-2 loss to Indians

Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod works first inning Chicago White Sox-ClevelIndians game Monday April 22 2013 US Cellular Field. |

Sox starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod works in the first inning of the Chicago White Sox-Cleveland Indians game Monday April 22, 2013 at US Cellular Field. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: April 23, 2013 12:09AM

The White Sox’ bats remained cold Monday, mustering only five hits in a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.

But it was the defense that ultimately cost the Sox the game. In the eighth inning, Matt Thornton (0-1) tried to pick off Drew Stubbs at second base, but his throw went into center field. Stubbs and Michael Brantley advanced, and they scored on Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-out single.

The Sox have 13 errors in 19 games. They’ve lost four in a row.

‘‘Until you clean it up, you’re going to lose games,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘It’s that simple. You make that one mistake, and at this level, it will hurt you. You can work on it [in drills], but you have to execute it.’’

That erased a potential victory for Sox starter Dylan Axelrod, who limited the Indians to three hits in six innings.

Conor Gillaspie hit his first home run of the season in the second, and Hector Gimenez drove in Alexei Ramirez with a double in the fourth for the Sox’ runs.

Armchair helper

Second baseman Gordon Beckham spent a lot of time watching his teammates on TV after the surgery on the hamate bone in his left hand.

‘‘It’s tough watching and listening [because] there’s nothing you can do about it,’’ he said. ‘‘You obviously want to be playing.’’

Beckham tried being a scout, of sorts.

‘‘I’m paying attention to some stuff I can try to help out [with], like look at the other pitcher and see what he’s doing,’’ he said. ‘‘But just to keep my head in it, that’s the most important thing for me, and continuing to watch at-bats and have simulated at-bats in my head. Keeping my head in it is going to help the transition.’’

Beckham would like to be back in four weeks, but the likelihood is six weeks.

‘‘It’s frustrating because my body feels fine,’’ he said Monday. ‘‘I’m walking around and doing everything, but probably picking up a bat would not be good, obviously. But I’m going to do everything that the guys are doing. I’m going to run around in batting practice and do some stuff.’’

Back to Arizona

The Sox decided to send pitcher John Danks back to Arizona for at least one more throwing assignment before considering a minor-league rehab assignment.

‘‘I’m hoping things go well, and we’ll go from there,’’ Danks said after meeting with general manager Rick Hahn, manager Robin Ventura, Schneider and pitching coach Don Cooper.

‘‘We feel that’s the best place for him,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘It’s better to send him back to make sure he’s strong enough.’’

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