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One pitch ruins Edwin Jackson’s outing

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



And so it goes for the White Sox. Even when things go well, they go down the tubes.

On a night when right-hander Edwin Jackson got back on track after three consecutive bad starts and when struggling left-hander Matt Thornton pitched a lights-out ninth inning, Twins lefty Francisco Liriano trashed every last bit of it by pitching the game of his life.

“Anytime a guy throws a no-hitter, what can you really say?’’ said Jackson, who was on the winning side of his very own no-hitter last season as an Arizona Diamondback. Jackson’s resembled that of Liriano, who walked six and struck out two. When he blanked the Tampa Bay Rays last June, Jackson walked eight in — you guessed it — a 1-0 victory.

“He made his pitches when he needed to,’’ Jackson said. “He was great. He threw a no-hitter.’’

Both teams came into the game in rough shape. The Twins had lost six in a row, and the Sox’ scuffling crew has lost 16 of 20, leaving the teams that were picked by most to contend for the American League Central title looking for a win to get themselves out of the division dumpster.

That’s why Liriano had more than the no-hitter at stake. The matter of a win/loss was significant, too.

“One hit can [make it] a great day or an almost day,’’ Jackson said. “It’s one of those things where you have to stay in the same mode, and he stayed in control of the game, regardless of whether he walked someone or was a little erratic. He made his pitches when he needed to.’’

The Sox are every struggling pitcher’s remedy. They’re batting .181 against the opposition’s starting pitchers in the last 12 games. They’ve scored 57 runs in the last 22 games, a level of production that leaves Sox starters feeling like they need to almost have no-hit stuff to win.

Jackson walked one and struck out two while allowing six hits, including a home run to Jason Kubel in the fourth inning on a 1-2 slider.

“You want to win every inning,’’ Jackson said. “Tonight was one of those games when I said one pitch can win or lose a game, and it was one pitch, a home run. That was the game.

“It’s just one of those tough games. We just have to continue to keep pushing.’’



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