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Ventura unhappy with White Sox's effort in loss to Diamondbacks

CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura didn't like the smell of Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.

"It stunk," Ventura said after the White Sox dropped two out of three at home to the last-place team in the National League West.

Diamondbacks right-hander Chase Anderson won his major league debut, limiting the Sox to one run on two hits over 51/3 innings. Two-run homers by Gerardo Parra and Miguel Montero did most of the damage for the visitors as Hector Noesi (0-3) took the loss.

Parra led off the game with a drive that was misplayed in center field by Alejandro De Aza and ruled a triple. De Aza had a bad break on the ball and then got his feet tangled up. Martin Prado then drove in Parra with a base hit.

"It started from the first play of the game and continued on and it stunk, pretty much the whole thing," Ventura said in a rare instance of public criticism of his players.

"Hector pitched a heck of a game (three runs on eight hits over six innings) to at least give us a chance. Everything else stunk."

Ventura suggested changes may be made soon as the Sox embark on a 9-game trip beginning Monday night in Oakland.

"I don't know, they were just flat (Sunday), couldn't get anything going," he said. "Something is going to happen. I don't know what yet, but something."

The Sox have dropped three of four. Perhaps lineup changes are in order?

"Nah ... maybe ... just in the way you treat them and everything else," Ventura said.

Baserunning gaffes in Saturday night's 4-3 loss irked bench coach Mark Parent, who was the acting manager while Ventura attended the graduation of his daughter at Oklahoma State.

"We've got a pretty good group of guys. Our leadership, as far as (Adam Dunn) and (Paul) Konerko and the pitching side, (John) Danks and (Chris Sale) ... they know how to keep guys in check," Parent said before the game.

"We just need to cut out some little bitty mistakes. Not little bitty mistakes, but big mistakes on the bases and stuff like that ... things in the outfield. We cleaned some stuff up. We've been playing pretty good. As long as we keep swinging it, it doesn't matter who's on the mound, although (Jose) Quintana threw very well (Saturday) night. He didn't get that (run) support."

The Sox were checked on just four hits Sunday.

"I don't think it's lack of effort," catcher Tyler Flowers said. "I guess lethargic could be the word. I can't tell you why, I really don't know. The guy (Anderson) did a good job shutting us down. I guess next time we need to pick up a little more 'rah-rah' or something to keep everybody motivated. But we didn't quit on that game or anything. It's just that they did better than we did."

Noesi, who is 0-8 with a 6.27 ERA over his last 11 starts, says he wants to continue in that role. He threw 117 pitches.

"He threw strikes. You know, he gave us a chance," Ventura said. "It's too bad for him. He pitched a good game and nobody else showed up."

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