Sale can't play stopper, Sox fall again to Tigers


Sale can't play stopper, Sox fall again to Tigers

DETROIT -- The White Sox bats have struggled of late, and Rick Porcello didnt offer any solutions on Saturday afternoon.
The Detroit Tigers starting pitcher matched Justin Verlanders dominance of a night earlier and with the help of some timely hitting against Chris Sale, downed the White Sox 5-1 at Comerica Park.
Porcello and reliever Joaquin Benoit combined on a five-hitter as the Tigers moved ahead of the White Sox into first place in the American League Central.
Now a half-game back of Detroit, the White Sox dropped to 3-6 on their current 10-game road trip. They have scored two runs or fewer in six of their last seven games.
Right before the break, we were swinging it fairly well and eventually it will get back to that, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before Saturdays game. We havent really clicked back in since the break as far as the way they were swinging it before.
Porcello didnt make it easy.
He retired the first 12 batters he faced. After he allowed a run in the fifth inning, Porcello (7-5) got back on track as he retired nine of 10 heading into the ninth inning.
The right-hander tired in the ninth, allowing consecutive singles to Gordon Beckham and Alejandro De Aza before he was lifted.
Aside from the fifth inning, that was the only sign of life from the White Sox offense.
In the fifth, Paul Konerko led off with a single. Alex Rios then reached on a force at second and moved into scoring position on a groundout. Dayan Viciedo then broke a scoreless tie with a blooper to right to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead.
But that wasnt nearly enough to support Sale, who matched his season-high with five earned runs allowed.
Sale (11-3) looked sharp early but walked Gerald Laird and Danny Worth, Detroits eighth and ninth hitters, to start the third inning. That prompted a visit from Ventura and trainer Herm Schneider. But Sale stayed in the game and got out of trouble with a strikeout of Austin Jackson and a double play.
The Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on Jacksons two-out double after a pair of two-out singles by Laird and Worth.
Detroit increased its lead in the sixth to 5-1 when Brennan Boesch belted a three-run home run to right off Sale, the first homer he has allowed to a left-handed hitter this season.
Jackson doubled in two runs in the eighth against reliever Dylan Axelrod.

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The White Sox haven't wavered on their asking price for Chris Sale, and their patience may be paying off.

According to FOX's Ken Rosenthal, trade talks surrounding Sale are intensifying between the White Sox and Nationals that would likely include Washington's two top prospects in RHP Lucas Giolito and OF Victor Robles.

Despite the trade chatter heating up, a source told CSN's Chuck Garfien that the White Sox aren't close to a deal and continue to talk with other teams regarding the White Sox ace.

In an exclusive interview with CSN earlier on Monday, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said trading Sale would be 'very hard' on multiple levels, particularly being satisfied with the package coming back.

Perhaps it's only a matter a time before Sale gets traded, but the White Sox have made it clear they won't make a deal unless they're maximizing their return.