The White Sox offense is in a funk and Zack Greinke didnt relent on Friday night.
The Milwaukee Brewers' ace kept the White Sox off the board long enough for his own offense to outlast Chris Sale as the Brewers won 1-0 in 10 innings in front of 22,798 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Rickie Weeks singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning against Jesse Crain to earn a victory for Greinke, who pitched nine scoreless innings. John Axford pitched a scoreless inning to earn the save.
Greinke and Axford combined to silence the White Sox, who scored fewer than three runs for the sixth time in nine games.
Milwaukee didnt have much luck against Sale or Addison Reed, but Crain was a different story. Aramis Ramirez started the 10th inning with a double into the left-field corner. Ramirez moved to third on Crains wild pitch, and one out later, Weeks singled past a drawn-in infield for the games first run.
The White Sox got a leadoff walk in the 10 th by Gordon Beckham but Axford struck out Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko grounded into a game-ending double play.
Sale bounced back from last Fridays outing in Los Angeles, his worst performance of the season. The left-hander kept a Milwaukee Brewers lineup that entered the game fourth in the National League in run scored off the board for eight outstanding innings.
After he allowed several deep fly balls early, Sale settled in, especially in the middle innings. He struck out five batters in the fourth and fifth innings and finished with seven. Two strikeouts were especially key after Weeks doubled with one out in the fifth inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Sale rebounded to escape the jam with punch outs of Cody Ransom and Martin Maldonado.
Sale, who threw strikes on 70 of 109 pitches and only allowed five men on base, pitched around another double in the eighth inning and retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced.
Greinke was even better than his young counterpart.
The 2009 American League Cy Young winner didnt give the White Sox many chances.
Pitching even more efficiently than Sale, Greinke only allowed four runners on base through nine innings. None stayed long either, as Greinke induced double play balls in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings.
Greinke also pitched five 1-2-3 innings and retired 10 in a row and 15 of 16 at one point.