Sale lives luxuriously in White Sox victory

Sale lives luxuriously in White Sox victory

August 12, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Chris Sale might soon appear on your television screen lounging on a yacht and surrounded by beautiful women.

He might implore you to pick up your phone or laptop to buy his fool-proof system so you can live just like he does.

While he might have suffered from bad luck and poor run support earlier this season, lately Sale has lived a life of luxury.

On Monday night the White Sox rallied to produce a season-high six runs for Sale, and he obliged them with a victory. Sale won consecutive starts for only the third time all season with a complete-game effort in a 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.

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The White Sox, who finished with 14 hits, rallied for a second straight time with Sale on the mound and improved to 32-24 when they score four or more runs.

“We started off a little bit slow, and it just shows we are still fighting and scrapping and competing,” Sale said. “We had some big hits by a lot of guys. It was fun to watch sitting in there in the dugout and taking a little bit of extra time.”

Sale had ample time to relax as the White Sox batted around in the fifth inning and took the lead.

Josh Phegley, who went 2-for-4, doubled in the tying run off Doug Fister to start a three-run rally that equaled or surpassed the White Sox production in 17 of Sale’s 21 previous starts.

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Gordon Beckham, who had three hits, and Alexei Ramirez also had RBI singles as the White Sox grabbed a 4-2 lead. They later tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Phegley and a sacrifice fly by Alejandro De Aza.

Jeff Keppinger also had three hits and scored two runs for the White Sox, who got seven hits in 12 at-bats from the bottom third of the order.

Jordan Danks had two hits and scored a run.

The outpouring over his last two starts (nine runs) has helped Sale — who lowered his ERA to 2.73 — raise his major league-worst run support average from 2.47 to 2.73.

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“We wish we could give him a better record right now, because his numbers match up against everybody besides that,” Beckham said. “Hopefully we can win down the stretch for him and give him a chance to win some postseason stuff.”

Down 2-0, the White Sox scored once in the fourth off Fister (10-6) when Beckham came in on a wild pitch. They also caught a break when Beckham’s go-ahead RBI single in the fifth inning glanced off Fister’s glove and into shallow right field.

Phegley’s RBI single in the eighth inning also came against a drawn-in infield.

“We’ve seen enough of that that it’s OK for it to happen for us every once in a while,” manager Robin Ventura said. “It was good. It was a good night offensively, too.”

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Sale didn’t waste let the effort go to waste.

Miguel Cabrera hit a solo home run in the first inning, and Brayan Pena doubled in a run in the second to give Detroit a 2-0 lead.

But Sale (8-11) picked up speed from there and never slowed down.

He pitched out of jams in the fourth and sixth innings. In the sixth, he retired nemesis Victor Martinez on a fielder’s choice after Cabrera and Prince Fielder singled to start a potential rally. Sale, who struck out six and walked none, then got two easy outs and retired 11 of the last 13 he faced.

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Even though he allowed nine hits, Sale needed only 109 pitches to close out the fifth complete game of his career.

It’s part of the perks of Sale’s luxurious life.

“It’s always satisfying, especially knowing the workload our guys down in the ‘pen have had as of late and all year,” Sale said. “Any time you can finish what you started, it’s always nice.”