Chris Sale could live with his poor results on Friday night.
It was his other actions the Chicago White Sox pitcher didn’t have as easy a time accepting.
Sale allowed four of the five home runs hit by the Texas Rangers in an 11-5 loss at U.S. Cellular Field. In their return to the South Side, A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios contributed to a career-worst night for Sale as they combined for three hits and three runs and helped snap a six-game White Sox winning streak.
After he was removed, cameras caught Sale — who allowed eight earned runs — slamming his glove into the bench.
But that wasn’t all Sale was upset with.
“I said some things to (umpire Jerry Layne) that I wish I could take back and wish I didn’t say because he’s one of the good ones,” Sale said. “I respect him a lot. I like him as an umpire and as a person. Those are the two things I wish I could take back, but obviously people make mistakes and learn from them and I will do my best to correct that.”
Asked if his struggles were his own or because he ran into a hot-hitting Texas club, Sale said he didn’t have much to offer.
Ian Kinsler, Adrian Beltre, Jeff Baker and Adam Rosales all homered for the Rangers against Sale, who had won his previous three starts. Mitch Moreland also had a pinch-hit home run off Dylan Axelrod.
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Both Baker and Rosales had two-run homers in the second inning to put Texas ahead 4-0. Sale allowed eight hits, walked a batter and hit two more over seven innings.
“It's obviously not one of his sharper nights,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It's a good team, they can swing the bat. You haven't seen that happen too often, so it's just an off-night.”
Ventura had a quick exit after he argued about Kinsler’s inside-the-park-homer with one out in the third inning.
Kinsler’s liner rolled along the wall in foul territory and got stuck in a gap between the ground and the padding and disappeared from the sight of left fielder Dayan Viciedo. Viciedo later retrieved the ball and fired home, but it wasn’t in time to get Kinsler, who scored to make it 5-3. Ventura argued with third-base umpire Greg Gibson the play should have been ruled dead when Viciedo signaled he couldn’t find the ball.
“(Gibson) just said he saw it,” Ventura said. “I figured (Viciedo) got on his hands and knees to go get it, you'd think it would be lodged under there pretty good and they'd rule a double. But they didn't.”
Ventura — who was ejected for the second time this season and sixth of his career — said there’s no provision in the ground rules for such a play.
“But, for me, usually when a guy is crawling on his hands and knees and he's looking for help, it makes sense,” Ventura said.
The White Sox tried to rally from a 4-0 deficit with three runs in the third. Viciedo singled in a pair of runs, and Gordon Beckham, who had two RBIs, singled in another.
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But Martin Perez limited the White Sox to four runs over seven innings.
Pierzynski was cheered in every plate appearance and well before the game, too.
He also received a loud standing ovation and acknowledged the crowd after a highlight reel of his eight seasons with the White Sox played after the top of the first inning.
Pierzynski singled off reliever Axelrod in the eighth inning and had a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Rios singled twice and scored off Sale.
“That was fun,” Sale said of facing the pair. “It’s a little bit different obviously throwing to (Pierzynski) not against him. It was fun though. We both got a kick out of it I believe. I enjoyed it. Except for Rios because he got me.”