CHICAGO – When Chris Sale is on the mound with his quirky motion and left-handed deliveries that come at all speeds and from all angles, the Chicago White Sox like their chances.
Obviously we have all the confidence in the world. We know if we score him a few runs, then normally it’s going to be good enough, slugger Adam Dunn said.
That’s what happened again on Saturday when Sale pitched eight shutout innings and Dunn had a grand slam in a 17-hit attack that produced a 10-1 victory against the Houston Astros.
Sale (8-2) gave up four singles, struck out seven and walked none while lowering his AL-leading ERA to 2.05 during his fifth straight victory.
I’m not one to really look at my stats or anything like that. It really doesn’t do anything for you, the 6-foot-6 Sale said. You got a five (ERA) or a one and you still got to go out there and pitch and get outs.
At age 23, Sale is emerging as Chicago’s stopper. In his two previous outings, he pitched his first complete game against Seattle and struck out 15 against Tampa Bay.
He’s tough to hit against because he has a lot of different things he can throw, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. He actually pitches, hits corners, creates angles and things like that that make him extremely tough.
Gordon Beckham had three RBI and Alejandro De Aza finished with four hits for the White Sox.
TWINS 11, CUBS 3: In Minneapolis, Trevor Plouffe had a double, a homer and four RBI and Scott Diamond pitched six scoreless innings to lead Minnesota.
Diamond (5-1) gave up seven hits and struck out five and Joe Mauer added three hits and two RBI.
Jeff Samardzija (5-4) gave up eight runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.
BRAVES 5, BLUE JAYS 2: In Atlanta, Tommy Hanson shut down another AL East team, Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and Atlanta won its season-best sixth in a row.
GIANTS 5, RANGERS 2: In San Francisco, Ryan Vogelsong pitched a season-high 7 2/3 innings and won his fifth straight decision, Nate Schierholtz hit an RBI triple and San Francisco bounced back from its first shutout of the season.
NATIONALS 4, RED SOX 2: In Boston, Gio Gonzalez pitched 6 1/3 effective innings, Adam LaRoche hit a solo homer and Washington spoiled Boston pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka’s return from reconstructive elbow surgery.
ORIOLES 6, PHILLIES 4, 12 inn. In Baltimore, Adam Jones hit a two-run homer in the 12th and Baltimore won its eighth straight extra-inning game.
ANGELS 11, ROCKIES 5: In Denver, Albert Pujols homered and singled to drive in four runs, Mike Trout had three hits, including a two-run single, and Dan Haren pitched effectively into the sixth inning to lead Los Angeles.
CARDINALS 2, INDIANS 0: In St. Louis, Kyle Lohse allowed three hits in 7 2/3 innings to outduel Justin Masterson, and Carlos Beltran hit his National League-leading 17th home to lead St. Louis.
YANKEES 4, METS 2: In New York, Mark Teixeira hit a go-ahead homer and Phil Hughes won his third straight decision, sending the Yankees to the win at Yankee Stadium.
PADRES 5, BREWERS 2: In Milwaukee, Ross Ohlendorf had a strong relief outing and San Diego had four consecutive singles in a sixth-inning rally.