Sale (12-3) allowed two singles and a pair of walks while
striking out nine over eight innings for the White Sox, who won for
only the seventh time in their last 22 contests. Jose Abreu, Avisail
Garcia and Conor Gillaspie were the only other Chicago hitters to
Jed Lowrie accounted for both hits off Sale for Oakland, which
remained in the first wild-card slot in the American League despite
its 11th loss in 14 games but fell a season-high 10 games back of
the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. Kazmir (14-8) dropped his
third straight decision despite posting his second complete game of
the season, permitting a run on four hits while fanning seven.
Sale walked Coco Crisp to begin the game and yielded a one-out hit
in the second before retiring 17 in a row prior to Lowrie’s single
to open the eighth. Kazmir was nearly flawless through five innings
as well, yielding a walk in the second and a two-out single in the
fourth – both to Garcia.
Semien broke the scoreless tie in the sixth, sending a 1-0 curveball
into the left-field seats for his first home run since April 23.
Sale ran into trouble in the eighth after Alberto Callaspo drew a
two-out walk three batters after Lowrie’s leadoff single, but the
three-time All-Star got Crisp to ground out and Jake Petricka worked
around a leadoff single from Sam Fuld in the ninth for his 13th
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Chicago won the season series (4-3) for only the
third time in the last 14 years despite getting outscored 34-18. …
Kazmir is 0-5 in his last seven starts against the White Sox. …
Oakland fell to 20-25 in one-run contests, including 1-7 in
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