struggles as White Sox fall to Braves
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[July 09, 2016]
CHICAGO -- White Sox ace Chris
Sale fell short of earning his 15th victory before the All-Star
break, struggling in Chicago's 11-8 loss to the National
League-worst Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
Sale (14-3) allowed three home runs as his five-game winning streak
Braves starter Matt Wisler (4-8) wasn't much sharper, but picked up
the win, giving up six runs in five innings. Tyler Flowers and Jeff
Francoeur each drove in three runs, and Adonis Garcia had a
career-high four hits.
The Braves (30-57) scored three runs in the sixth to command an 11-6
lead. Atlanta racked up 15 hits, including eight extra-base hits,
for a season-high 11 runs.
The White Sox (44-42) got three hits in the ninth, but managed to
score just one run.
The White Sox became the first team to turn three triple plays in a
season since 1979 (Boston and Oakland) in the third inning. After
Chase d'Arnaud drew a leadoff walk and Gordon Beckham singled,
Freddie Freeman hit a grounder that rookie shortstop Tim Anderson
Anderson tagged out the lead runner, stepped on second base and
threw to first for the 6-3 triple play. The team's other triple
plays were on April 22 and May 18.
Sale, who leads the majors in victories, allowed a season-worst
eight runs and 10 hits, including a career-high seven extra-base
hits, in five innings.
The White Sox had won four of five games and five straight series.
Freeman hit a two-out solo home run, his 15th homer of the season,
on Sale's first pitch in the first inning.
Melky Cabrera tied the score with an RBI single in the bottom of the
Tyler Flowers hit a two-run home run off Sale, his former teammate,
for a 3-1 Braves lead in the second.
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The White Sox rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Carlos Sanchez doubled and took third on an error before he scored
on a J.B. Shuck popup that fell among four fielders in shallow right
field for a double. Adam Eaton drove in Shuck with a bunt that
Wisler fielded and lost control of. Another run scored when Jose
Abreu flied out to center, and Ender Inciarte didn't immediately
throw the ball, apparently thinking that was the third out.
The Braves tied it 4-4 on a Nick Markakis home run in the fourth. He
has five home runs this season after hitting two against the Cubs.
Atlanta had three straight doubles in the fifth to score four runs
for an 8-4 lead.
Eaton and Todd Frazier homered in the bottom of the fifth as the
White Sox closed to 8-6.
NOTES: Braves RHP Julio Teheran will be able to make his start
Saturday against the White Sox, manager Brian Snitker said. Teheran
dealt with an infection in his right thigh earlier in the week. He
also could be available for the All-Star Game on Tuesday in San
Diego. ... White Sox 3B Todd Frazier is seeded second in the home
run derby on Monday. He is the defending champion. ... White Sox 1B
Justin Morneau (elbow surgery) was 2-for-11 with a triple, a walk
and a run in four rehab games with Triple-A Charlotte entering
Friday. His rehab will move to Double-A Birmingham on Monday because
of Charlotte's All-Star break.
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