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Chris Sale gets roughed up in White Sox’ loss to Indians

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Updated: May 15, 2013 7:13AM



CLEVELAND — The White Sox sent their best guy out to stop the bleeding.

He couldn’t get it done.

Ace left-hander Chris Sale got shelled for a career-high eight runs Saturday, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Sox 9-4 to extend the Sox’ losing streak to five games.

The Sox (4-7) are halfway through a 10-game road trip without a victory.

“You hit a skid like this, and you want to be the guy to turn it around, just like [all] these guys in here,’’ a dejected Sale said after giving up a two-run homer to Nick Swisher in the first inning and a grand slam to Mark Reynolds in the fifth.

After Reynolds’ slam, which made it 7-2, Sale hit Michael Brantley in the back leg. Umpire Ed Hickox issued warnings to both dugouts.

“Brantley was just me being an idiot, honestly,’’ Sale (1-1) said. “Going out there and trying to overthrow, trying to blow it by him. . . . Unfortunately, it got away and hit him.

“Hit a guy, you don’t do it there. I think I know enough about the game that if I was going to do it intentionally, it’s not going to be in that situation. Not only does that look bad on my part, but it looks bad on my team. That’s not what we’re about, and that’s not what I’m about. On top of that, you now have targets on some of these guys in here, and it’s not their fault that I went out and gave up eight runs today.’’

Deunte Heath, called up Friday from Class AAA Charlotte, relieved Sale and gave up a two-run homer to Yan Gomes on his first pitch. Alejandro De Aza homered in the seventh against Bryan Shaw.

The last time the Sox started 0-5 on the road was 1972, which turned out to be a decent year. They finished 87-67, in second place in the American League West.

“We have to figure it out,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “We have to do better. We kind of had a stretch like this at the end of last year, so we might as well do it early in the year and get out of it. You just keep plugging away.’’



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