White Sox give Chris Sale no support again in loss to Rays
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 6, 2013 11:05PM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Chris Sale was named to the American League All-Star team, then he lost for the sixth time in his last seven starts.
The losses, including a 3-0 decision against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, have had little to do with the White Sox’ prized 24-year-old left-hander, who made the All-Star team for the second consecutive season in his second year as a starter. The Sox have scored nine runs for him in his last seven starts.
Two of the three runs scored against Sale in his seven innings were earned. He struck out nine and walked one, but he fell to 5-8 with a 2.78 ERA.
Matt Moore (12-3) pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings for the Rays, who dropped the Sox (34-50) to a season-low 16 games below .500.
Alejandro De Aza had a rough third inning, getting hit on the right forearm by a Moore pitch and getting doubled off third base on Alex Rios’ line drive to third baseman Evan Longoria. After the double play, Adam Dunn flied to the warning track in left, leaving the Sox with no runs after having runners on second and third with no outs while trailing 2-0.
The Sox had six hits.