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White Sox 1, Athletics 0: Chris Sale extends Oakland's misery

League-leading ERA down to 1.99 after eight shutout innings as Sox take series

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This game took roughly as long as a couple of meetings I had, so here are some bullet points for a game I'll have to watch later:

*Chris Sale lowered his ERA to 1.99 with eight beautiful innings. He allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out nine, and he didn't allow an Oakland baserunner to reach second until his final frame.

*Jed Lowrie had both of the Athletics' hit, including a leadoff single in the eighth that interrupted a string of 17 consecutive batters retired. After a popout and a strikeout, Sale then walked Alberto Callaspo to put a runner in scoring position for the first time all day. With Sale at 105 pitches, Robin Ventura came out, but left Sale in, and he retired Coco Crisp on a groundout to kill the threat.

*Scott Kazmir's outing would've been sufficient against nearly any other pitcher. He finished with a complete game, striking out seven while just allowing four hits and a walk.

*Marcus Semien had one of those hits, and it left the park. Kazmir tried dropping an 0-1 curveball on Semien -- who gave Alexei Ramirez a rare day off at shortstop -- and Semien crushed it to left for the game's only run.

*Jake Petricka recorded his second save in as many games. He jeopardized Sale's victory by allowing Sam Fuld to reach on a single, but he was quickly erased when Josh Donaldson hit a grounder to the left side of second. Semien ranged, gloved it and flipped to Carlos Sanchez, who caught it with his bare hand and fired to first all in one motion for the double play.

*Both teams went 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position. Avisail Garcia created the White Sox's lone opportunity when he walked, then stole second on a strikeout and took third on a throwing error. But Michael Taylor struck out to strand him 90 feet away.

*Garcia went 1-for-3, and that walk was the fifth one he's drawn over the last nine games, which is a pleasant surprise.

Record: 66-80 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights