Chris Sale hoped to continue his mastery over the American League West when he took the mound Sunday night against the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels’ Mike Trout broke up Sale’s pefect game on a one out single to center field in the seventh inning, but the Sox held on to win 3-0 as Sale settled for a 1-hit, complete-game victory.
The Chicago White Sox lefty is 9-0 against the AL West over 23 career starts.
The Sox scored three times in the seventh on RBI hits by Alexei Ramirez and Alex Rios.
The Sox and Angels came in tied for last place in the AL in errors with 27, and an error was costly for the Sox in Saturday night’s 3-2 loss as an unearned run scored.
Following a team meeting after Saturday night’s loss, Sox manager Robin Ventura decided to sit down struggling first baseman/designated hitter Adam Dunn Sunday.
Ventura deployed Dayan Viciedo as the designated hitter and started recently-acquired Casper Wells in left field.
“I have been looking for spots to get Casper in there. And with (lefthander C.J.) Wilson going, it’s a good time to get him in there,” Ventura said. “Just trying to find spots for him.”
The Sox staged a two-out rally in the second inning when Wells doubled to right-center. Tyler Flowers followed with a base hit to right. Josh Hamilton was playing shallow and threw out Wells at the plate easily to keep the game scoreless.
The Sox also threatened in the fourth when Paul Konerko and Viciedo drew one-out walks. But Jeff Keppinger had his low line drive grabbed by leftfielder Mark Trumbo and Wells flied out to right to end the threat.