Chris Sale tossed a 2-hitter and struck out nine Sunday as the Chicago White Sox salvaged a 4-1 win in their series finale with the San Diego Padres.
Paul Konerko delivered a solo homer in the second inning, his third of the year, to give the Sox a 1-0 lead.
Sale retired his first 12 batters before Chase Headley led off the fifth with his fifth homer of the season to tie the game 1-1.
Tyler Flowers hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth as the Sox regained the lead 2-1. It was Flowers’ fourth home run of the season.
Konerko drove in two more runs in the sixth inning with a two-out double to make it 4-1.
Sale (5-0) has allowed just two earned runs over his last four starts.
Sale has become the first White Sox starter to begin a season 5-0 since Mark Buehrle in 2009.
The Sox avoided their first three-game sweep of the season.
As they await the return of rookie slugger Jose Abreu to the lineup on Monday in Los Angeles, the Sox were hitting .215 (41-191) with two home runs and 15 runs scored over the last six games (2.5 runs per game).
The Padres countered with lefty Eric Stults (2-6), who took the loss.