CHICAGO – Chris Sale took a perfect game into the seventh inning before finishing with a one-hitter, and the White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels, 3-0, on Sunday night to avoid a three-game sweep.
Mike Trout’s sharp single to center ended the perfect game bid with one out in the seventh, on Sale’s 70th pitch.
Sale (4-2) struck out seven on only 98 pitches for his first career shutout and third consecutive win. Sale’s one-hitter is the Sox’s first since Zach Stewart had one Sept. 5, 2011, at Minnesota.
Alexei Ramirez’s two-run, two-out single in the bottom of the seventh drove in Tyler Flowers and Tyler Greene to give Sale the lead and chase Los Angeles’ C.J. Wilson. Alex Rios then doubled off reliever Michael Kohn to drive in Ramirez, who had three hits and scored a run.
Chris Iannetta reached base on Ramirez’s throwing error in the ninth for Los Angeles, which had two base runners.
Wilson (3-2) gave up three runs and six hits while striking out three and walking four in 62/3 innings. He lost his second straight decision after losing to Houston on Tuesday.
Although the Sox’s offense was last in the AL in hitting at .227, they had shown signs of improvement, having scored 16 runs over their previous three games.
It didn’t carry over Sunday, but the Sox at least had some early chances.
After doubling with two outs in the bottom of the second, Casper Wells was thrown out by Josh Hamilton at home plate on a single by Tyler Flowers to end the inning. It was the second game in a row Hamilton threw out a runner at home, after he got Ramirez on Saturday.
The Sox threatened in the fourth after Wilson walked Paul Konerko and Dayan Viciedo, but didn’t score. With one out, Mark Trumbo made a diving catch on Jeff Keppinger’s liner to left, and then Wells flew out to right to end the inning.
The Sox also had a scoring chance in the sixth as Ramirez led off with a single and stole second and third, but was stranded on third when Keppinger flew to left.
Notes: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said there’s no timetable for starting pitcher Tommy Hanson’s return. Hanson was placed on the restricted list Friday.
Sox manager Robin Ventura gave DH/1B Adam Dunn “a day off.” Dunn is hitting .137 overall, including .105 against left-handers.
Angels shortstop Erick Aybar missed his third straight game with a tight right hamstring suffered Thursday against Houston. Scioscia said Aybar might be available Monday.
Today, the Sox’s Hector Santiago (1-1, 1.69 ERA) will face the Twins’ Pedro Hernandez (1-0, 5.96 ERA) in Minneapolis.