How it happened: Sox starter Chris Sale struck out 15 in 7 1/3 innings to get the win, the White Sox’s season-best sixth straight. Sale allowed one run on three hits. Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer in the sixth, his 16th of the season, off Rays starter Matt Moore. Dunn’s blast drove in Gordon Beckham, who had singled. Addison Reed picked up the save with a perfect ninth inning.
What it means: After starting their six-game streak with an offensive outburst, the Sox showed they can win a close game, too. Sale recorded both the first and latest win in the Sox’s streak.
Outside the box score: White Sox GM Kenny Williams said attendance could impact the White Sox at the trade deadline. "If you can't monetarily make something work, sometimes you have to do it with a greater cost to your talent," Williams said, according to the Associated Press.
Up next: Phil Humber (1-2, 5.80 ERA) takes the mound for the Sox in Game 2 of the series on Tuesday. He’ll face the Rays’ Shields (6-2, 3.63 ERA) in a 6:10 CT start.