How it happened: The White Sox got back to their winning ways on Sunday thanks to a steady outing by left-hander Chris Sale and some timely hitting early on. Sale, who was just named the American League Pitcher of the Month, threw a complete game against the Mariners and did not allow a hit after the fifth inning. He gave up five hits and struck out eight. Gordon Beckham had an RBI single to left field in the fourth, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, while Alex Rios followed with an RBI infield single. Rios finished with a pair of RBIs while Brent Lillibridge, who got the start in centerfield, walked in the Sox’s first run of the game with a bases-loaded walk in the second. Kosuke Fukudome left the game after the third inning with back stiffness.
What it means: The White Sox remain ahead of the Indians atop the Central Division standings as this win marked their fifth straight series victory, something the club hasn’t done since June 8-27, 2010.
Outside the box: The White Sox are off on Monday and hold the No. 13 and No. 48 overall picks in the First-Year Player Draft, which begins at 6 p.m. on MLB Network. The Sox received the 48th pick as compensation for the loss of Mark Buehrle.
Up next: Right hander Philip Humber (2-2) will open a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, opposing lefty Ricky Romero (6-1). Humber is looking for his second straight win after allowing five hits over seven innings pitched in his last start. Game time on Tuesday is 7:10 p.m.