How it happened: Chris Sale pitched all eight innings, allowing two runs (none earned) on five hits and striking out 14, but the White Sox offense didn’t support him. Adam Dunn drove in the Sox’s only run of the game with a fourth-inning sacrifice fly to bring home Paul Konerko. Konerko had two of the Sox’s six hits on the night. The Astros scored both of their runs in the fifth inning. Ronny Cedeno reached on an error by Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez to start the inning and Ramirez’ second error of the inning four batters later, with two outs, allowed Cedeno to score. Jose Altuve’s infield single to third brought home Trevor Crowe with the winning run for Houston.
What it means: The White Sox offense’s struggles returned Friday, managing just three hits in six innings against Astros starter Erik Bedard. Sale is now 0-3 since missing time because of mild tendinitis in his left shoulder.
Outside the box score: It was the second straight time Sale went eight innings without allowing an earned run to the Astros. Sale yielded four hits over eight shutout innings in a 10-1 win last June 9, his only previous career appearance against the Astros.
Up next: The White Sox send John Danks (1-2, 4.13 ERA) to the mound Saturday against the Astros’ Lucas Harrell (4-7, 4.52 ) in a 6:15 CT start.