- Doug Padilla, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: White Sox starter Hector Noesi made a single run stand up in a dominating performance against his former team. The right-hander started the season with the Mariners, was traded to the Texas Rangers and then was picked up off waivers by the White Sox in April. Noesi gave up no runs and just five hits over 6 2/3 innings. The White Sox scored in the first inning when Conor Gillaspie came home on a wild pitch. Gillaspie later left the game when he was hit in the right knee by a pitch. Jake Petricka picked up the save with two scoreless innings. The White Sox won despite collecting just two hits.
What it means: If there is one thing the White Sox know as well as anybody, it’s the close games. The White Sox have now played 56 games (out of 89) that have been decided by three runs or less. That number also includes 14 of the past 17 games. The White Sox are 27-29 in games decided by three runs or less, going 17-13 in one-run games, 6-10 in two-run games and 4-6 in three-run games.
Outside the box: Much was made of Chris Sale’s chances Friday against the left-handed hitting Mariners, but Noesi was able to take advantage of that, too. Heading into Sunday’s start, left-handers were hitting .236 against the right-handed Noesi in 157 at-bats, while right-handers were hitting .340. Lefties did have nine of the 11 home runs off Noesi this year. The Mariners started seven left-handed hitters Sunday.
Offbeat: White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham had an adventure on a single from Brad Miller in the fifth inning. Beckham tried to backhand the ball up the middle, but it ricocheted off his glove and went into center field. Adam Eaton got to the ball quickly and his off-balance throw back to the infield was off track. Beckham ended up crashing into umpire Dana DeMuth while chasing the ball, knocking him to the ground. DeMuth left the game at the end of the half-inning.
Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Scott Carroll (2-5, 5.05 ERA) to the mound Monday at Boston in the opener of a four-game series. The Red Sox will counter with right-hander Clay Buchholz (3-4, 6.22) in the 6:10 p.m. CT start at Fenway Park.
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