How it happened: White Sox starter Chris Sale matched a career high by allowing eight runs over seven innings. He also allowed eight runs in an April 13 start against the Cleveland Indians. The Rangers hit four home runs off Sale, including a fluky inside-the-park HR from Ian Kinsler in the third inning when the ball was temporarily lost down the left-field line. No other White Sox starter has given up as many as eight runs in an outing this season.
What it means: Suddenly that six-game winning streak is more about how bad the Twins and Royals were, rather than how the White Sox were playing. Even in Friday’s defeat, though, the White Sox are showing better offensive cohesion. They put five runners on base in the second inning while scoring three runs, in an effort to match early runs given up by Sale.
Outside the box: Sale seemed to release a season worth of frustration all at once after he was removed from Monday’s game. The left-hander repeatedly pounded his glove against the ledge above the dugout bench. Sale entered with the second lowest run support in baseball, and lost six consecutive decisions earlier this year despite owning a 3.10 ERA over that stretch. The offense gave him 1.64 runs of support during the losing streak.
Off beat: Kinsler won’t apologize, but he won’t get a cheaper home run than the one he was credited with Friday. His hit down the left field line rolled toward the stands, coming to a halt when it appeared to be trapped by a cable underneath some padding on the short wall. Left fielder Dayan Viciedo had trouble locating the ball, tried to call time out and then searched again, finding the ball under the padding. Kinsler never stopped running, scoring easily. Third-base umpire Greg Gibson never called a dead ball and manager Robin Ventura was ejected arguing the ruling.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.27 ERA) to the mound Saturday in the middle game of the three-game series. The Rangers will counter with right-hander Yu Darvish (12-5, 2.68) in the 6:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.