CHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox couldn't have asked for more from Chris Sale. The problem was they couldn't touch Zack Greinke.
Greinke pitched three-hit ball over nine innings, Rickie Weeks drove in the lone run with a single in the 10th and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Chicago 1-0 on Friday night.
"Obviously, when a guy like that's on the mound it's going to be a little bit tighter and you've got to be a little bit sharper," Sale said.
He was about as good as could be expected.
So was Greinke, and the Brewers finally pulled out a close win after dropping five of the previous nine by one run, thanks to one clutch hit by Weeks.
Aramis Ramirez led off by lining his second double of the game down the left-field line against Jesse Crain (1-1). Nyjer Morgan ran for him and advanced on a wild pitch before Weeks drove a single past a diving third baseman Orlando Hudson to make it 1-0 and sent the White Sox to their seventh loss in nine games.
John Axford came on in the 10th and got his 13th save in 17 chances after blowing three of his previous five opportunities. He walked Gordon Beckham leading off, but struck out Adam Dunn before Paul Konerko grounded into a double play to end the game.
That gave Greinke (8-2) the win on a night when Sale pitched eight scoreless innings for the second time in three starts.
Greinke struck out four and walked one. The only hits he allowed were singles by Alex Rios in the fifth, Beckham in the seventh and A.J. Pierzynski in the eighth, and the White Sox hit into double plays in each of those innings.
"Greinke just had great control," Chicago's Alexei Ramirez said through an interpreter. "It was just one of those where he came very prepared and when he's like that it's hard to try to get a hit."
Sale was about as dominant, striking out seven and walking one.