This time was different.
The White Sox took a 2-0 advantage with two outs in the first when Paul Konerko singled to center, driving in Alejandro De Aza and Gordon Beckham. Beckham walked with no outs and advanced to second on Adam Dunn's fly ball to center, which got De Aza to third.
Chicago scored three times with two outs in the fourth. Dayan Viciedo's RBI single gave the White Sox a 3-0 lead, then Scherzer's throw to first on Josh Phegley's soft roller between third and home was well away from Prince Fielder, bringing in Viciedo and Jordan Danks.
"We've come up short a lot for him this year when he was throwing some great games and it was nice to give him a win against a guy who will probably win the Cy Young," Konerko said.
Sale also has a case, though he wasn't thinking too much about his chances to win the award.
"For me, it's one day at a time, one game at a time," Sale said. "Whatever that stuff happens to be it is. Try not to put too much emphasis on it, just go out there and do everything I can to win that game."
NOTES: White Sox general manager Rick Hahn called their season "gut-wrenching" and said they have "a number of areas we need to upgrade." . White Sox OF Avisail Garcia was not in the lineup after getting two teeth pulled. ... White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper (diverticulitis) was back with the team after missing three games. . White Sox DH Adam Dunn refuted a recent report that he was considering retirement. While he did say that the White Sox playing the way they have is a "letdown," he also said "I don't know where that comes into that I'm retiring. ... Tuesday's pitching matchup is Rick Porcello (11-8, 4.76) against Chicago's Erik Johnson (0-1, 4.50).
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