Sale pitches into 8th, White Sox beat Yankees 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 7, 2013 at 12:10 am •  Published: August 7, 2013
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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox finally gave Chris Sale enough support to get a win.

Sale allowed one run while outpitching Hiroki Kuroda into the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat New York 3-2 on Tuesday night.

The White Sox now have back-to-back wins after dropping 10 in a row, and they'll certainly take that even if this one was a little more tense than that 8-1 romp the previous night.

"We've been fighting to score runs for him," Beckham said. "It's not something that's at the forefront of our minds, but it's definitely in the back because we know how little run support we've given him. Obviously, you don't have to give him a lot to win games."

Sale was getting a major league-low 2.47 runs of support entering this game. He was 1-9 over his previous 11 starts, but he came away with the win after allowing five hits in 7 1-3 innings.

Alex Rodriguez, however, remained the big story. In his second game back and a day after being hit with a long suspension, the embattled star again heard it from the crowd at U.S. Cellular Field.

They continued to boo him non-stop, pausing only when a pitch from Sale grazed his elbow near the belt in the third inning.

Then, the fans let out a big roar. And that did not sit well with manager Joe Girardi.

"There's something wrong with that," he said. "I often think that it starts from the adults. And if it was their child, would they want them to be hit? Because the kids will only repeat what the adults do."

If Rodriguez was bothered by that, he wasn't saying. He insisted he loves the Chicago fans, just as he did after they laid into him on Monday, and that he was more upset that he forgot to put on his elbow pad.

"It was the weirdest thing," Rodriguez said. "Probably the first time in 2,000 at-bats. And walking up to the plate I said, 'Whatever you do, just don't get in hit in the elbow.' Second pitch I get hit in the elbow. I couldn't believe it. I love the fans in Chicago."

They're certainly not showing him any in return. They let him hear it in his season debut on Monday, hours after Major League Baseball slapped him with a 211-game punishment for violating its drug agreement and labor contract, and it was more of the same on Tuesday.

Rodriguez was the designated hitter this time after playing third the previous day in his first game after offseason hip surgery. At the plate, he followed up a 1-for-4 performance by going 1 for 2 with a single and walk in addition to that hit-by-pitch.

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