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Sale sails past Twins to 7-0

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale recovered from a shaky first inning to dominate Minnesota and become MLB's first seven-game winner as the Chicago White Sox cruised past the Twins 7-2 on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.Sale (7-0) struck out nine and a...

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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on Saturday. Patrick Gorski / USA Today Sports

CHICAGO - Chris Sale recovered from a shaky first inning to dominate Minnesota and become MLB’s first seven-game winner as the Chicago White Sox cruised past the Twins 7-2 on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Sale (7-0) struck out nine and allowed just three hits through seven innings as he retired 19 of the final 20 batters he faced. Chicago’s ace lefty, who threw 120 pitches in this one, is just the fifth White Sox pitcher to win his first seven starts in a season.
Todd Frazier hit his team-leading eighth homer to snap an 0-for-20 slump then doubled in a run in a three-run seventh inning that allowed league-leading Chicago (21-10) to pull away.
Dioner Navarro had three hits, including two doubles, and an RBI as the White Sox used a 13-hit attack to win their fifth straight against Minnesota and their fifth in seven overall.
Chicago’s Austin Jackson, Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu also drove in runs.
Minnesota’s Ervin Santana (0-2) labored in his first start since April 19 after coming off the disabled list with a back strain. The right-hander lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while throwing 83 pitches.
League-worst Minnesota (8-22) lost for the eighth time in its last nine games and managed to score only in the first when Sale walked Oswaldo Arcia then hit Jorge Polanco with the bases loaded to force in runs.
Before his injury, Santana made just four starts and had a 3.15 ERA in 20 innings.
Chicago’s Matt Albers pitched a scoreless eighth and Zach Duke followed up with a scoreless ninth. The Twins used five relievers, including Brandon Kintzler, who was called up from Triple-A on Saturday, to mop up.

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