SEATTLE -- Chris Sale improved to 2-1 with a mixed performance that was good enough.
Sale allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings but had his strikeout pitch working. The lefty, in his first season as a starter, fanned 11 Seattle Mariners in a 7-3 victory.
"I was sporadic with my control at times but I have to give it to [catcher] A.J [Pierzynski],'' Sale said. "He really got me through that game. I threw one changeup for a strike. He came in the dugout and said, 'hey someone frame this ball for him.' That kind of stuff makes me smile and relaxes me a little.''
The Sox tied a season high with 15 strikeouts. Jesse Crain fanned two and Hector Santiago and Matt Thornton had one each.
Sale (3.50 ERA) gave up seven hits and walked three and pitched out of trouble.
"I've got a lot of positive reinforcement around here from people who know what they're doing,'' he said of making the transition to starting. "I just lean on them for knowledge and support. It makes it easier when guys are telling you the right things and pushing you in the right direction.''