Chris Sale, making his final start before his next expected pitching appearance -- at the All-Star Game next Tuesday in Kansas City -- allowed one run over 7 1/3 innings on Tuesday night. Sale improved to 10-2 and lowered his ERA to a glossy 2.19 going into the midsummer classic.
Sale's latest stellar start in a 19-2 Sox victory was overshadowed by a White Sox offense that pounded out 21 hits against Rangers starter Roy Oswalt and the Texas bullpen, including home runs by Kevin Youkilis, Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and A.J. Pierzynski. Youkilis drove in four runs, and Rios and Pierzynski had three RBI each. Youkilis, Rios, Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez had three hits apiece.
Youkilis, Dunn (25th) and Rios (11th) hit their homers in a four-run first.
It was the first game of a three-game series between division leaders.