Another shutout, and another loss for White Sox
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Getting shut out for the third time in the last six games, the struggling White Sox wasted a strong performance by ace left-hander Chris Sale on Sunday, falling to the Oakland A's 2-0 for their season-high sixth loss in a row.
Jarrod Parker (4-6) allowed two hits over 6 1/3 innings, and three Oakland relievers cleaned up as the A's completed a sweep that followed three Sox losses to the Cubs last week.
Sale (5-3, 2.44 ERA) gave up one run on four hits over six innings, walking one and striking out five. He threw 104 pitches and was replaced with the Sox trailing 1-0. A sacrifice fly by Luke Donaldson in the sixth inning halted Sale's scoreless innings streak at 28 innings, the longest by a Sox since Wilson Alvarez's run of 31 scoreless innings in 1993.
Closer Addison Reed, inactive since last Sunday with no leads to preserve, pitched the eighth inning for the Sox. The A's touched him for a run when Coco Crisp singled and, running on the pitch, scored from first on Jed Lowrie's single that was bobbled by center fielder Jordan Danks for an error.
Danks was called up Sunday to replace Dewayne Wise, who went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.
The Sox had three hits, a single by Alexei Ramirez in the first, a double off the center-field wall by Adam Dunn in the fourth and a leadoff single by Alejandro De Aza in the ninth.
The Sox open a three-game series against the Mariners in Seattle on Monday night.
Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs shut out the Sox on Monday and Bartolo Colon of the A's blanked them on Friday.