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"I'll call one and he'll throw it 85 [mph] and then next one will be 94. One cuts, one sinks, one goes straight. It's just kind of a guessing game for me out there also," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said after Sale struck out 13 in 7 2/3 innings Wednesday night, pitching the Chicago White Sox to a 2-1 victory and a three-game sweep.
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Sale allowed three hits, one a homer by Derek Jeter, in 7 2/3 innings to get his 15th victory. He left to a rousing ovation after 109 pitches.
"I felt great. Obviously I wanted to stay in there but late in game like that and when [the] pitch count gets up, adrenaline will get you through it. You want to finish the job you started," he said.
The 23-year-old Sale, who was sent to the bullpen for one game this season before returning to the rotation, agreed that his performance was perhaps the best of his young career.
"If it's not, it's up there for sure," said Sale, a first-round draft pick in 2010. "That's one to build on. Just try to use it for my next outing."
"He's funky. He's got a funky motion. He's especially tough on lefties. He throws hard," Jeter said of Sale. "His fastball moves, a lot of off-speed pitches, which is surprising considering how hard he throws. He can overpower you when he needs to, but we didn't get much going off of him at all."
New York's loss and Tampa Bay's victory over Kansas City reduced the Yankees' lead in the AL East to three games, their smallest since before play on June 26.
"That's what you go through. The season isn't over after 120 [games], it's not over after 140, you have to play 162," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
The win gave the White Sox their first three-game sweep of the Yankees at home since 1991, the year U.S. Cellular Field (then known as new Comiskey Park) opened.
"They just beat us. Flat out. Today, Chris Sale was pretty incredible," New York first baseman Mark Teixeira said.
Jeter hit his 13th homer to tie the game 1-1 in the top of the sixth. But Rios responded in the bottom half with his 20th homer to put Chicago ahead.
Hughes (12-11) allowed five hits and two runs with two walks and five strikeouts.
|The White Sox's Chris Sale allows one run and strikes out 13 batters to beat the Yankees for this 15th win of the season. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.324|
|Nick Swisher, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.268|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||2||0||.304|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.260|
|Andruw Jones, DH||2||0||0||0||1||1||2||.212|
|a- Eric Chavez, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.294|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.240|
|Russell Martin, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.194|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.224|
|Ichiro Suzuki, LF||3||0||0||0||0||3||0||.269|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for A. Jones in the 9th|
|2B - Robinson Cano (33, Sale), Mark Teixeira (26, Sale)|
|HR - Derek Jeter (13, Sale)|
|RBI - Derek Jeter (43)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Cano-Jeter-Teixeira|
|PB - Russell Martin (6)|
|New York Yankees|
|Phil Hughes (L,12-11)||7||5||2||2||2||5||1||4.15|
|HBP - Youkilis (by David Robertson)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 98-71, David Robertson 15-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 4-12, David Robertson 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 28, David Robertson 4|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Dewayne Wise, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.297|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||1||0||0||1||1||1||0||.240|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.205|
|Paul Konerko, DH||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.313|
|Jordan Danks, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||1||2||1||0||0||3||.301|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.296|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.252|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.261|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||0||2||.230|
|2B - Gordon Beckham (20, Hughes)|
|HR - Alex Rios (20, Hughes)|
|SF - Kevin Youkilis (3)|
|RBI - Kevin Youkilis (48), Alex Rios (72)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Chris Sale (W,15-4)||7.2||3||1||1||1||13||1||2.65|
|Brett Myers (H,5)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.33|
|Addison Reed (S,23)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||3.65|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 109-70, Brett Myers 3-2, Addison Reed 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 3-7, Brett Myers 1-0, Addison Reed 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Sale 27, Brett Myers 1, Addison Reed 4|
|Attendance - 26319|
|Game Time - 2:27|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Jeff Nelson|