Sale strikes out 15 as White Sox beat Cubs 3-1

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Chris Sale matched a ca­reer high with 15 strike­outs while pitch­ing seven score­less in­nings as the Chicago White Sox ended the crosstown Cubs’ nine-game win­ning streak with a 3-1 vic­tory Sun­day.

Sale (11-7) al­lowed one hit — Dex­ter Fowler’s one-out sin­gle in the sixth.

The Cubs were try­ing for their first dou­ble-digit win streak since they won 12 straight in 2001. But Dan Haren (8-8) al­lowed homers to Jose Abreu, Melky Cabr­era and Alexei Ramirez in 4 2-3 in­nings.

David Robert­son gave up Jorge Soler’s two-out homer in the ninth be­fore fin­ish­ing for his 24th save in 30 chances.

San Fran­cisco’s Madi­son Bum­gar­ner home­red and dou­bled, struck out 14 and pitched a three-hitter as the Giants handed the Washington Na­tion­als its sixth straight loss 5-0.

Hunter Pence also home­red as the play­off-con­tend­ing Giants fin­ished off a four-game sweep. Washington matched its long­est skid of the sea­son and fell be­low .500.

Bum­gar­ner hit his fourth homer this sea­son and 10th over­all.

In Kansas City, Mis­souri, Kendrys Mo­rales had an RBI sin­gle with two outs in the 10th in­ning to lift the Roy­als to a 4-3 win over the Los An­ge­les An­gels.

Ben Zo­brist sin­gled with one out in the 10th, the Roy­als’ first hit since Eric Hos­mer’s RBI sin­gle in the first in­ning. Af­ter Hos­mer walked, Mo­rales sin­gled against Trevor Gott (2-1) as Kansas City im­proved to 7-2 in ex­tra-in­ning games.

The AL West-lead­ing Hous­ton Astros edged the Detroit Tigers 6-5 af­ter Jose Al­tuve hit an RBI sin­gle with two outs in the ninth in­ning af­ter Colby Ras­mus hit two homers.

Miguel Cabr­era home­red, dou­bled and drove in three runs for the Tigers.

Jake Maris­nick tripled off Tom Gorze­lanny (1-2) with two outs in the Hous­ton ninth. Alex Wil­son re­lieved and Al­tuve sin­gled on the first pitch for his third hit of the game.

Aramis Ramirez had four hits and three RBIs, and Pe­dro Alvarez home­red as the Pittsburgh Pi­rates trounced the New York Mets to fin­ish off their first sea­son se­ries sweep of the NL East lead­ers.

Alvarez, Ramirez and Gre­gory Polanco each had run-scor­ing hits in a break­away four-run sev­enth, keyed by a throw­ing er­ror from re­liever Bobby Par­nell (1-3).

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke low­ered his ma­jor league-best ERA to 1.58 with seven sharp in­nings and drove in the goa­head run with his sec­ond homer of the sea­son, lead­ing Los An­ge­les over the Cincinnati Reds 2-1, while Adam Jones hit two home runs and Ger­ardo Parra had five of Bal­ti­more’s 26 hits in the Ori­oles’ mas­sive 18-2 vic­tory over the Oak­land Ath­let­ics.

In other games, Jose Bautista hit a tworun homer and Drew Hutchi­son won his third straight start as the Toronto Blue Jays downed the New York Yan­kees 3-1, the At­lanta Braves out­lasted the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs 2-1 over 10 in­nings, the Mi­ami Mar­lins downed the St. Louis Car­di­nals 6-4 and the Seat­tle Mariners edged the Bos­ton Red Sox 10-8 af­ter 12 in­nings.

Mil­wau­kee’s Ryan Braun hit a grand slam to equal Robin Yount’s club home run record as the Brew­ers downed the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1, the Texas Rangers de­feated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3, the Min­nesota Twins beat the Cleve­land In­di­ans 4-1 and the Colorado Rock­ies blanked the San Diego Padres 4-0.


(Above) Chicago Cubs starter Dan Haren throws against the Chicago White Sox dur­ing the first in­ning of an in­ter­league base­ball game in Chicago, Sun­day, Aug. 16. (Right) Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale smiles as he lis­tens to team­mates in the dugout dur­ing the sev­enth in­ning of an in­ter­league base­ball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Sun­day.

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