Sale, White Sox shut down fading Athletics 1-0

Sep 11, 2014 7:50 PM

CHICAGO (AP) - Chris Sale bested Scott Kazmir in a brilliant pitchers' duel, light-hitting Marcus Semien homered for the only run and the Chicago White Sox edged the rapidly fading Oakland Athletics 1-0 Thursday.

The A's lost for the 11th time in 14 games. They began the day with a slim lead in the wild-card race, having fallen nine games behind Los Angeles in the AL West.

Sale (12-3) gave up two hits in eight innings, allowing a pair of singles to Jed Lowrie. Between the hits, the left-hander retired 17 batters in order.

Sale lowered his ERA to an AL-best 1.99. He struck out nine and walked two.

Jake Petricka pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 16 tries.

Kazmir (14-8) went the distance, giving up four hits, striking out seven and walking one.

Semien hit a leadoff homer in the sixth. He started the day with a .216 batting average and three home runs.

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