Even when he is not at his best, the left-hander Chris Sale is usually good enough to carry the Chicago White Sox to victory.
Such was the case Sunday, when Sale grinded through an up-and-down outing.
Sale took a shutout into the sixth inning, Brett Lawrie homered for the third straight day and the White Sox beat the host Baltimore Orioles, 7-1, for a split of a four-game series.
Off to the best start of his career at 6-0, Sale allowed one run, five hits and four walks over five and one-third innings. He is the first White Sox pitcher to win his first six starts in a season since Jon Garland was 8-0 in 2005.
DODGERS 1, PADRES 0 Clayton Kershaw pitched a three-hitter, struck out 14 and singled home the game’s only run for host Los Angeles.
Kershaw ended the Dodgers’ six-game losing streak with his 13th shutout and his 22nd complete game in 248 career starts.
Kershaw, a three-time National League Cy Young Award winner,…