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Recap: Angels 0, White Sox 3
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 3
Venue: U.S. Cellular Field
Date: May 12, 2013 8:05 PM EDT
  

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox needed a big start from ace Chris Sale, and he nearly gave them something historic.

Sale took a perfect game into the seventh inning before finishing with a one-hitter, and Chicago beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 on Sunday night to avoid a three-game sweep. The left-hander retired the first 19 batters he faced before Mike Trout's sharp single to center ended the perfect game bid with one out in the seventh, on his 70th pitch.

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``I knew warming up in the bullpen I felt loose. My arm felt good tonight,' Sale said. ``Warming up in the bullpen I felt like I was creating some good stuff and just wanted to transfer that out to the field, and it ended up working out tonight.'

Sale (4-2) struck out seven on just 98 pitches for his first career shutout and third win in his last four outings. The one-hitter was Chicago's first since Zach Stewart had one on Sept. 5, 2011, at Minnesota.

The White Sox had lost two straight and were on the verge of being swept by a struggling Angels team. Before Saturday's loss, manager Robin Ventura called a meeting to discuss the team's woes.

``He understands how it's been going,' Ventura said of Sale. ``So it's one of those you need a guy like that that can go out and put together a game like that and give you a chance.'

Sale pithed the third one-hitter in three days in the majors, joining St. Louis' Shelby Miller and Boston's Jon Lester, who both had theirs on Friday night.

Alexei Ramirez's two-run two-out single in the bottom of the seventh drove in Tyler Flowers and Tyler Greene to give Sale the lead and chase Los Angeles' C.J. Wilson. Alex Rios then doubled off reliever Michael Kohn to drive in Ramirez, who had three hits and scored a run.

Sale didn't require much more support than that in a game the White Sox needed badly.

``I think he (Sale) just likes the big games,' Flowers said. ``I guarantee you he knows everyone was watching on ESPN and that whole thing.'

Wilson (3-2) gave up three runs and six hits while striking out three and walking four in 6 2-3 innings. He lost his second straight decision after losing to Houston on Tuesday.

Wilson got no support from his offense. Other than Rios' running catch against the wall on Howie Kendrick's drive in the second, there weren't any close calls for Sale.

``It just goes back to that competitive streak in you. You want to get that guy out there,' said Josh Hamilton, who was 0 for 3. ``Even though he is having a phenomenal night, you want to hit it hard somewhere, or barrel it up, if they make a play, they make a play, tip your hat. He did a good job.'

Except for the seventh, Wilson pitched well enough to give the Angels what would have been a welcome sweep and four-game winning streak. They had lost five of seven before the series and won the first two in Chicago but fell Sunday to 10 games behind in the AL West.

``We need to carry some of the things we did well in this series forward,' manager Mike Scioscia said. ``I think if there is one thing we saw in this series, is that we have the ability to pitch well and I think we have to carry that forward.'

For their part, the White Sox would like to prolong what happened Sunday.

Sale was eight outs away from the White Sox's 19th no-hitter in team history and their fourth perfect game after Philip Humber (2012), Mark Buehrle (2009) and Charles Robertson (1922).

The 24-year-old said he started thinking about a perfect game or no-hitter around the fourth or the fifth, but didn't sound disappointed with the one-hitter.

``I didn't wake up this morning and say I'm going to throw a perfect game or a no-hitter,' Sale said. ``I come to the ballpark every day when I'm pitching and say I just want to keep my team in this game and I want to win this game.'

NOTES: Scioscia said there's no timetable for starting pitcher Tommy Hanson's return. Hanson was placed on the restricted list on Friday. ... Ventura gave DH/1B Adam Dunn ``a day off.' Dunn is hitting .137 overall, including .105 against left-handers. ... Angels shortstop Erick Aybar missed his third straight game with a tight right hamstring suffered Thursday against Houston. Scioscia said Aybar might be available Monday. ... White Sox LHP John Danks threw 101 pitches over six innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte. Danks will make another rehab start May 18 at Triple-A before the White Sox will determine whether to bring him back. Danks hasn't pitched this season after being placed on the disabled list last May 25. ... On Monday, the White Sox's Hector Santiago (1-1, 1.69) will face the Twins' Pedro Hernandez (1-0, 5.96) in Minneapolis, while the Angels' Joe Blanton (0-6, 5.66) is scheduled to pitch against Kansas City's Luis Mendoza (0-2, 6.38). ... Ventura became the 27th White Sox manager to win 100 games.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Angels at White Sox
Fri, May 10 Final 7 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Angels at White Sox
Sat, May 11 Final 3 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Angels at White Sox
Sun, May 12 Final 0 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAA  +115   -185   7.5 
 CHW  -125   +165   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAA  +115   -180   7.5 
 CHW  -125   +160   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 LAA  55%   22%   67% 
 CHW  45%   78%   33% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 11, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 3 Cover: +100 
 CHW 2 Under: 5 
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 May 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 7 Cover: +105 
 CHW 5 Over: 12 
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 Mar 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 LAA 11 Cover: +110 
 CHW 5 Over: 16 
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 Mar 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 4 Over: 16 
 LAA 12 Cover: +100 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Sunday, May 12
 
    Indians at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Pirates at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Red Sox
1:35 PM EDT
    Cubs at Nationals
1:35 PM EDT
    Padres at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
    Yankees at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Orioles at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Cardinals
2:15 PM EDT
    Braves at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Athletics at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Dodgers
4:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Angels at White Sox
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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