CHICAGO (AP) - The White Sox couldn't have asked for more from Chris Sale. The problem was they couldn't touch Zack Greinke.
Greinke pitched three-hit ball over nine innings, Rickie Weeks drove in the lone run with a single in the 10th and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Chicago 1-0 on Friday night.
``Obviously, when a guy like that's on the mound it's going to be a little bit tighter and you've got to be a little bit sharper,' Sale said.
He was about as good as could be expected.
So was Greinke, and the Brewers finally pulled out a close win after dropping five of the previous nine by one run, thanks to one clutch hit by Weeks.
Aramis Ramirez led off by lining his second double of the game down the left-field line against Jesse Crain (1-1). Nyjer Morgan ran for him and advanced on a wild pitch before Weeks drove a single past a diving third baseman Orlando Hudson to make it 1-0 and sent the White Sox to their seventh loss in nine games.
John Axford came on in the 10th and got his 13th save in 17 chances after blowing three of his previous five opportunities. He walked Gordon Beckham leading off, but struck out Adam Dunn before Paul Konerko grounded into a double play to end the game.
That gave Greinke (8-2) the win on a night when Sale pitched eight scoreless innings for the second time in three starts.
Greinke struck out four and walked one. The only hits he allowed were singles by Alex Rios in the fifth, Beckham in the seventh and A.J. Pierzynski in the eighth, and the White Sox hit into double plays in each of those innings.
``Greinke just had great control,' Chicago's Alexei Ramirez said through an interpreter. ``It was just one of those where he came very prepared and when he's like that it's hard to try to get a hit.'
Sale was about as dominant, striking out seven and walking one.
``I see why his record (8-2) and his ERA (2.24) are where they are,' Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. ``He's really funky along with great stuff.'
White Sox manager Robin Ventura was impressed by both starters.
``You're looking at two pitchers that were ... just moving it in and out, back and forth,' he said. ``I think both of them were doing that all night. It's not just one pitch that they have.'
The only serious threat against him was when Weeks doubled with one out in the fifth and advanced on a wild pitch. He got out of it by striking out Cody Ransom and Martin Maldonado.
Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth for Chicago thanks to two neat plays by Hudson at third. He made a leaping catch on Norichika Aoki's liner leading off and ranged far to his left on Carlos Gomez's grounder before Ryan Braun struck out.
Both teams were busy before the game.
The Brewers signed veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez to a one-year contract, after he was released by Atlanta.
The White Sox placed pitcher Philip Humber on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right elbow flexor and designated outfielder Kosuke Fukudome for assignment.
``Obviously, having Phil go down, that's a big blow,' Sale said. ``We love having him in there on the mound and what he brings to our team is great.'
NOTES: With Humber out, manager Robin Ventura said Dylan Axelrod will start Saturday against Randy Wolf. ... The White Sox purchased the contract of right-hander Brian Bruney from Triple-A Charlotte.
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