- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Joe Girardi didn’t want to hear about the other team’s starting pitcher after the New York Yankees got shut down again.

He wanted more from his offense.

Chris Sale retired 18 of 19 batters over six scoreless innings in his return from an arm injury, and the Chicago White Sox beat New York 3-2 on Thursday night.

“We’ve ran against three pretty good starting pitchers, but I know we’re capable of hitting better than this,” Girardi said.

The Yankees managed just one single against Sale in this game after getting shut down while splitting the previous two against the Cubs on the North Side. They rallied late to win 4-2 in 13 innings on Wednesday after Jeff Samardzija through seven shutout innings against them and did little against Jason Hammel in a 6-1 loss on Tuesday.

Against Sale, they had an even rougher time.

The left-hander set down the first 17 hitters after missing more than a month because of a flexor strain in his pitching arm, and Chicago hung on after New York’s Mark Teixeira singled in two runs against Ronald Belisario in the ninth.

The White Sox couldn’t have asked for more of their ace.

An All-Star the past two seasons, Sale (4-0) struck out 10 and didn’t even come close to allowing a runner until Zoilo Almonte - a .167 hitter entering the game - lined a single to center with two out in the sixth.

Sale then struck out Jacoby Ellsbury and called it a night after throwing 86 pitches.

“I don’t think I was ever more excited to give up a hit in my life,” he said. “(Manager Robin Ventura) said the same thing, ‘You picked a bad night to do something like that.’ It was all in fun, we were just joking around.”

Sale would have been finished after six, perfect game or not. The White Sox weren’t about to stretch their best pitcher after about a five-week layoff, and he insisted he would not have lobbied to stay in even if it was still going.

Zach Putnam retired the side in the seventh, and Daniel Webb worked a perfect eighth before Belisario nearly blew it in the ninth.

He gave up a one-out single to pinch hitter Ichiro Suzuki and walked Derek Jeter. After the runners moved up on a passed ball, Teixeira drove them in with a single up the middle. Belisario then struck out Alfonso Soriano looking at a 3-2 pitch up and in for his second save in three attempts.

“I know the umpire, they have a tough job, it’s not easy being an umpire,” Soriano said. “That ball is up and in. I never said anything to the umpire, but that pitch is a ball.”

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