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CWS@MIN: Sale fans eight over seven to earn ninth win

When the White Sox conclude their series against the Astros on Wednesday night, Chris Sale will look to get back on track while Adam Dunn will simply try to keep doing what he has been doing.

Dunn went 0-for-4 on Tuesday, but he is hitting .294 with 17 home runs and 48 RBIs since June 8.

"I think there has been a progression to that," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Again, we are looking at teams starting to play a little more straight up than the big shift that everybody has done before. He can still hit homers like he did [Monday night]. I just think it makes him a bigger threat because he has the power to go the other way."

Sale is coming off a very rough outing against the Rangers in which he gave up eight earned runs, eight hits and four home runs in seven innings.

Sale did not give up an earned run in either of his two career starts against the Astros, but Houston is playing some of its best baseball of the season, despite Tuesday night's loss.

The Astros are 7-7 over their last 14 games and will hand the ball to Jarred Cosart for the series finale.

The rookie has a 1.60 ERA, which is the lowest by a starter through his first seven starts in franchise history.

"Just keep building on it," Cosart said. "I had a good bullpen the other day with [pitching coach Doug Brocail] and have been working on pretty much the same stuff since I got here. It's all about putting it together and being consistent."

Astros: Martinez optioned
To make room for Paul Clemens, who made his first Major League start on Tuesday, the Astros optioned David Martinez to Triple-A Oklahoma.

Martinez, a right-hander, recorded his first career win Monday. Over two outings, a span of 5 1/3 innings, Martinez allowed four runs (three earned).

"I was impressed with the fact he came into the game and didn't fare so well in the first inning and went back out and kept the game right there and gave the offense a chance to hit two big home runs and the bullpen chance to close it out late," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "He did a tremendous job, and I think we'll be seeing him back here when the Triple-A playoffs are over."

White Sox: Garcia's first start
Leury Garcia, the player to be named in the Alex Rios trade, made his first start as a member of the White Sox on Tuesday night.

Garcia played second base and batted ninth. On Wednesday, Ventura expects Garcia to start at shortstop.

"He feels comfortable playing in the outfield," Ventura said. "It's valuable to have a guy that versatile to be able to move him around the infield in case something happens."

Worth noting
• The Astros are 4-2 against the White Sox this season.

• Arizona Fall League rosters were released Tuesday. The White Sox have six prospects representing their organization, and the Astros have eight.

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