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Sale combines on 5-hitter, leads Sox over Rays

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  • Associated PressAdam Dunn celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

      Associated PressAdam Dunn celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

 
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CHICAGO -- Chris Sale overcame a shaky first inning to combine with two relievers on a five-hitter and Adam Dunn homered to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 Thursday night.

Desmond Jennings walked leading off the game and scored and scored on Evan Longoria's single, but Sale (2-2) settled down and won for the first time since opening day. He allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, struck out seven and worked around four walks.

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Sale has 31 strikeouts in five appearances against the Rays. He is 11-3 with a 2.26 ERA at home in 17 starts dating to the beginning of the 2012 season.

Matt Lindstrom worked a scoreless eighth, then Addison Reed pitched the ninth for his seventh save in seven chances for Chicago.

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