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

Chris Sale retired 18 of 19 batters last night in six innings of work (Getty Images).
Chris Sale retired 18 of 19 batters last night in six innings of work (Getty Images).
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The left-hander retired the first 17 hitters after missing more than a month because of a flexor strain in his pitching arm, and Chicago hung on after Mark Teixeira singled in two runs against Ronald Belisario in the ninth.

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.

David Phelps (1-1) was a tough-luck loser for New York, allowing two runs over seven innings.