Chris Sale didn’t want the conditions to affect his start.

They didn’t at first but later led to his early departure in a 2-1 White Sox victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Sale was outstanding again but even he couldn’t outlast a 1-hour, 58-minute rain delay in between the third and fourth innings.

“Usually when you get over the 45-minute mark it’s tough to go back out there,” Sale said. “Once we got to 45, 50 minutes I knew I wasn’t going back out there.”

The Indians had to feel pretty fortunate as Sale needed only 40 pitches to retire nine of the first 10 batters he faced, including four strikeouts. On the heels a one-hit, 10-strikeout showing, Sale came out firing and Cleveland’s offense looked as if it were in for a long night despite rainy conditions.

A steady rain expected earlier in the evening -- first pitch was delayed for 41 minutes -- arrived in the second inning. But Sale pitched through it as he only walked one batter over three scoreless.