Midway through his postgame media session at Fenway Park, White Sox right-hander Scott Carroll playfully swapped out one baseball cap sporting the #TargetSale slogan for another with a similar message.

The White Sox had some fun lobbying for Chris Sale in the All-Star Game's Final Vote fan balloting contest for much of Monday, wearing red T-shirts in support of the left-hander and tweeting out pleas for fan votes.

Carroll then maintained the light-hearted mood Monday night, pitching one of his best games since his major league debut April 27 to help the White Sox open a four-game series against the Red Sox with a 4-0 victory.

Carroll pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, walking two and striking out five. Javy Guerra and Zach Putnam allowed just one more Red Sox hit as the team shut out an opponent for the second straight day.

Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo each homered off Clay Buchholz to provide all the offense the White Sox needed.

"From the very beginning, even the first batter, I could tell that my ball was going to be low and I was able to make pitches early on," Carroll said. "My sinker was really good. To be able to throw four seams in, two seams against the lefties helped out a lot."

More than three weeks earlier, Carroll had been the target of a prank in which Sale wrote Carroll's cellphone number on an erasable marker Doodle Hat similar to the ones Carroll wore Monday night. Carroll hadn't much had an occasion to goof around postgame since then, allowing 12 runs over 11 innings in two games since his return to the rotation.

But Monday was a different story, as he allowed just three baserunners. His performance brought White Sox starters' ERA to 0.72 during the last run through the rotation.