Athletics’ DeJesus gets 1,000th hit
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – David DeJesus put in a tough workout in the weight room after a good day at the plate. He’s not going to rest now that he has 1,000 career hits to his record.
DeJesus lined a two-run triple for No. 1,000, Tyson Ross took a shutout into the sixth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2 on Saturday.
“It’s crazy, you know. This game is tough,” DeJesus said. “Getting up here is tough and staying up here is tougher, and it shows that I’m able to put my time in and actually do the job to keep getting the chance to play every day. I’m proud of it.”
Cliff Pennington, Daric Barton and Kurt Suzuki also drove in runs for the A’s. Josh Willingham, who served a one-game suspension Friday night, added two hits.
Ross (3-2) gave up two runs on six hits over 7 1-3 innings. The 24-year-old righty struck out a career-high eight and walked one. He put together back-to-back victories for the first time in the majors.
“I’m learning it’s not about how hard you throw, but how you execute a pitch,” Ross said. “I felt pretty strong the whole way. I had a good feel for my slider and that helped everything.”
Paul Konerko homered and Adam Dunn doubled twice for the White Sox, who lost for the second time in seven games.
“Ross threw the ball well,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “We’ve only seen him out of the bullpen once, but today he was good. I don’t know how they do it; they find pitchers everywhere. Every time you come to this town, it’s just one after another after another. It’s always been like that. Every time you come to Oakland, you’re going to face good pitching.”
Gavin Floyd (4-3) allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, his shortest start since last Sept. 24 when he hurt his shoulder before throwing a pitch against the A’s.
Kevin Kouzmanoff doubled in the second and scored on Pennington’s single. Barton’s sacrifice fly made it 2-0.
In the fifth, DeJesus hit his second triple in as many days, and his third of the season, for a 4-0 lead. Suzuki followed with a single, ending Floyd’s afternoon.
“I was struggling right out of the gate,” Floyd said. “The ball was up and I tried everything I could to bring the ball down in the strike zone.”
Floyd allowed as many runs in this game as he had in 34 previous innings against the A’s. He fell to 3-1 in seven starts against Oakland.
“Gavin was struggling the whole game,” Guillen said. “He was driving the wrong way, almost the whole game, against traffic. He had a tough time finding the plate and being consistent.”
Konerko’s home run ended Ross’ streak of 34 1-3 innings without giving up a long ball. Konerko surpassed Rocky Colavito for 67th on the career homers list with 375.