White Sox beat A’s 6-1 for 12th straight home win
CHICAGO (AP) – Lucas Harrell pitched six strong innings in his major league debut, Dayan Viciedo had three hits, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 6-1 Friday night to get their 12th straight win at home.
Gordon Beckham also had two hits and drove in two runs for the AL Central-leading White Sox, who are 19-1 at home since June 9. With the win, Chicago moved to a season-high 14 games over .500.
Before the game, the White Sox acquired right-hander Edwin Jackson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Friday night’s scheduled starter Daniel Hudson and prospect David Holmberg.
After losing two out of three games to at Oakland last weekend, the White Sox have won five in a row and have their longest home-winning streak since they a 13-game stretch July 1-Aug. 5, 1989.
With Hudson traded in the afternoon, the White Sox purchased the contract of Harrell (1-0) from Triple-A Charlotte. The 24-year old right-hander, 9-9 with a 4.24 ERA for Charlotte, got out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning and then coasted behind a strong offense for his first victory. He allowed one run on four hits and pitched around five walks with one strikeout.
Kurt Suzuki had two hits for Oakland who have lost three of its last four after going 9-2 in its previous 11 games.
Oakland starter Brett Anderson (2-2), who made his first start since June 3, gave upfive runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings. Anderson was activated from the disabled list before the game with left elbow soreness. Inflammation in his pitching elbow has limited Anderson to three starts since April 24.
In the first inning, Juan Pierre led off with a bouncer to shortstop Cliff Pennington, who fielded the ball on the run near second base and bobbled it, allowing Pierre to reach safely with a hit. Pierre then stole second and scored on Alex Rios’ single to give Harrell and the White Sox an early lead.
Harrell got into trouble in the second inning. He walked leadoff hitter Mark Ellis, but retired the next two batters. He then walked Pennington and followed with another walk to Coco Crisp on four straight pitches to load the bases. Harrell’s night was nearly ruined when Daric Barton lifted a long fly ball to center, but Rios hovered under just a step from the center-field wall and made the catch.
Ellis led off the fourth with a single and moved to second and third on a pair of infield grounders. He then scored after Pennington hit a liner off the mitt of Harrell to tie the score.
The White Sox regained the lead in the fourth as Paul Konerko led off with a double to center and scored on A.J. Pierzynski’s single. Viciedo followed with a double off the wall in center advancing Pierzynksi to third. Pierzynski scored on Andruw Jones’ infield groundout and Viciedo scored on Beckham’s single to make it 4-1.
Beckham gave the White Sox an insurance run in the sixth with an RBI single and Alexei Ramirez scored on Konerko’s sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Jackson gives Chicago a solid addition to its rotation, which is missing injured right-hander Jake Peavy, the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Jackson is scheduled to start Wednesday at Detroit.
Jackson was 6-10 with a 5.16 ERA in 21 starts for the Diamondbacks this year, coming off an All-Star season in which he went 13-9 with a 3.62 ERA in 33 starts covering 214 innings for Detroit.
NOTES: Before the game, the Athletics placed closer Andrew Bailey on the disabled list with a strained right rib cage muscle. Bailey, coming off his second All-Star appearance in as many years, hasn’t pitched since July 20 with the injury. He has 20 saves in 23 opportunities with a 1.56 ERA. The club expects him back Aug. 6 against the Rangers. … Jackson issued eight walks in his 149-pitch no-hitter against the Rays on June 25, and averages more than four walks per nine innings, well above the league average.