OAKLAND, Calif.(AP) Now that they've proven they can win in Oakland, the
Chicago White Sox
are hoping to make believers out of the rest of the American League.
pitched seven strong innings and the
beat the Athletics 8-1 on Saturday for their third straight road win after managing just five all of July.
''Every time we come here something happens, we're not playing well. Hopefully this thing will turn around and we start to
said. ''The way we started this road trip, it could have been pretty ugly.''
Chicago dropped two of three to Seattle earlier in the week before heading south to Oakland, where the
had lost 28 of 36 games since 2001. They won in 10 innings on Friday night and backed that up with a workmanlike victory less
than 24 hours later.
In doing so, Chicago put to rest an eight-year skid at the Oakland Coliseum and, more importantly, kept pace with Detroit
in the AL Central.
are also on the cusp of just their fourth series sweep of the season and their first on the road since a three-game set in
Cleveland from June 29-August 1.
''The bottom line is we want to stay healthy,'' said Thome, who hit his 563rd homer in the ninth to tie
for 12th on the all-time list. ''The organization has put this club in a situation to compete for a title. That's a special
and A.J. Pierzynksi had two hits apiece while
added a two-run single in the sixth, when Chicago scored three runs to break the game open.
The A's couldn't get out of the hole left by
(4-3) and dropped their second straight to the
after taking three of four at U.S. Cellular Field in June.
The young lefty, who hadn't lost since June 30, gave up six runs on six hits and issued a career-high six walks in five-plus
innings. The victory guaranteed the
a series win against Oakland, which had won its previous three series.
''Some pitches I was able to execute well, and others I couldn't,'' Gonzalez said. ''It's not like I was missing the strike
zone by a mile. I was missing by a hair.
''Six walks, you can't hide that.''
tied his career high with five hits for Oakland, which lost for the third time in four games thanks to a gritty effort by
Chicago's right-hander, who entered the game with a sub-.500 record and a 5.76 ERA on the road while going 5-2 with a 2.38
ERA at home, scattered eight hits and limited the damage with eight strikeouts against Oakland. Floyd (10-7) got the A's to
hit into two double plays, gave up one run and walked two.
He got plenty of support from his teammates, including Thome's homer leading off the ninth.
''Every time this guy hits a home run it's history,'' Guillen said. ''One thing about Jimmy is he's really humble. If it was
me, I guarantee you everybody in the stadium would know I (tied)
Nix homered off Gonzalez with one out in the third, a two-run shot that hit off the foul pole in left. Chicago scored two
more off Gonzalez in the fourth, then chased the left-hander with three runs in the sixth.
A day after
let an early six-run lead slip away before the
held on for an extra-innings win, Floyd slammed the door on nearly every Oakland uprising. He gave up a two-out RBI double
in the fourth but stranded five runners in scoring position.
That allowed Guillen to save his bullpen after Chicago's relievers pitched 5 2-3 scoreless innings Friday.
worked an inning apiece to finish it.
Kennedy had four singles and a double while going 5 for 5 for the second time this season. He joined former A's third baseman
as the only players in franchise history to have two five-hit games in the same season. Bando did it in 1969.
NOTES: Guillen reiterated his stance that Contreras will remain in Chicago's starting rotation. ... The
plan to have
pitch against Kansas City on Tuesday. ... The A's didn't steal a base for the first time in 11 games, the longest streak by
the team since 1988.