While the Oakland Athletics continue to surge, the Chicago White Sox have not won since moving back to .500 last weekend.
The A's look to extend their home winning streak to seven games while trying to hand the White Sox a fifth consecutive defeat Saturday.
Bartolo Colon tossed a five-hitter and Josh Reddick came off the disabled list to deliver a tiebreaking double as Oakland (32-24) scored all its runs in the eighth inning for a 3-0 win over Chicago on Friday. Coco Crisp added a two-run single to help the A's win for the 12th time in 14 games.
Oakland has not won seven straight at home since a 10-game run Aug. 11-Sept. 1, 2006.
Reddick, on the DL since May 8 with a sprained wrist, hit the second of consecutive doubles in the eighth inning. The A's managed two hits through seven before recording three in the eighth.
After setting career highs with 32 homers and 85 RBIs for the A's last season, Reddick was batting .158 with a home run and 15 RBIs in 30 games this year. He simply wants to contribute as much as he can and help Oakland continue its current success."I just hope I don't screw anything up," he said. "Those guys have done a heck of a job without me, on the DL and with me not playing and producing. I just hope I can come in here and jump on this train and keep it going. Not necessarily driving it, just jump on the back cart and keep it going."
Crisp, meanwhile, has hit .349 (15 for 43) with eight RBIs in 11 games to raise his average from .257 to .283.
Scheduled Oakland starter Dan Straily (3-2, 5.08 ERA) was 0-2 with an 8.84 ERA in his first previous four starts, but has allowed a run and six hits over 13 innings to win two in a row. He gave up that run and four hits over six in Monday's 4-1 victory over San Francisco."I worked a lot quicker. Really, that's the pitcher I am," he said. "I was finally able to break through that and be myself - work quick, fill up the strike zone."I've always said I'm a strike thrower and not a strikeout pitcher. That's what I truly believe."
This will be the right-hander's first appearance against the White Sox (24-28), who have been outscored 27-6 and shut out twice while dropping four straight since reaching .500 for the first time since April 10."It seems like it's kind of been a theme this year - our pitching's kept us in pretty much every ballgame except a few all year, and we're just not able to get anything going offensively," Adam Dunn said. "We've got to find a way to get on base somehow, someway and start creating things."
Right fielder Alex Rios is 2 for 23 in six contests since he batted .375 during an 18-game hitting streak.
Chicago's Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.75) takes the mound after he allowed four runs for the second time in three starts. On Monday, he lasted six innings as his teammates managed two hits during a 7-0 loss to the Cubs.
The left-hander gave up six hits and struck out 14 over 13 2-3 scoreless innings to go 1-0 in his first two road starts of 2013, but has yielded 11 runs and 20 hits over 16 2-3 frames while not factoring in the decision of his last three away from home.
Quintana has never faced Oakland, which has won eight of 12 at home from the White Sox.
|Chicago White Sox|
|May 22, 2013||Chris Sale||Day-to-Day||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|May 02, 2013||Dewayne Wise||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|May 02, 2013||Jake Peavy||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|April 28, 2013||Gavin Floyd||60-Day DL||Right elbow surgery - out for season|
|April 22, 2013||Hector Gimenez||Day-to-Day||Left shin|
|April 19, 2013||Dayan Viciedo||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 07, 2013||Josh Reddick||15-Day DL||Sprained right wrist|
|May 07, 2013||Josh Reddick||15-Day DL||Sprained right wrist|
|May 06, 2013||Jarrod Parker||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained neck|
|May 01, 2013||Brett Anderson||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle|
|May 01, 2013||Brett Anderson||15-Day DL||Right foot stress fracture|
|April 30, 2013||Chris Young||15-Day DL||Strained left quad|
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick is accustomed to hitting his teammates with whipped-cream pies in the face quickly after game-ending plays.
Reddick was happy to finally be on the receiving end of one in his second game back from the disabled list - even if it took a bit longer than usual to get there.
Reddick drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning to force in the winning run and lift Oakland to a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, then waited near the A's dugout until Coco Crisp sneaked up from behind and delivered the long-anticipated pie in Reddick's face.
"They don't know how to do it right," said Reddick, who had two hits. "I'm usually pretty quick about it. I talked to Coco and he said he didn't know how to do it. He went to three different exits."
Reddick's first career game-ending walk off Hector Santiago capped what might have otherwise been a frustrating day for Oakland.
The A's had 16 hits, stranded 18 runners overall and failed to score after loading the bases with no outs in the ninth before scoring the game-winner off Santiago (1-4).
Chris Young , who had two hits, started the rally with a one-out double. After Yoenis Cespedes was intentionally walked, Josh Donaldson drew a free pass from Santiago to load the bases. Brandon Moss then lined out to second before Reddick walked on five pitches.
"You keep putting guys on base and somebody's going to score at some point," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "It took a little longer than usual today, and it was painful at times. But at the end of the day, it's a win."
Jed Lowrie matched his career high of four hits for the A's, who have won seven straight at home and 13 of 15 overall.
Jerry Blevins (4-0) retired one batter to get the win after Melvin emptied his bullpen following a stellar effort by starter Dan Straily .
Straily struck out eight in six innings and left with a 3-1 lead before Chicago scored two runs in the seventh to tie it.
Alejandro De Aza had two hits and two RBIs for the White Sox, who have lost five straight.
"There was progress, if there's a silver lining to it, but then again we're here to win games," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "It was a high-wire act for Hector ... but as far as fighting back, you like what you see out of the offense."
Cespedes doubled in Lowrie in the first, then Young snapped an 0-for-19 streak with an RBI single in the second to put the A's up 2-0.
After De Aza doubled and scored on Adam Dunn 's single in the third, Oakland made it 3-1 when Donaldson hit a one-out single and scored on Nate Freiman 's triple in the fifth. It came after Chicago starter Jose Quintana was called for a balk when he stumbled off the mound and dropped the ball during his windup.
Oakland had runners on in each of the next four innings but failed to score.
"I don't see it as bittersweet," Reddick said of Oakland's lack of production with runners in scoring position. "Tomorrow we may hit five hits and score seven runs."
Quintana left after giving up a one-out double to Lowrie in the sixth. The left-hander walked three and struck out four.
The White Sox, shut out a day earlier by 40-year-old Bartolo Colon , couldn't get much going against Straily but broke through against the A's bullpen in the seventh.
Jeff Keppinger singled off reliever Sean Doolittle and took third on Hector Gimenez 's double. De Aza followed with a sharp two-run single to drive in both runs and tie the game at 3-all.
Donaldson reached on an infield single leading off the ninth against Nate Jones . Santiago relieved Jones and walked Moss, then gave up a bunt single to Reddick. Santiago got Derek Norris to ground into a 6-2-3 double play, then later fanned Eric Sogard to end the jam.
It was a rough day all around for the slumping White Sox.
Designated hitter Paul Konerko struck out twice before leaving the game with a stiff neck. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez also appeared to injure his lower back after bumping into left fielder Dayan Viciedo chasing down a popup by Cespedes also in the sixth but stayed in the game.
NOTES: Oakland is 9-1 in games decided in the final at-bat. ... Quintana, who tied for second in the AL with 15 no-decisions in 2012, already has six this season. ... Chicago LHP Chris Sale (5-2) takes a 23-inning scoreless streak into Sunday's series finale. ... Oakland RHP Jarrod Parker (3-6) will make just his second career start against the White Sox.