The Oakland Athletics ' starting rotation still looks every bit as tough as it was in a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox last week.
Those pitchers get another shot at Chicago, which hopes its offensive struggles come to an end after concluding an otherwise miserable road trip on a high note.
Oakland's starters look to keep rolling Thursday night as the A's visit the White Sox in the opener of a four-game series.
The Athletics (36-25) were two games below .500 before winning 16 of 19. Dominant pitching has helped key the surge, with starters posting a 12-2 record and 2.44 ERA while allowing 10 homers in 125 2-3 innings.
They combined to hold Chicago to one run and 13 hits over 21 1-3 innings last weekend in Oakland and didn't let up in taking two of three in Milwaukee. Starters held the Brewers to three runs over 21 innings, with Bartolo Colon allowing one over seven in a 6-1 win Wednesday.
"When you get on streaks like that, it means you're doing something right," manager Bob Melvin told the A's official website. "Not just on the pitching end but the offensive end."
The White Sox (25-32) avoided their first nine-game losing streak in nearly 22 years Wednesday, managing a 7-5 victory in 16 innings at Seattle. The Mariners matched Chicago's five-run 14th, but Alejandro De Aza provided the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the 16th. It was the first major league game in which both clubs finished with five or more runs after being scoreless through nine.
Chicago's five runs in the 14th were more than the club scored in any game during the skid, and the White Sox have 22 runs over the last nine.
"We're all too exhausted right now to relish it," second baseman Gordon Beckham said. "But when you're down, you've got an eight-game losing streak, and you're battling and what happens in the 14th happened it's like, 'How can it get any worse?' ... We battled and hopefully it does enough for us to get going back in the right direction."
Oakland starter Dan Straily (3-2, 4.60 ERA) will try to keep the White Sox's bats quiet, much like he did Saturday as he allowed one run and six hits in six innings while not receiving a decision in a 4-3 win.
The right-hander is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA in his last three starts, and a reduction in walks has helped key that success. Straily has issued one free pass in those games after yielding 12 over 19 1-3 innings while going 0-2 with an 8.84 ERA in his previous four starts.
"It's a lot harder to hit when you have strikes on you, at least that's what I've heard," Straily told the team's official website.
Straily will be matched up against the same White Sox starter from last weekend's game in Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86). The left-hander gave up a season-high 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings while not factoring in the decision and has a 5.56 ERA in his last two starts.
"(Quintana) was in and out," manager Robin Ventura said Saturday. "He never evened out."
Oakland's game Wednesday was tied at 1-all until the A's scored five times in the seventh, highlighted by a three-run homer from Brandon Moss , who was hitting .132 with 21 strikeouts over his previous 21 games. With the White Sox expected to roll out a left-handed starter for all four games, rookie Nate Freiman could get a majority of the playing time at first base over Moss.
Freiman is batting .340 against lefties while Moss is hitting .167 with 22 strikeouts in 42 at-bats.
"Moss will be getting some at-bats against left-handers," Melvin said. "He's going to get hot again. There's no doubt about it. ... But based on the fact Freiman has done well against left-handed pitching, he's going to get the brunt of the at-bats."
|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|
|Chicago White Sox|
|June 04, 2013||Jake Peavy||Day-to-Day||Left game - Rib pain|
|May 30, 2013||Dewayne Wise||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|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|
CHICAGO (AP) -- A native Chicagoan who was a Cubs fan, Adam Rosales took a little extra satisfaction Thursday night when he homered in the 10th inning.
Rosale's two-out homer helped lift the Oakland Athletics to a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.
"It feels really special," Rosales said. "I had family in the stands and a lot of friends. I grew up a Cubs fan, I grew up coming here when it was Comiskey (Park). Just to play on this field is a great opportunity, and to do that is just unbelievable to me."
Rosales' fourth homer of the season came off White Sox reliever Matt Thornton (0-2), one of a season-high four homers for the A's.
Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes hit two home runs for the second time in three games. Josh Reddick also connected. All four longballs were solo shots.
A's reliever Jerry Blevins (5-0) pitched the ninth for the win, and Grant Balfour gave up one hit in the 10th for his 14th save.
The A's have won six of seven and 17 of 20. Oakland is 12-2 during a 17-day stretch without a day off.
"The guys have just been awesome, they've been playing really well, a great team chemistry, guys coming up big and getting big hits and pitchers keeping us in the ballgame," Rosales said. "It's been a great start to the season."
Oakland right fielder Reddick had two of the biggest plays of the night.
In the bottom of the fifth, he threw out Chicago's Tyler Flowers trying to score from second on Alejandro De Aza's single to right. Had Flowers scored, that would have been Chicago's fifth run.
"Nobody's really challenged my arm this year," Reddick said. "That's one thing I take pride in, that's the best part of my game on defense, throwing guys out. For them to actually try that made me feel really good that there are some guys that are going to try and run on that."
And Reddick's homer in the seventh tied it 4-all.
"It's hard to pick one," Reddick said when asked which play was more crucial. "They're both equally as important. The throw-out saves a run and if that run scores, we lose in the ninth.
"And, obviously, if you don't hit the home run, we don't go into extra innings and win the ballgame," Reddick added. "It's harder to pick one. You've got to look at them both the same way and look at them as saving the ballgame."
The White Sox have lost nine of their last 10 games and have been outscored 47-26 in their last nine games. Chicago has lost all four games against Oakland this season.
"We need to start winning some games or we might be saying bye to some people in July," White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham said. "Hopefully, we can start winning and get a streak going."
White Sox starter Jose Quintana went 7 2-3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. He did not walk a batter but gave up three home runs.
Oakland starter Dan Straily pitched seven innings, gave up four runs on six hits, walked two and struck out three.
"I thought (Straily) pitched really well and I think his confidence has gotten to a point where he can give up some runs and still stay with it," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Whereas earlier in the season it might have snowballed or cratered on him a little bit. It was impressive."
After Straily retired the first seven batters he faced, the White Sox scored three runs in the bottom of the third.
Beckham singled to center, but was forced at second when Flowers hit into a fielder's choice. De Aza doubled down the right field line, scoring Flowers.
Alexei Ramirez 's bloop single to short center scored De Aza. Ramirez then stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch by Straily and scored on Alex Rios ' single to center.
The A's broke up Quintana's perfect game with two outs in the fourth when Cespedes drove a 1-1 pitch into the left-center stands to make it 3-1.
Oakland closed the gap to 3-2 in the top of the fifth when Nate Freiman led off with a single to center and scored on Rosales' double just inside the third base line.
Beckham led off the fifth with a walk, Flowers' double pushed Beckett to third and De Aza singled to score Beckham.
Oakland again closed Chicago's lead to one run in the sixth when Cespedes hit his second homer of the game - and 13th this year - a one-out drive to right-center.
The A's tied it at 4 in the seventh on Reddick's longball to right field, his second of the season.
The White Sox played without manager Robin Ventura , who was excused from Thursday and Friday's games to attend his daughter's graduation in California. Bench coach Mark Parent filled in for Ventura on Thursday, while pitching coach Don Cooper will manage Friday.
NOTES: Prior to the game, the White Sox placed right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 5) with a broken rib. ... The 12 combined extra-inning runs scored by the White Sox and Mariners in Wednesday's 16-inning marathon tied the American league record for the fourth time, the most recently occurring in 1983. ... Brandon Moss 's three-run homer in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game at Milwaukee was the 12,000th homer in A's team history. . Former NBA star and Fox Sports TV personality John Salley threw out the first pitch. ... Attendance was 21,156. ... Friday's starters will be Oakland's Jarrod Parker (4-6, 4.90) vs. Chicago's Chris Sale (5-3, 2.44). The White Sox are scheduled to start four left-handers in a series for the first time since July 21-24, 1980, against the Royals in Kansas City.