The Chicago White Sox will have had three different managers in as many days, and all of them could be hard-pressed to find a way to slow down the Oakland Athletics .
Oakland seeks an 18th victory in 21 games while trying to remain unbeaten against the White Sox this season Friday night.
Chicago manager Robin Ventura won't be on the bench until Saturday as he attends his daughter's graduation, and bench coach Mark Parent , who led the team Thursday, will give way to pitching coach Don Cooper on Friday as Parent attends his son's graduation.
Oakland, which has outscored opponents 96-51 while winning 17 of 20, has taken all four matchups with the White Sox after sweeping a three-game series last weekend."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."
The last-place White Sox (25-33), in contrast, continue to struggle. They beat Seattle 7-5 in 16 innings Wednesday to end their eight-game losing streak but blew a three-run lead Thursday.
Alejandro De Aza had three hits and Alexei Ramirez drove in two runs for Chicago, which had won six of its previous eight at home."We need to start winning some games or we might be saying bye to some people in July," second baseman Gordon Beckham said. "Hopefully, we can start winning and get a streak going."
The White Sox will turn to Chris Sale , who continues to be one of their few bright spots.
Sale (5-3, 2.44 ERA) gave up one run and four hits in six innings but suffered a 2-0 loss to Oakland on Sunday. He's allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven straight outings, posting a 1.41 ERA in that stretch.
His 28-inning scoreless streak came to an end when Josh Donaldson hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth."I'm glad it's over so we can stop talking about it and get back to normal baseball business," Sale said. "`I just flat out got outpitched by (Jarrod) Parker."
The two hurlers will oppose each other again, as Parker (4-6, 4.90) looks to stay hot after giving up two hits and striking out seven in 6 1-3 innings to beat the White Sox.
The right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.98 ERA over his last four starts, pitching at least six-plus innings in each."It makes our jobs a lot easier," closer Grant Balfour said. "Parker's been on a little roll here now."
In his only appearance against the White Sox, Parker allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings of a 5-4 victory April 25, 2012.
|Alejandro De Aza||3||.333||1||0||0||0||1||.333||1.000||.667|
|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 05, 2013||Jake Peavy||15-Day DL||Fractured rib - out 4-6 weeks|
|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|
CHICAGO (AP) -- A comeback victory with a grand slam, a last-inning homer-saving catch. Just another win for the Oakland Athletics during a run that has put them in first place in the American League West.
Josh Donaldson hit his first career grand slam, Josh Reddick made a homer-saving catch in the ninth inning, and the Athletics rallied from a three-run deficit Friday night for a 4-3 victory over Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox.
"It's a fun run," Oakland right-hander Jarrod Parker said. "I think right now we're putting together complete games and we're playing well in all facets of the game."
Donaldson's ninth home run of the season came in the sixth inning and helped Parker (5-6) earn his fourth win in five decisions.
"He's a really good pitcher, probably one of the best - if not the best - left-handed pitcher in the game," Donaldson said of Sale. "He just put himself in a situation where he kind of had to come at me a little bit.
"I was fortunate enough to get a pitch that I could drive and I was able to hit it out of the park."
Reddick made a leaping catch to take away a home run from Chicago's Conor Gillaspie with one out in the ninth to preserve the win. The White Sox also had a ball Adam Dunn hit die at the warning track in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the A's in the ninth inning.
"I was stunned when Conor's ball didn't go out," said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper , who acted as manager with Robin Ventura in California for his daughter's graduation.
Sale (5-4) hadn't given up more than two earned runs since April 13, and he cruised out to a 3-0 lead through five innings in this one.
In the sixth Adam Rosales singled and, after Coco Crisp struck out, Jed Lowrie singled. Yoenis Cespedes followed with walk, and Donaldson hit a 1-1 pitch for an opposite-field home run to right to give Oakland a 4-3 lead.
"Just shows you how important one pitch can be in a ballgame," Sale said. "Off the bat I figured it was going to be a sac fly or something. It just kept going."
Donaldson had also driven in a run against Sale to help beat him in Oakland 2-0 Sunday.
"He keeps coming up with bigger and bigger hits and his approach is great every time, especially with runners in scoring position," Athletics manager Bob Melvin said of Donaldson. "He's pretty impressive."
The Athletics won for the 18th time in 21 games and the White Sox lost for the 10th time in 11.
Parker beat the White Sox with a seven-inning, five-hit effort. He walked two and struck out four.
Reliever Ryan Cook pitched out of a first-and-second jam with none out in the eighth and Grant Balfour pitched the ninth for his 15th save.
Sale stayed in the game for 118 pitches. He left after striking out Crisp to lead off the eighth. Sale allowed five hits, walked one and struck out six.
"We got our best guy out there, things are looking good - all of sudden they ain't looking so good," Cooper said. "But we did battle back."
The White Sox led 1-0 on Tyler Flowers ' third-inning home run on a 0-2 pitch by Parker.
In the fourth, Dayan Viciedo 's sacrifice fly to left scored Alex Rios , who had singled, stole second when Dunn struck out, and moved to third when catcher Derek Norris threw the ball into center field for an error on the stolen base.
Chicago expanded the lead to 3-0 on a fifth-inning sacrifice fly by Alejandro De Aza, scoring Gordon Beckham . Beckham had led off with a single, moved up on Jordan Danks ' ground out and took third on Flowers' single.
NOTES: The Athletics are now 5-0 on the season against Chicago. ... The grand slam allowed by Sale was the first home run he gave up in five starts. ... Flowers' home run was his fifth, but first in 24 games. He matched a career high with three hits in the game. ... Saturday's starters will be Oakland's Tommy Milone (6-5, 3.91) and Chicago's John Danks (0-2, 5.06). ... The White Sox have a family tie to their third-round pick in Friday's baseball draft, outfielder Jacob May of Coastal Carolina. May is the grandson of former Cincinnati Reds player Lee May . Lee May 's brother is former White Sox first baseman Carlos May .