Sox Extend Home Winning Streak To 12 With 6-1 Victory Over Oakland

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Harrell Throws Six Strong Innings; Beckham Drives In A Pair

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Gordon Beckham had two hits and drove in two runs to support six solid innings from Lucas Harrell in his major league debut as Chicago downed Oakland, 6-1, in the opener of a three-game set.

Harrell (1-0), promoted from Triple-A Charlotte earlier in the day, yielded a lone run on four hits while working around five walks for the White Sox, who have won five in a row.

“I went from thinking I was going to start in Louisville today to pitching in Chicago, so it was definitely a different turn of events for me,” Harrell said.

Paul Konerko chipped in with two hits, a run scored and a run batted in and Dayan Viciedo collected three hits and scored once for Chicago, which extended its winning streak at US Cellular Field to 12 in a row.

Brett Anderson (2-2) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings in his first start since June 3 for the Athletics, who have dropped three out of four.

“My stuff was all right. I felt decent enough — they’re just a good team, playing good at home,” Anderson said.

Juan Pierre opened the home first with a single, stole second base with one out and scored the game’s first run when Alex Rios followed with a base hit.

Oakland tied the game in the fourth after Mark Ellis led off with a single, moved to third base on two groundouts and scored on an infield hit by Cliff Pennington off the glove of Harrell.

The White Sox regained the lead for good in the home half with a trio of runs. Konerko doubled and scored the go-ahead run on an A.J. Pierzynski base hit. Viciedo followed with a double and a ground out by Andruw Jones brought home Pierzynski to make it 3-1. Beckham then came through with a base hit to deliver Viciedo to complete the rally.

Pierzynski and Viciedo put together back-to-back singles with one out in the sixth to chase Anderson from the game.

Brad Ziegler took over and walked Jones to load the bases for Beckham, who singled to right to drive in Pierzynski to push the lead to four. Pierre then lined into an inning-ending double play.

Konerko’s sacrifice fly off Henry Rodriguez in the seventh made it a 6-1 game.

The last time the White Sox claimed 12 straight games at home was July 1- August 5, 1989 when they won 13 in a row…Chicago has won 19 of its last 20 games on home soil…Harrell went 9-9 with 4.24 ERA in 22 starts at Charlotte. He became the first White Sox pitcher to win his first big league start since Kip Wells did it on August 2, 1999 at Detroit…Anderson was removed from his last outing against Boston due to left elbow soreness and was placed on the disabled list the next day…He made four rehabilitation starts in the minor leagues before being activated to start Friday’s game…Oakland also reinstated outfielder Travis Buck from the 60-day disabled list and transferred him to Triple-A Sacramento; placed pitcher Andrew Bailey on the 15-day DL and transferred outfielder Ryan Sweeney to the 60-day DL…The A’s have used the disabled list 84 times since the start of the 2007 season, second only to Texas, which has used it 87 times, over that time span.


After Trade, Sox Welcome A's, Looking For 12th Straight Win At Home

(Sports Network) - The Chicago White Sox have been an awfully tough team to beat over the past two months, and the current American League Central leaders have been virtually invincible at U.S. Cellular Field during that time period.

Chicago will attempt to extend its home winning streak to 12 consecutive games when the Oakland Athletics invade the Windy City tonight for the first of three straight meetings between the teams.

The White Sox continued their home dominance with Thursday's 9-5 victory over Seattle, which completed a four-game sweep for Ozzie Guillen's club. Chicago is now an astounding 18-1 at U.S. Cellular Field since June 9, and the team's 11-game surge is its longest as the host since the White Sox ripped off 13 straight wins at Comiskey Park from July 1-August 5, 1989.

"We come in believing we can win that game tonight -- no matter who we're facing," said first baseman Paul Konerko. "We just got into a good groove a while back of just coming in and playing nine innings as hard as we can."

Chicago mashed its way to its latest triumph, as Ramon Castro belted two solo home runs as part of a 3-for-4 night and Konerko and Carlos Quentin had back- to-back blasts in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. Juan Pierre added a two-run double for the White Sox, while Omar Vizquel went 3-for-4 and also knocked in a pair of runs in the win.

The offensive outburst helped Freddy Garcia (10-4) record his 10th win of the season, with the ex-Mariner giving up three runs on seven hits over the first six innings.

Thursday's win extended the White Sox' lead over second-place Minnesota to 1 1/2 games in the AL Central standings.

Dan Hudson had been originally slated to start for Chicago in tonight's opener, but the well-regarded rookie was traded to Arizona along with minor- league pitcher David Holmberg on Friday in exchange for right-hander Edwin Jackson. To take Hudson's place in the interim, the White Sox will promote Lucas Harrell from Triple-A Charlotte to make this evening's start.

A fourth-round selection of the White Sox in the 2004 draft, Harrell has made 24 starts for Charlotte this year and compiled a 9-9 record with a 4.24 earned run average. The 24-year-old posted a 12-4 mark with a 3.27 ERA in a combined 25 appearances for the Knights and Double-A Birmingham in 2009.

Jackson was an AL All-Star with Detroit in 2009 and went 13-9 with a 3.62 ERA with the Tigers last year, but struggled in his first season in Arizona. The 29-year-old registered a 6-10 mark with a disappointing 5.16 ERA in 21 starts with the Diamondbacks, but did pitch a no-hitter in a win over Tampa Bay on June 25.

The Athletics did take two of three bouts from the White Sox in Oakland this past weekend, but couldn't follow up with a road series win over AL West front-runner Texas. After the divisional foes split the first two games of the set, the Rangers claimed last night's rubber match by a 7-4 count.

Vin Mazzaro (6-3) had a string of four straight winning decisions halted after the A's starter was battered for seven runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"They have a really good lineup, and you almost want to be perfect," Mazzaro said of the Rangers. "I had a tough one [Thursday], so I'll bounce back and get ready for the next start."

Rajai Davis went 2-for-5 with an RBI single for Oakland, which has still won 10 of its last 14 contests despite Thursday's setback. Kevin Kouzmanoff and Matt Carson also finished with a pair of hits in the loss.

The Athletics have been successful at U.S. Cellular Field in the recent past, having prevailed in four of six matchups with the White Sox there last season. Oakland has also won seven of the past 11 overall tilts in the series.

Oakland plans to hand the ball to Brett Anderson for the oft-injured youngster's first major-league start since June 3. The talented left-hander has spent two stints on the disabled list and been limited to six starts this season due to elbow problems, but pronounced himself ready to go by striking out nine over 5 1/3 shutout innings in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday.

When healthy, Anderson has been excellent for the A's this year. The 22-year- old has produced a 2.35 ERA over his six starts with the big club and hasn't allowed a home run in 30 2/3 innings, while walking only four batters during that stretch. He's yielded one run or fewer in four of those appearances.

In his only previous start at U.S. Cellular Field, Anderson spun seven shutout innings to defeat the White Sox during an 11-win rookie campaign in 2009.

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