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.