CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Abreu and Aloy Jimenez built home, Dylan Siege bowled six strong innings as the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Sunday.
Abreu and Leuri Garcia had two hits each for the White Sox, who have won 10 of 15 and returned above .500. Chicago, the preferred preseason to win the AL Central, trailed first-place Minnesota by three games entering the day.
“We’re really in contention, so I think we’re going to get excited about it and treat every series like it’s the last one we’re going to play and know we’ve got to get a lot of wins. ,” said manager Tony La Rusa. “What you enjoy most during the regular season is going through the last two months and getting a chance. This is where everything is magnified in every moment and every batting. We are in a position to do so. We just have to win.”
Liam Hendrix pitched for his 20th save in 23 opportunities in the ninth around Ramon Lauriano’s double.
Clash (11-4) allowed one run and four hits, seven one hit and one running. The right-hander has made four consecutive starts and has not allowed more than one earned run in each of his last 12 outings.
“I want to be persistent,” said Struggle. “I want to be someone you can count on. So to give us a chance to win almost every time, that’s about as much as I can ask for.”
Loreno built home for the A, who has the second-worst record in the Majors but is 7-4 since the All-Star break.
Jimenez hit his fifth homer in the seventh off Adam Aller (1-4). Oller allowed four runs, seven hits and no walks, setting career highs for the innings (6 1/3) and strikeout (six).
“He throws the best ball,” said manager Mark Cootse.
Chicago took the lead by scoring three runs in the second innings. Abreu took the lead with his 12th homer before Josh Harrison doubled and Garcia scored on a single. Sebi Zavala followed with a double to lead 3-1.
Lauriano took the first pitch in the second inning, ending Siege’s career-high 22-innings scoring streak. Seth Brown and Stephen Piscotti just missed the join, hitting the wrong balls down the right-field line. One review confirmed that a long Piscotti fly ball was bad. Brown had hit three homers in his last two matches.
Lauriano’s 11th homer gave Oakland 36 homers in July, compared with only 15 in May and 21 in June.
“We didn’t have much chances. You have to give credit for the ceasefire,” said Kotse. “We came out aggressive on the fastball. He immediately went to his breaking ball. It’s a plus breaking ball. He showed up today.”
a lot left
The White Sox have one day off in the next four weeks. Sij was asked how much was left in the tank.
“Very well. I’m young,” said Struggle.
The White Sox announced that they have agreed terms with all 20 of their 2022 draft selections and 10 draft free agents.
White Sox: RHP Reynaldo López (lower back strain) has said his back stiffness is more severe than when he dealt with a similar issue at the start of the season. López went on a 15-day injured list retroactively on July 25. He’s throwing 90 feet. “I’m getting better,” he said. “I went to two different doctors to see what was going on. They believed it was good, it was nothing serious or that it would require surgery.”
A’s: RHP Frankie Montas (4-9, 3.18 ERA) is scheduled to open a series in Los Angeles starting Tuesday. RHP Noah Syndergaard (5-8, 3.83) is expected to start for the Angels. Both trades have been the subject of rumours.
White Sox: RHP Michael Kopech (4-6, 3.16) is set to start a home series against Kansas City on Monday, starting with RHP Brad Keller (5-11, 4.18).
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