Chicago will hope for another quality pitching performance Tuesday, this time from starter Jon Garland, as it tries for consecutive wins in Oakland for the first time in almost seven years.
Jose Contreras allowed one run and four hits in six innings to help Chicago to a 4-1 win over Oakland on Monday. It was Chicago’s third win in four games after starting 0-2.
The White Sox (3-3) lost all three games in Oakland last season and are 5-23 at the Coliseum since going 4-2 during the 2000 season. Chicago last recorded back-to-back victories in Oakland that season, doing so on Aug. 29-30.
“We never do that,” said Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen of winning in Oakland. “It’s weird to win here.”
Before Contreras’ outing Monday, Garland (0-0, 8.44 ERA) earned Chicago’s two most recent wins in Oakland—both in 2005—and will make his second start for the White Sox on Tuesday. Coming off a rocky 2007 debut, the right-hander will hope for a better effort against the A’s.
Garland, who has won 18 games each of the last two seasons, allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings and did not factor in the decision in Chicago’s 8-7 home loss to Cleveland on Wednesday.
Garland was 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA in two starts last season against the Athletics. He is 3-6 with a 4.84 ERA in 10 career starts against Oakland.
Rookie Travis Buck had a two-out RBI double in the second inning to provide Oakland’s lone run in its home opener.
After scoring 17 runs to start 2-2, the A’s (3-5), who won’t have their first off day until Thursday, have scored six runs while losing three of their last four contests.
“We’ll be better,” Oakland’s Mark Ellis said. “We had our chances but it seemed like we always had those chances with two outs. If we could have mustered something a little earlier, it would have been great.”
Oakland’s Milton Bradley had an infield hit Monday and has hit safely in 22 straight games against the White Sox. Bradley is 5-for-13 with five RBIs lifetime against Garland.
Chad Gaudin (0-0, 3.60 ERA) will take the mound for the A’s on Tuesday. Plugged into the rotation due to an injury to Esteban Loaiza, Gaudin allowed two runs and five hits, but did not factor in the decision, in Oakland’s 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.
The 24-year-old, right-hander will make his 12th career start Tuesday and first against the White Sox. He has a lifetime 1.93 ERA against Chicago in 4 2-3 innings out of the bullpen.
“He’s definitely got starter-type stuff,” Oakland catcher Jason Kendall told the team’s official Web site.