Athletics 4, White Sox 2
CHICAGO (AP)—Mark Redman joined Oakland’s double-digit victory club by throwing seven strong innings.
He wanted more.
“Guys were shaking my hand. I didn’t want to shake anyone’s hand,” Redman said Thursday after pitching the Athletics to a 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.
“I went straight to (manager) Ken Macha and said I want 120 pitches.”
Redman settled for 102 pitches and a victory—the 14th in 16 games for the AL West-leading A’s. He left after retiring his final 13 batters.
“It’s a tough decision. I hadn’t given up a hit since the third inning. It’s always nice to bounce back after a shaky start,” Redman said.
The left-hander’s solid outing came on the heels of his shortest of the season—he was roughed up for nine hits and six runs in just two innings last Friday against Tampa Bay.
To make sure he was well-rested Thursday, he left Wednesday night’s game a little early.
“You just have to prepare yourself,” Redman said. “I was in bed by 11:30, which is hard to do when you come from the West Coast.”
“I’ve got a lot of faith in the bullpen,” Macha said.
Billy McMillon hit a two-run homer off Jose Contreras (12-7) in the third— his third of the season—after a leadoff walk to Bobby Crosby. And the A’s tacked on another run when Marco Scutaro scooted all the way home from second on a wild pitch.
Scutaro singled and moved to second when Contreras hit Eric Byrnes with a two-out pitch. When catcher Ben Davis couldn’t find the ball after the wild pitch, Scutaro kept running and scored easily with a slide.
“That’s good hustle, an extra run,” Macha said.
Chicago got two back in the bottom half when Jose Valentin doubled, Joe Crede singled and Aaron Rowand and Juan Uribe hit consecutive sacrifice flies. Carlos Lee singled and Paul Konerko doubled before Redman retired Carl Everett on a grounder.
Damian Miller’s RBI double in the sixth after a leadoff walk to Scott Hatteberg made it 4-2 and finished Contreras. He allowed four hits, four walks and four runs in 5 1-3 innings, throwing 105 pitches. The Cuban right-hander is 4-2 since joining Chicago in a trade with the Yankees on July 31.
“Part of the problem is that I gave up three runs. There was a walk and then I fell behind McMillon,” Contreras said through a translator.
“Today I didn’t have a good fastball. I couldn’t control it and didn’t have command of it.”
McMillon, starting in place of Jermaine Dye, who has a sore thumb, homered for the second time in four games.
“I know Jermaine is going to play when he’s able, so every at-bat I get is going to help me be better prepared to pinch-hit,” McMillon said.
“I just want good at-bats. Obviously, I’m not thinking about hitting home runs.”
White Sox RHP Freddy Garcia had his next start pushed back again, this time from Sunday to Wednesday in Texas. Garcia has a sore forearm and will throw on the side Saturday. He hasn’t pitched since Aug. 22. Felix Diaz will start Sunday against the Mariners. … Rich Harden has nine wins. One more would give the A’s five starting pitchers with at least 10 victories, something the team hasn’t had since moving to Oakland in 1968. … Everett left in the sixth inning with a bruised right thumb.