White Sox Down A’s
Chicago White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago has shuttled back and forth between the bullpen and the starter’s role this season.
With the rib injury suffered recently by veteran starter Jake Peavy, it was time for Santiago to get the nod Sunday against the Oakland Athletics. Santiago came through with a strong performance to earn the win as the Sox prevailed 4-2. Addison Reed earned his 19th save with a perfect ninth.
“It’s his job right now,” manager Robin Ventura said before the game. “When John (Danks) came off the DL, you had a choice with (Santiago) and (Dylan Axelrod). It felt better for our team to have Hector in the bullpen (initally). But I didn’t want (Santiago) going anywhere because he is a major league pitcher and earned the possibility to start at that point.
“It wasn’t a hard decision to have him in (the rotation again), but you have to just let him go with that. It’s not that if he doesn’t pitch perfect (Sunday) that it is not his job anymore. For him, he has earned the right to go out there and pitch as a major league starter and see how it goes.”
Oakland started A.J. Griffin (5-4). In his five previous starts this year, Santiago was 1-2 with a 2.96 ERA.
Coco Crisp hit his seventh home run of the season in the third inning to give Oakland a 1-0 lead. Tyler Flowers hit his sixth homer in the bottom of the third to tie the game 1-1.
The Sox took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning. Adam Dunn lined a one-out double to right. Paul Konerko singled to put runners on first and third. Conor Gillaspie hit a sacrifice fly to deep center to score Dunn and Konerko tagged up to advance to second. Dayan Viciedo drew a two-out walk before Gordon Beckham doubled to left to score Konerko.
The A’s threatened in the seventh after Josh Reddick drew a one-out walk. Ventura then summoned Matt Lindstrom to relieve Santiago. He gave up a base hit to pinch-hitter John Jaso before Adam Rosales was safe on a fielder’s choice that retired Jaso at second.
Lefthander Matt Thornton then took over for Lindstrom to face Crisp with runners on the corners.
Thornton threw wildly to first baseman Konerko on a pickoff attempt, allowing Reddick to score to make it 3-2.
Santiago went 6 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits. He walked three and struck out six. He threw 107 pitches.
Rios hit his 11th home run of the season in the eighth inning to make it 4-2 and Griffin was relieved by Jerry Blevins.