Oakland Turns Tables, Shuts Out White Sox 2-0
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OAKLAND, Calif. (CBS) — The White Sox’ winning streak has come to an end, after they were shut out Tuesday night by the Oakland Athletics.
Athletics Pitcher Tommy Milone outdueled the Sox’ Gavin Floyd, as the Athletics beat the Sox 2-0.
It was a reversal of fortune after the Sox beat the A’s 4-0 just the night before.
The White Sox’ stellar pitching produced yet another strong outing on a road trip full of them, but they had their four-game winning streak snapped along with a six-game road winning streak.
A night after Jake Peavy pitched a three-hitter in a 4-0 White Sox win Monday — Oakland’s fourth time being blanked — Floyd did his part. On Saturday in Seattle, Phil Humber pitched a perfect game in a 4-0 win over the Mariners.
Milone (3-1) matched Floyd all night until Oakland’s offense finally capitalized. The A’s did plenty on defense to back Floyd, turning double plays and throwing out Chicago’s Brent Morel on a steal attempt in the eighth after he hit a two-out single.
Floyd, who came in with a 3-1 record and 2.35 ERA with 35 strikeouts in his previous seven career starts against the A’s, allowed two hits and one run, struck out six and walked two in 7 1-3 innings.
“He pitched great. It’s tough to pitch like that and get a loss. This one stings because your guy pitches such a good game and we couldn’t do much on the offensive side,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Their guy pitched a little better. He kept us off balance and we couldn’t get anything going off him.”
The White Sox were trying for their longest road winning streak since a seven-gamer from Aug. 30 to Sept. 6, 2010. Still, the Sox’ 7-2 start away from home was the club’s best since winning 10 of its first 12 on the road in 2005.
The Sox’ Alex Rios went 0 for 3 and had his 11-game hitting streak snapped, with Adam Dunn pinch-hitting for him in the ninth. Dunn struck out swinging to end it.
“I thought I was going to hit but if he thinks Adam is better there, let’s go for it. We’re trying to win ball games,” Rios said.
A’s left fielder Coco Crisp was held out of the lineup after he still experienced symptoms of his recent illness after playing all nine innings Monday following five games out because of a bug and inner ear issue. Melvin said Crisp will rest through Thursday’s off day and perhaps be ready Friday at Baltimore.
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