The White Sox won for the fifth time in their last six games with a 4-3 victory over the Oakland A’s.
How it happened: The A’s gave the White Sox a gift by snuffing out their own rally when Coco Crisp was tagged out on a straight steal of home in the eighth inning as Oakland trailed by a run. Phil Humber pitched well again until running out of gas in the seventh inning. He was trying to become the first pitcher since Johan Santana to give up three hits or less in four consecutive starts until the A’s got three of their six hits off him in the seventh. Sergio Santos pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save and at 18 innings has the second longest White Sox scoreless streak by innings for a reliever to start a season. The White Sox sent eight players to the plate in the second inning while scoring four runs against former White Sox pitcher Brandon McCarthy
What it means: Humber continued to remain the White Sox’s best pitcher even with his rough seventh. The A’s weren’t hitting him hard, just putting them in the right places. With the six-man rotation he now won’t pitch until Thursday, but that will be one of the two home games against the first-place Indians. Jake Peavy is in line to get the first of those two. With a victory Saturday or Sunday, the White Sox will wrap up their third consecutive series victory, all on the road.
Stat of the game: After receiving just 1.92 runs of support per game before Friday, Humber got double that in the victory over the A’s and it was just enough.
Up next: White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd (4-2, 3.67 ERA) will take the mound in the middle game of the series. Oakland will counter with right-hander Tyson Ross (2-2, 2.51) in the 3:07 p.m. start at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.