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Thursday, June 9, 2011
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 9, A's 4

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO – The White Sox jumped on the A's and never let up Thursday in a 9-4 victory.

How it happened: Mark Buehrle was solid, but the White Sox’s offense was even better. There was even an Adam Dunn sighting as the slugger returned to the lineup after two days off and hit his sixth home run of the season. Carlos Quentin (11 games) and Paul Konerko (10 games) extended hit streaks, with Konerko crushing an home run in the eighth inning for some insurance runs. It was Bob Melvin’s first game as A’s manager after Bob Geren was fired Thursday.

What it means: The offense continues to come to life, led by Quentin and Konerko in the heart of the order. But it was he table setters that also deserve the credit, especially in Thursday’s game. Not only did Juan Pierre and Alexei Ramirez have two hits each in the Nos. 1 and 2 spots of the lineup, but Nos. 8 and 9 hitters Omar Vizquel and Gordon Beckham also had two hits apiece. Even Alex Rios delivered a two-hit game. Every starter had a hit.

Stat of the game: In his 1,200th career game as manager, Ozzie Guillen improved his overall record to 631-569. He is tired with Terry Francona for fourth longest tenured manager in baseball behind the Cardinals’ Tony La Russa (1996), the Angels’ Mike Scioscia (2000) and the Twins’ Ron Gardenhire (2002).

Up next: White Sox right-hander Edwin Jackson (4-5, 4.50 ERA) will take the mound Friday in the second game of the four-game series. Oakland will counter with right-hander Graham Godfrey (no record) in the 7:05 p.m. game from U.S. Cellular Field.