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.Redman (10-10) became the fourth Oakland pitcher to reach double
digits in wins -- joining Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Mark Mulder --
and allowed just four hits and two runs.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."Jim Mecir got two outs in the eighth and Octavio Dotel finished
for his 17th AL save in 22 chances as Oakland bounced right back
after its eight-game winning streak was snapped Wednesday night."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.