• Summary: Chad Gaudin threw seven-plus scoreless innings to help the Athletics shut out the White Sox.
• Hero: Gaudin retired 16 straight from the second to the seventh, and won his second straight start to help the A's end a three-game losing streak and avoid a series sweep by the White Sox.
• Turning point: Shannon Stewart hit a pair of singles, scoring both times, to give Oakland a 2-0 lead.
• Did you see that?: Hiram Bocachica hit his first home run in almost three seasons. He hadn't homered since Aug. 27, 2004, when he was with the Seattle Mariners. It was Bocachica's first hit of the season, after starting the year 0-for-12.
• Quotable: "I finally got a hold of one. I put a good swing on it and it left the park." -- Bocachica
-- ESPN.com news services
Athletics 4, White Sox 0
CHICAGO (AP) -- The White Sox couldn't put good wood on Chad
Gaudin's high and tight fastball. Gaudin threw seven-plus scoreless innings, Hiram Bocachica hit
his first home run in almost three seasons and the Oakland
Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Wednesday. "We couldn't lay off high fastballs," White Sox manager Ozzie
Guillen said. "He kept the ball high and in, and we couldn't lay
off the ball all night." Gaudin (4-1) faced the minimum through six innings, retired 16
straight from the second to the seventh and won his second straight
start to help the A's end a three-game losing streak. He gave up
five hits and struck out four in 7 1/3 innings, walking one. "I was just attacking the zone and letting them know that I'm
not going to pitch around them," Gaudin said. "I had pretty good
stuff today. I was locating my fastball pretty well early and
jumping ahead of hitters." Gaudin didn't allow a hit from the second until the eighth when
A.J. Pierzynski's bloop single dropped past third base with one
out. Juan Uribe followed with a hard-hit single to center and
Rob Mackowiak nearly took Gaudin deep, but his hit bounced off
Nick Swisher's glove at the right-field wall, loading the bases and
ending Gaudin's night. Jay Marshall got a force out at home and a
ground out to end the threat. "When the ball left Mackowiak's bat, I thought it was a home
run and we're back in the game," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen
said. "I think the wind helped the ball [stay in]." Alan Embree pitched a perfect ninth for Oakland. "It's tremendous," Gaudin said of the bullpen. "You couldn't
ask for more." The White Sox had scored 28 runs over a three-game winning
streak, but couldn't get much going against Gaudin early in the
game. "He didn't throw anything in the middle of the plate, but he
didn't walk anybody," White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said.
"That sums it up." Darin Erstad led off the bottom of the first with a single but
got doubled up at second. Dye got a hit to left to lead off the
second inning, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a
double by Shannon Stewart. Gaudin was perfect after that until he
walked Jim Thome with two outs in the seventh. "We're really happy with Chad Gaudin tonight," A's manager Bob
Geren said. "With the White Sox lineup and the attack they put on
us the last two nights, that was quite a performance to hold them
in check." Stewart hit a pair of singles, scoring both times, to give
Oakland a 2-0 lead. Stewart led off the game with a hit off Jon
Garland (3-3), and Nick Swisher followed with a single. Two outs
later, Bobby Crosby's single scored Stewart. Stewart singled again with one out in the fifth, took second on
a wild pitch, and scored on Dan Johnson's single. Bocachica's homer, a 403-shot to center, scored Kendall, who led
off the seventh with a single off Garland. He hadn't homered since
Aug. 27, 2004, when he was with the Seattle Mariners. He was a
last-minute addition to the lineup after Travis Buck was scratched
because of a sore elbow. "I finally got a hold of one," Bocachica said. "I put a good
swing on it and it left the park." It was Bocachica's first hit of the season, after starting the
year 0-for-12. He had only 44 major league at-bats in the last
three years before his homer. "Hanging slider," Garland said. "Can't do it to a big league
hitter." Garland gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings, throwing 114
pitches. He gave up 10 hits, walked one and struck out four. He had
won three straight starts. "I don't like his outing one bit," Garland said of Gaudin.
"The guy shut us out. Yeah I tip my cap, but I thought with the
way we're swinging the bats we'd get him."
The A's put OF Milton Bradley on the 15-day DL, retroactive
to May 15, with a strained left hamstring. ... White Sox 3B
Joe Crede missed his third straight game with lower back inflammation.
... Erstad extended his hitting streak to 10 games, a season best.
... Dye pushed his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Bocachica has 14
career home runs. ... A's 3B Eric Chavez missed his second straight
game with tendinitis in his triceps.