A's Win Series In Finale

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Recap: Braden Is Back, Looks Good

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Dallas Braden picked up a long-awaited win and was backed by three RBI from battery mate Kurt Suzuki as Oakland held off the White Sox in a 6-4 win to close out a three-game set at the Coliseum.

Braden (5-7) won for the first time since tossing the 19th perfect game in major league history way back on May 9 versus Tampa Bay. The lefty had gone 0-5 since in nine starts, but held Chicago to three runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings Sunday to break out of the funk.

Daric Barton knocked in two as the Athletics took the final two games in the series and won for the fourth time in five games overall.

Daniel Hudson (1-1) was charged with six hits and five runs with four walks over five innings for his second major league defeat and Chicago's third in four games.

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Braden Takes The Mound In The Finale

(Sports Network) - With Ben Sheets hitting the disabled list Dallas Braden will head to the hill for Oakland, as the Athletics battle the Chicago White Sox this afternoon in the finale of a three-game set at the Coliseum.

Sheets, who was suppose to start for the A's this afternoon and who is 2-2 in his last four outings, will head to the DL with an injury to the same elbow that kept him away from baseball all of last season. Sheets is no stranger to the disabled list, as this will be the hard-throwing right-hander's seventh trip.

As for Braden, he is making his second start since returning from the disabled list. On Tuesday against Boston the southpaw did not last long in his return to the rotation, surrendering four runs -- one earned -- on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Braden did strike out six batters, but remained winless for Oakland since tossing his perfect game on Mother's Day.

The California native has made 10 starts at the Coliseum this season and despite having a 3-4 ledger, the lefty possesses a solid 3.06 ERA.

This will be the second career outing for Braden against Chicago. In his only other meeting with the Pale hoes, Braden surrendered three runs in seven innings and struck out four batters in a no decision.

The White Sox will rely on Daniel Hudson, who will be making his third start since being called up from Charlotte. After a rough outing in his debut against Seattle, the Virginia native was much more effective against Seattle, as he held the Mariners to just one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. The young hurler collected six strike outs and overcame four walks for the win.

Hudson made one relief appearance against Oakland in his brief career and in 2 1/3 innings of work, the right-hander surrendered two runs on five hits.

On Saturday, Kurt Suzuki had three hits, including a home run, to lead the Athletics in a 10-2 rout of the White Sox.

Suzuki, who signed a contract extension on Friday, scored twice and knocked in two runs for the Athletics, who have won eight of 10 and improved to 23-10 in day games this season. Jack Cust homered twice and walked three times, while Daric Barton had two hits and two RBI in the victory.

Vin Mazzaro (6-2) pitched six solid innings for the win, allowing two runs, three hits and three walks while fanning five.

Ramon Castro's two-run homer provided Chicago's lone offense, as the White Sox lost for the fifth time in eight games. Freddy Garcia (9-4) was blasted for five runs, six hits and three walks in just 1 1/3 frames to take the loss.

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Recap: A's Win Big

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Kurt Suzuki had three hits, including a home run, to lead the Oakland Athletics in a 10-2 rout of the Chicago White Sox in the second of three games at Oakland Coliseum.

Suzuki, who signed a contract extension on Friday, scored twice and knocked in two runs for the Athletics, who have won eight of 10 and improved to 23-10 in day games this season. Jack Cust homered twice and walked three times, while Daric Barton had two hits and two RBI in the victory.

Vin Mazzaro (6-2) pitched six solid innings for the win, allowing two runs, three hits and three walks while fanning five.

Ramon Castro's two-run homer provided Chicago's lone offense, as the White Sox lost for the fifth time in eight games. Freddy Garcia (9-4) was blasted for five runs, six hits and three walks in just 1 1/3 frames to take the loss.

The A's scored twice in the first to jump in front.

Coco Crisp led off with a walk, stole second and scored on Barton's double. A Suzuki single and Cust walk loaded the bases with nobody out, but Garcia came back to strike out Kevin Kouzmanoff and Mark Ellis.

Gabe Gross, though, reached on an infield single to allow Barton to cross the plate.

Chicago tied the game in the second on Castro's two-run blast, but the Oakland offense was relentless, pouring on three more runs in the home half.

Cliff Pennington singled, moved to second and scored on Barton's base hit. Barton swiped second before Suzuki roped an RBI base hit to left. A walk to Cust ended Garcia's brief outing, and Kouzmanoff doubled in Suzuki when Tony Pena came on to pitch, extending the hosts' lead to 5-2.

The A's continued to hit, as Suzuki and Cust opened the fourth with back-to- back homers for a five-run advantage. Ellis' RBI single and Matt Carson's sacrifice fly in the sixth increased the cushion.

Cust's leadoff shot in the eighth accounted for the final margin.

Suzuki's home run was initially ruled a double before the umpires conferred and changed the ruling...The White Sox are still 20-11 in day games...Garcia fell to 5-2 in 10 road starts...Pena allowed four runs, four hits and four walks in 3 2/3 frames...Cust recorded his seventh career multi-homer game.

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Vin Mazzaro Takes The Mound In Game Two

(Sports Network) - With Detroit and Minnesota nipping at their heels the Chicago White Sox will try to keep their small lead in the AL Central when they take on the Oakland Athletics this afternoon at the Coliseum.

One of the biggest reasons for Chicago's recent success has been the resurgence of Freddy Garcia who has won nine of his 17 starts for Chicago this season.

However, the right-hander has claimed just one win in his last four matchups. The last time Garcia was in action the veteran hurler held the Twins to just three runs, despite scattering 11 hits over six innings. Even though Garcia put forth a solid effort, the White Sox eventually fell to Minnesota, 7-6.

Garcia might be 5-1 in nine road games this season, but his record is deceiving considering his earned run average away from home is a lackluster 5.03 on the year.

This will be the 21st career start for Garcia against the Athletics, and in his career against Oakland, he has been nothing more than mediocre, posting just a 6-6 mark with a 4.98 earned run average.

The Athletics will turn to one of their young arms in Vin Mazzaro, as the right-hander will look to post his second straight victory. Mazzaro has pitched well in recent weeks, winning three of his last four starts, including a 9-6 victory over Kansas City in his last outing.

In the win over the Royals the New Jersey native tossed 7 2/3 impressive innings, surrendering just one run on seven hits, while also striking out five batters.

This will be just the second career start against Chicago for Mazzaro. In the only other showdown, the young hurler shut out the White Sox for 6 1/3 innings, scattering just three hits and walking four batters.

On Friday, Mark Buehrle pitched his second complete game of the season to earn his first career win in Oakland as the White Sox topped the A's, 5-1.

Buehrle (9-8) twirled a four-hitter, one a Jack Cust RBI double, and struck out two without issuing a walk. The veteran southpaw made it eight starts in a row allowing three runs or less and broke through for a win at the Coliseum in his 13th appearance and 11th career start there.

Buehrle bested an Oakland club that had won seven of its last eight games coming in and did so on the one-year anniversary of his perfect game against Tampa Bay.

Carlos Quentin and A.J. Pierzynski each had a pair of RBI in the win, Chicago's third in four games after dropping three straight. Alex Rios added two hits and an RBI.

Trevor Cahill (9-4) pitched seven innings in the start for Oakland, surrendering three runs (two earned) on only four hits and two walks. It was just his second loss in his last 13 starts, with the A's going 10-3 in that time.

Oakland won five of its nine matchups with the White Sox a year ago.

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Game One: A's Lose 5-1, Down One In Three-Game Series

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Mark Buehrle pitched his second complete game of the season to earn his first career win in Oakland as the White Sox topped the A's, 5-1, to open a three-game series.

Buehrle (9-8) twirled a four-hitter, one a Jack Cust RBI double, and struck out two without issuing a walk. The veteran southpaw made it eight starts in a row allowing three runs or less and broke through for a win at the Coliseum in his 13th appearance and 11th career start there.

Buehrle bested an Oakland club that had won seven of its last eight games coming in and did so on the one-year anniversary of his perfect game against Tampa Bay.

Carlos Quentin and A.J. Pierzynski each had a pair of RBI in the win, Chicago's third in four games after dropping three straight. Alex Rios added two hits and an RBI.

Trevor Cahill (9-4) pitched seven innings in the start for Oakland, surrendering three runs (two earned) on only four hits and two walks. It was just his second loss in his last 13 starts, with the A's going 10-3 in that time.

The White Sox manufactured the game's first run in the fourth when Rios doubled leading off, moved up on a groundout and scored on a Quentin sacrifice fly.

Chicago added two runs in the sixth. Juan Pierre drew a leadoff walk before Omar Vizquel singled to leave runners at the corners. Cliff Pennington's error on a ground ball to short from Rios scored a run and Quentin plated another with groundout.

Meanwhile, Buehrle contended with only a double from Cust in the second and a Coco Crisp two-out single in the third before back-to-back doubles by Kevin Kouzmanoff and Cust in the seventh scored the A's lone run.

Oakland went in order again in the eighth and Pierzynski scored two with a single in the ninth before Buehrle returned to polish off his 26th career complete game with a 1-2-3 bottom half.

Buehrle previously was 0-6 at Oakland Coliseum and had lost his last four decisions versus the Athletics. His previous win over the club came on May 24, 2006, In 24 career games versus the A's, all but four of those starts, Buehrle is just 4-12...Cahill had won eight of his last nine decisions coming in and fell to 5-2 in eight home starts this season...These two clubs were meeting for the first time since the A's took five of the nine matchups a season ago...The White Sox remain an MLB-best 29-9 since June 9...It was Pennington's 14th error on the year.

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