OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Pinch hitter Kurt Suzuki doubled in the go-ahead run and later scored in the eighth inning as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Chicago White Sox 2-0 on Tuesday.
Daric Barton drew a leadoff walk in the eighth and Luke Hughes struck out before Matt Thornton relieved Gavin Floyd. Suzuki, one of Maui's two active major leaguers, doubled to left field and Barton scored easily, then Eric Sogard added an RBI single as Oakland ended a 16-inning scoreless stretch.
"I don't know how many innings it was we didn't score. It felt like 100," said A's manager Bob Melvin.
Oakland’s Kurt Suzuki hits an RBI double in the eighth inning of the Athletics’ 2-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
Oakland's Tommy Milone (3-1) allowed three hits over eight innings, struck out five batters and walked none. Grant Balfour finished the four-hit shutout, the fourth of the year for the A's, for his fifth save in as many tries.
Floyd (1-3), who came in with a 3-1 record, 2.35 ERA and 35 strikeouts in seven career starts against Oakland, allowed two hits, struck out six and walked two.
The White Sox had won four straight games overall, and six in a row on the road.
Oakland's Coco Crisp was held out of the lineup after he experienced symptoms of a recent illness after playing all nine innings Monday following five games out.