Melvin on Griffin: 'He settled down nicely'
The A's ended a seven-game road trip with two straight losses to the White Sox. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko typically act as middle-of-the-order run-producers. But in a key fourth-inning rally Sunday, the two sluggers were happy to play table-setters.
Dunn and Konerko both came around to score in a two-run fourth that proved the difference in a 4-2 victory for the White Sox, as they took the fourth game of a weekend set with the A’s at U.S. Cellular Field, splitting the series and picking up back-to-back wins for the first time in two weeks.
The teams traded solo home runs in the third, with Coco Crisp taking Sox starter Hector Santiago deep in the top of the inning and Tyler Flowers homering off A’s starter A.J. Griffin in the bottom of the frame.
With the game tied in the fourth, Dunn and Konerko perfectly placed a couple of soft line drives to put runners at the corners with one out. Conor Gillaspie followed with a deep fly ball to the warning track in center field that brought home Dunn and gave the Sox a 2-1 lead. After a walk to Dayan Viciedo, Gordon Beckham doubled to left field to bring Konerko home from second and boost the Sox lead to 3-1.
The A’s cut the Sox lead to one run in the top of the seventh when, with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Thornton threw a pickoff attempt wide of Konerko at first base, allowing Josh Reddick to score from third.
Alex Rios gave the Sox a big insurance run in the bottom of the eighth with a line-drive solo home run to center field that put the team up, 4-2.
Santiago was strong in his first start since May 22, back in the Sox rotation following an injury to Jake Peavy. Sunday, Santiago allowed two runs -- though just one was earned -- on four hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings of work, striking out six and finishing by retiring eight of the final nine hitters he faced. He picked up his second win of the season, pushing his record to 2-4 on the year.