Brent Lillibridge saved the game Saturday night with a jumping catch at the left field wall to rob Coco Crisp of a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the eighth.
The White Sox stranded 12 on base and went hitless in 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position, but the A’s made enough miscues on defense to help the Sox scratch out a few runs.
A’s starter Gio Gonzalez walked seven, but only the last scored – thanks to a bad throw by A’s reliever Brad Ziegler on what should have been an inning-ending double play.
John Danks pitched well again and earned his second win of the year. It’s nice to finally see some games falling in his favor. It was bound to happen sooner or later given the way he started the season. He had a rough couple games, but has pitched well enough to win more than a few of his starts.
Jesse Crain was solid in getting the final four outs to seal the win, only issuing a leadoff walk to left-handed threat Hideki Matsui in the ninth.
The Sox kept pace with the Tigers, who caught the Indians and are tied for first place, 4.5 games ahead of Chicago.
Game four against the A’s is Sunday afternoon. Phil Humber looks to seal the series win and move the Sox to two games under .500.