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Suzuki (4-for-4) helps A's edge ChiSox, Smith earn first MLB victory

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CHICAGO -- Greg Smith's pitches gave the Chicago White Sox plenty of trouble. The rookie's move to first had them leaning the wrong way, too.

"I've been able to use it a lot, really. I don't try to pick a guy off. If he gets picked off, fantastic," Smith said Monday night after earning his first major league win by pitching the Oakland Athletics to a 2-1 victory.

"When I was with the Diamondbacks, they were really big on shutting down the running game," said the left-hander, who came to Oakland in the deal that sent Dan Haren to Arizona. "That's what I've incorporated, and every so often I'll pick a guy off."

Making his second big league appearance, Smith (1-0) gave up one run and six hits over seven innings on another cold night at U.S. Cellular Field, where the gametime temperature was 42 degrees. And he outpitched Mark Buehrle to get the victory.

Smith was able to thwart former Athletic Nick Swisher's third-inning steal attempt by making a quick throw to first and catching him leaving early. And in the seventh, he caught Jermaine Dye leaning at first after Dye started the inning with a single.

"It wouldn't appear that was his second time out in a major league uniform on the mound like that," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "He does a nice job controlling the running game. We saw that a lot in Arizona. That's part of his total game. He's difficult to run on and he throws strikes. That's a good combination."

Kurt Suzuki went 4-for-4 for the A's, who are 6-1 on their first road trip of the season. They improved to 9-5 overall for their best start through 14 games since opening 10-4 in 1992.

They closed out their latest victory when Huston Street got through a shaky ninth to pick up his fourth save in five chances.

He allowed a one-out single to Dye and threw a wild pitch that allowed pinch-runner Brian Anderson to move to second. Street hit A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch before striking out Carlos Quentin and getting Joe Crede on a comebacker to end it.

Swisher, traded to the White Sox from the A's in January, had two singles and a walk against Smith while playing against his former team for the first time.

After Swisher's one-out single in the sixth, Orlando Cabrera followed with a single to left and Swisher dashed to third, barely beating Emil Brown's throw with a headfirst slide. Jim Thome's RBI grounder cut Oakland's lead to 2-1.

"It was fun seeing some of the guys," Swisher said. "It was a little different to go out and play against them."

Chicago entered the game with the highest-scoring offense in the AL and had put up 11 runs against Detroit on Sunday; Paul Konerko and Crede hit grand slams.

"They've been swinging good. I saw the two grand slams yesterday," Smith said.

Buehrle (1-1), who hadn't pitched in eight days because of a rainout and a decision to give him an extra day of rest, gave up nine hits in seven innings while his career mark against Oakland dropped to 3-10.

The A's bunched singles by Mike Sweeney, Brown and Suzuki in the fourth for their first run, ending a stretch of 22 consecutive scoreless innings by the White Sox that included back-to-back shutouts of Detroit on Saturday and Sunday.

Sweeney doubled in the sixth and Brown followed with an RBI single for a 2-0 lead.

"Smith went out and pitched a great game. Somebody we'd never seen before," Swisher said. "He had great command of his changeup. We had a couple of good chances to tie the game or maybe move ahead. It just didn't happen. We've been playing good baseball. ... Our sticks didn't come around."

Notes

  • Smith also had a solid outing in his major league debut last Wednesday in Toronto. He got a no-decision after giving up two hits and three runs -- two earned -- in six innings.
  • Swisher said the trade has worked out. "I have a great deal of respect for (GM) Billy (Beane) and (owner) Lew Wolff, but they thought that moving me over here was best for the organization and it seems to be working out for them as well as us," Swisher said. Swisher played 458 games for the A's from 2004-07 and hit 80 home runs while batting .251. Now he is Chicago's leadoff hitter and a character in the clubhouse. He made a bid to tie the game in the eighth Monday night, sending a drive to the base of the fence in center field.
  • Suzuki's four hits were a career high.
 
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Oakland might have a real find in Greg Smith, who has two quality starts in two MLB outings.  (AP)
Oakland might have a real find in Greg Smith, who has two quality starts in two MLB outings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

M. Buehrle
IP 7.0
H 9
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
Oakland

G. Smith
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
 
Oakland Athletics
Travis Buck, RF5000032 .163
Mark Ellis, 2B5010002 .246
Daric Barton, 1B2000201 .216
Mike Sweeney, DH4220002 .279
Emil Brown, LF4021011 .256
Bobby Crosby, SS4010004 .291
Kurt Suzuki, C4041000 .370
Chris Denorfia, CF3000114 .238
Donnie Murphy, 3B3000012 .182
    Jack Hannahan, 3B1000012 .162
Totals35210237  
Batting
2B - Mike Sweeney (3, Buehrle), Kurt Suzuki (3, Buehrle)
RBI - Emil Brown (8), Kurt Suzuki (3)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Barton-Murphy-Ellis
E - Daric Barton (3, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
Greg Smith (W,1-0) 7611140 2.08
Santiago Casilla (H,4) 0.2100000 0.00
Alan Embree (H,1) 0.1000010 5.00
Huston Street (S,4) 1100020 5.63
HBP - Pierzynski (by Huston Street)
WP - Huston Street (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Smith 95-59, Santiago Casilla 11-5, Alan Embree 4-3, Huston Street 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Smith 5-10, Huston Street 1-0
Batters Faced - Greg Smith 26, Santiago Casilla 3, Alan Embree 1, Huston Street 5
Chicago White Sox
Nick Swisher, CF3120100 .289
Orlando Cabrera, SS4020001 .250
Jim Thome, DH4001022 .156
Paul Konerko, 1B4000021 .205
Jermaine Dye, RF4020000 .348
    Brian Anderson, PR0000000 .250
A.J. Pierzynski, C3020000 .421
Carlos Quentin, LF4000013 .222
Joe Crede, 3B4000015 .311
Juan Uribe, 2B3000010 .171
Totals3318117  
Batting
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (6, Smith)
RBI - Jim Thome (7)
CS - Nick Swisher (1, 2nd base by Smith/Suzuki), Jermaine Dye (1, 2nd base by Smith/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Buehrle-Cabrera-Konerko, Uribe-Cabrera-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle (L,1-1) 7922140 5.74
Octavio Dotel 1000110 6.23
Mike MacDougal0100100 3.00
Boone Logan 1000020 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 102-65, Octavio Dotel 16-8, Mike MacDougal 10-4, Boone Logan 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 9-6, Octavio Dotel 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 29, Octavio Dotel 4, Mike MacDougal 2, Boone Logan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20430
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 42
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Adrian Johnson