Athletics 3, White Sox 0

Boof Bonser may have wondered if he would get the chance to

pitch in the major leagues again. Winning, that was the last thing

on his mind.

Bonser won for the first time in more than two years, Chris

Carter finally got his first major league hit and the Oakland

Athletics sent the White Sox to their seventh straight loss,

beating Chicago 3-0 on Monday night.

”This year has been crazy,” said Bonser, who signed a minor

league deal with the A’s in July after his release from the Red

Sox. ”Starting in Boston and then coming here; it’s been


Bonser missed all of last season following labrum and rotator

cuff surgery. He appeared in two games with the Red Sox before he

was designated for assignment.

”I was joking around about winning, but really, it doesn’t

matter,” Bonser said. ”Being hurt dampens things. I’m happy as

long as I can get out there and pitch.”

Kurt Suzuki had three hits and two RBIs as the A’s won their

third in four games. Daric Barton also drove in a run.

Andruw Jones doubled and singled for the White Sox, who matched

their longest losing streak since April 28 to May 5, 2008.

”Today was kind of a lousy game; very bad,” White Sox manager

Ozzie Guillen said. ”I’m disappointed in the losing streak because

it came at a bad time for us.”

Chicago is on the brink of being eliminated from the AL Central

race. The White Sox fell 11 games behind the first-place Minnesota

Twins, who can clinch their second consecutive division title

Tuesday night with a win over Cleveland and a Chicago loss in


A’s starter Gio Gonzalez allowed four hits in six innings,

striking out seven and walking four. Bonser (1-0) tossed a perfect

seventh for his first major league win since June 4, 2008, with

Minnesota against Baltimore.

”Gio has come a long way,” Guillen said. ”Since high school

he’s wanted to be good, to be noticed. He wanted people to talk

about him. The biggest thing is his maturity. He has a chance to

have a good career.”

Michael Wuertz worked the eighth and Craig Breslow got three

outs for his third save.

White Sox starter Gavin Floyd left after only seven pitches with

tightness in the back of his right shoulder. He did not get an


”I started feeling it my last start but I got some treatment

and it felt better,” Floyd said. ”But I felt it every pitch and

it didn’t seem like normal soreness.”

Tony Pena pitched six shutout innings in relief, allowing six

hits. He walked two and struck out two.

Scott Linebrink (3-2) allowed all three runs – one earned – in

the seventh.

Carter’s single leading off the seventh sparked the decisive

rally. Carter was hitless in his first 33 at-bats, the longest

streak to start a career by a non-pitcher since Texas’ Vic Harris

began 0 for 36 in 1972.

”He couldn’t do it at a better time,” Gonzalez said. ”He did

it in style, in front of the home crowd. He stepped it up big


Linebrink’s throwing error on Cliff Pennington’s bunt put

runners on first and second, and Rajai Davis beat out a bunt to

load the bases. Barton’s groundout allowed pinch-runner Greg Gross

to score, and one out later Suzuki added a two-run single.

”Suzuki has been struggling,” A’s manager Bob Geren said.

”It’s good he had a nice night. We need him down the


Chicago had runners on second and third with one out in the

second but failed to score, and Gonzalez walked the bases loaded

with two outs in the fourth before escaping.

NOTES: A’s closer Andrew Bailey has soreness in his right elbow

and will not pitch for a couple of days. … Floyd, who has

struggled in his last few outings, is 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA in five

career starts against Oakland. … Pena may take Floyd’s spot in

the rotation. … A’s OF Coco Crisp missed his second game with a

fractured pinkie and will likely miss the rest of the season. …

Breslow has four career saves. … The White Sox have allowed 23 of

their last 27 runs in the seventh inning or later. … Manny

Ramirez has reached base in 16 of his 18 games with the White