By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer
OAKLAND, California. (AP) – Tony La Russa has seen his share of celebration during all the decades of baseball. What the Chicago White Sox gave Jimmy Lambert for his first major league victory ranked up there.
“I just want to say that the beer was very cold,” said the 26-year-old right-hander, who was operated on by Tommy John in 2019 and “did not know if I would ever get the chance to win a major league game.”
Gavin Sheets hit a starting RBI single in the fifth to support Lambert, Cesar Hernandez added a two-run single in the same inning, and AL Central-leading White Sox beat the stumbling Oakland Athletics 6-3 Tuesday night.
Lambert (1-1) allowed three hits over five solid innings to win in his third career start and six appearances as Chicago matched its season high of 22 games over .500 (80-58).
“He has one of the most exaggerated beer showers I’ve seen in a long time,” said La Russa. “The victory was worth it, I’m sure, but he’s paying a big price right now.”
Both the leaders and the training staff came out when Chicago’s Leury García stole a base in the eighth and made a dive under jumping second baseman Tony Kemp, who landed hard on the ground and used a sore left wrist later.
Brian Goodwin added a two-run single in eighth for Chicago, which lost two of three in Kansas City this weekend, including being shut out 6-0 in Sunday’s league final.
This marked La Russa’s return to the place he managed A from 1986-95, won a championship in the earthquake World Series 1989 and lost the World Series in 1988 and ’90.
Elvis Andrus and Starling Marte beat RBI singles at eighth for the A number. They have reached three straight playoffs, but are suddenly searching for answers in September to stay in the hunt, losing their fourth straight game after a weekend in Toronto.
“We know what we can do, we know we have the talent here,” said Matt Olson. “We really believe we are a team that should be in the playoffs and should take a long run in the playoffs. … out here we need to play better if we want to win the World Series.”
Yasmani Grandal drew a baseload walk in the first to put Chicago ahead before the A’s did it on Olson’s sacrificial plane in the bottom half.
James Kaprielian finished after four rounds and 92 places. It marked the 15th time in the last 23 games Oakland’s starters have added fewer than five innings.
AJ Puk (0-3) was relieved, gave up three straight singles and took the loss.
Slugger Khris Davis drew cheers before a flyout as a pinch-hitter in the sixth, his first fight back in A-uniform at home since he was called up last week.
White Sox relief Liam Hendriks – who closed his former team to save No. 33 – would hate to see A leave Oakland, where he pitched for 4 1/2 seasons before leaving the free agency last winter. He still loves it here.
Hendriks, firstly, insists that his former teammates are clearly affected by the uncertainty and constant chatter about a possible move to Las Vegas – a move the club is exploring.
“It really does not only affect what happens with the relocation of the city or stadium or something like that, but I guarantee that it has an impact on the way the guys play on the pitch because of the extra noise that happens, unnecessary things that happen, and I think it’s sad, “he said.” It’s sad for not only this group, but it’s sad for the organization as a whole because this is a one-story organization that deserves better. “
White Sox: Eloy Jiménez left the game with a broken right knee after shooting home in the fifth. He is day to day. … RHP Lance Lynn (inflammation of the right knee) is scheduled to throw an ox session on Wednesday. … Lucas Giolito (left hoarding) threw on a flat surface on Tuesday. – They both feel better. We are optimistic that they will start a match for us sooner rather than later, “said La Russa about the pitchers. … SS Tim Anderson, placed on the injury list last Wednesday with retroactive effect to August. 29 due to tightness in his left hamstring, trained in Oakland on Monday’s day off, but there is no schedule for his return, with La Russa remarking: “he is still not 100%.” … BY Adam Engel, out since aug. 13 with inflammation of the left shoulder, was to begin a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Charlotte.
Athletics: 2B Josh Harrison went out with a low back. … RHP Chris Bassitt, hit in the face by a 100 km / h line ride during the series in Chicago in August. 17 before he needed surgery for three cheekbone fractures, he was out on the field shaking balls and throwing them back. He has trained in the weight room and can soon start a more structured throwing program. … OF Seth Brown, on the COVID-19 injury list, is back around the team and was scheduled for training on Tuesday and Wednesday to decide if he may need a rehabilitation task. “He feels much better,” said manager Bob Melvin.
As RHP Frankie Montas came out of the restricted list after he failed to travel to Toronto because the club could not secure him a visa. Oakland selected LHP Sam Moll for Triple-A Las Vegas after Sunday’s game.
Frakie Montas (11-9, 3.68 ERA) strikes out Wednesday night after losing his only season appearance against the White Sox last month. LHP Dallas Keuchel (8-8, 5.22) strikes for Chicago and wants to take a winless three-start where he is 0-2.
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