Gray goes seven innings as Athletics beat White Sox 2-

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 10:38 AM

Gray pitched seven powerful innings, Tag Canha homered and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 Wednesday night to avert at three-game sweep.

Gray goes seven innings as Athletics beat White Sox 2-

Sonny Gray overcame lingering effects of a stomach flu and managed a quality start his team needed.

Gray pitched seven powerful innings, Tag Canha homered and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 Wednesday night to avert at three-game sweep.

Gray, scratched from an opening-day start because of the illness, gave up a running and three hits, walking four and striking out five.

"I felt OK," Gray said. "I still perceive a tiny beat but I wanted to go out and attempt to create pitches. This was a beautiful necessary game. You don't wish to start 0-3."

Gray began to drag a bit after recording the first out of the seventh, but maintained just sufficient to obtain three groundouts in the inning.

"We've seen him pitch that type of game often," A'south manager Bob Melvin said. "After a couple of losses, he gets more inspired to go out and work deep into games. It took a small out of him but he stepped up."

According to White Sox catcher Alex Avila, Gray didn't look tired.

"Damn excellent pitcher. I asked him today, 'How you feeling?' and he goes 'Not too good,'" Avila said. "It didn't seem that way. He'south got a lot of confidence in everything he throws. It'south a hang-with-him type of day. You attempt to survive against guys like that."

John Axford pitched a scoreless eighth and Ryan Madsen got the final three outs for his first save. Madsen'south latest four saves have arrive against the White Sox.

Chicago starter Carlos Rodon gave up two runs and seven hits over seven innings. He walked one and stuck out six.

Jed Lowrie also had an RBI for the A'south and Jimmy Rollins drove in a running for Chicago.

Adam Eaton singled twice and walked, reaching base safely in twenty-fifth consecutive games dating to latest Sept. 9.

Billy Burns had two hits for the A's.

WHAT A RELIEF

Madsen, who recorded just his fourth rescue since two thousand eleven, said the challenge of finishing a near game gave him a boost.

"In spring training, I breezed through it," Madsen said. "This was probably the first challenge I've had. My arm came lively out there."

Madsen recorded thirty-two saves for the Philadelphia Phillies in two thousand-eleventh and was out of baseball until joining the KS City Royals last season.

He threw a 3-2 changeup for the final out.

"I've done it a bunch, but in a new league, it'south probably not as recognizable now," he said. "It was the right pitch at the right time and it was available."

MOUND HAPPY

RHP Henderson Alvarez threw twenty-five pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, facing hitters for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery.

"I felt good," Alvarez said. "I was very pleased to obtain back out there and obtain into a rhythm."

Alvarez, expected to return in late May, will pitch live batting practice at Single-A Stockton on Sun as he looks to pitch in the majors for the first time since latest May 22.

TRAINER'south ROOM

White Sox: INF Jimmy Rollins will obtain the day off Thursday. "We don't wish Jimmy playing every day," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "It has nothing to do with skill and he came in grand shape. It'south just age." ... OF Melky Cabrera will switch positions with DH Avisail Garcia on Thursday.

Athletics: LHP Eric Surkamp will be recalled after Thursday'south game and start for the A'south on Friday in Seattle'south residence opener. Surkamp appeared in thirty-fifth games, out of the bullpen, with the White Sox in two thousand-fourteenth. "He'south got a nice, simple delivery," Ventura said. "He came in and did excellent work for us." ... INF Eric Sogard (neck) will stay in Oakland to continue rehabbing.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Mat Latos makes his Chicago White Sox and Oakland Coliseum debut in Thursday'south series finale against the A's. The seven-year veteran is 4-11, with a 4.74 ERA in twenty-fourth April starts. Lowrie is five for eight against him, including two home runs.

Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman, who was sent residence with the flu Tuesday night, makes the start on Thursday. Graveman, who said he lost about twelve pounds because of the illness, has never faced the White Sox.

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