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Sox Get By A's

As heard on WHOW, Craig Kimbrel worked out of a jam in the eighth inning and Liam Hendriks got the save against his former team, leading the White Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.


Eloy Jimenez hit a tiebreaking RBI single and Seby Zavala drove in two runs as Chicago improved to an AL-best 40-22 at home. It was the first meeting between the teams since the A's eliminated the White Sox in the first round of the playoffs last year.


Luis Robert homered, and Dallas Keuchel (8-6) pitched five innings of two-run ball in his first win since July 9.


Oakland dropped to 4-3 on a 10-game trip after it lost two of three at last-place Texas over the weekend. It also fell to second in the AL wild-card standings, a half-game back of idle Boston and 1 1/2 games ahead of the New York Yankees.


Matt Chapman homered for the third straight day for the A's, and Mark Canha had an RBI single. Frankie Montas (9-9) was charged with three runs and eight hits in five innings.


After Michael Kopech threw two hitless innings, Kimbrel powered his way out of trouble while striking out the side in the eighth. With one out and runners on second and third after Jed Lowrie's ground-rule double, Kimbrel fanned Chapman and Josh Harrison to reach 1,001 Ks for his career.


Hendriks then struck out the side in order for his 27th save in 33 opportunities. The right-hander agreed to a $54 million, three-year contract with Chicago in January after spending the last five seasons in Oakland.


Right-handers Chris Bassitt (12-3, 3.06 ERA) and Reynaldo Lopez (1-0, 1.35 ERA) pitch on Tuesday night. Bassitt, who broke into the majors with the White Sox in 2014, is 2-0 with a sparkling 0.45 ERA in his last three starts for Oakland. Lopez has permitted one earned run in 12 innings over his last six appearances for Chicago.

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