How it happened: Avisail Garcia hit a two-run single with two outs in the eighth inning to put the White Sox on top. White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt was solid in his second career start, giving up one run on five hits over six-plus innings. Former White Sox slugger Adam Dunn drove in the only run against Bassitt in the fourth inning. A’s starter Jeff Samardzija showed once again how he likes pitching at U.S. Cellular Field, giving up six hits over seven scoreless innings.
What it means: At least the White Sox are showing they can be a pest for teams trying to wrap up a playoff spot. They have won two of the first three games in the series against the contending A's. The White Sox still have road series against the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers before closing the season Sept. 25-28 at home against the Royals. Maybe they will have a say in how the American League Central is won after all.
Outside the box: More new faces on defense did not mean issues with the gloves like there were Tuesday. A night after the White Sox made five errors, three by third baseman Marcus Semien, they went error free Wednesday, even with Josh Phegley at catcher, Andy Wilkins at first base, Carlos Sanchez at second and Jordan Danks in left. Danks made an impressive diving catch in the seventh inning. The White Sox entered with 10 errors over their last seven games after committing just five in their previous 14 contests.
Offbeat: Didn’t it figure that Dunn’s first RBI against the White Sox after all his time playing for Chicago wouldn’t come on a home run, but on an opposite-field single. Like most teams had when Dunn played on the South Side, the White Sox went with a defensive shift in order to take away the right side of the field. So Dunn went with the pitch from Bassitt and dropped it over the head of third baseman Conor Gillaspie, who had shifted over in the general vicinity of shortstop.
Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Chris Sale (11-3, 2.09 ERA) to the mound Thursday in the finale of this four-game series. The A’s will counter with left-hander Scott Kazmir (14-7, 3.42) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.