Mazzaro wins debut as A’s blank White Sox
CHICAGO ” Once Vin Mazzaro got past a nervous start, he looked right at home in his major league debut.
Mazzaro pitched into the seventh inning and Matt Holliday hit a three-run double to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 5-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
Mazzaro, who had his contract purchased from Triple-A Sacramento before the game, helped end Chicago’s season-high, four-game winning streak and handed the White Sox their fourth loss in 14 games.
Mazzaro (1-0) threw 27 pitches in the first, but got Paul Konerko to fly out with runners on first and second to end the inning. He got into another jam in the second before retiring Jayson Nix on a flyout and Scott Podsednik on a popup ” part of a stretch where the 22-year-old right-hander retired 14 of 15 batters.
“After I got the first few batters out I started to settled down,” Mazzaro said. “The two-seamer worked well and I mixed in the changeup and slider.”
Mazzaro allowed three hits, walked four and struck one in 6 1-3 innings. Jack Cust homered for Oakland, which won for just the second time in seven games.
Mazzaro had 20 family members at the ballpark, including his mother and father.
“It was awesome,” he said. “A great feeling. Especially getting a W out of it. It doesn’t get any better than that.”
Mazzaro, one of four rookies in the Oakland rotation, impressed manager Bob Geren.
“He has movement and velocity,” Geren said. “Throwing 94 with movement, you can’t touch that.”
Bartolo Colon (3-5) gave up five runs, two earned, and six hits in 5 1-3 innings for the White Sox. He was originally scheduled to start Monday, but the club decided to give the veteran right-hander an extra day of rest.
“Most of the time Colon needs to be perfect to get it going and he wasn’t today,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Cust helped Oakland get off to a fast start. He drove in Orlando Cabrera with a sacrifice fly in the first and hit his eighth homer in the fourth to make it 2-0.
Colon intentionally walked Cust to load the bases in the fifth, but Holliday responded with a double to give Oakland a 5-0 lead.
Third baseman Wilson Betemit’s error helped up set up the big inning. It was Betemit’s fifth error in 20 games.
“It’s kind of hard for me, I have to play him,” Guillen said. “It seems every time we play him he makes an error, in the meanwhile, it’s not easy, because I was in that situation when I was playing, coming in every five or six days and perform. I know it is not easy. It’s maybe my fault, I try to play him the most I can but I need better defense from him.”
Nationals 10, Giants 6
WASHINGTON ” Cristian Guzman hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Washington’s six-run eighth inning, helping the Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 10-6 on Tuesday night.
Guzman was in a 7-for-45 skid before his hit off Merkin Valdez gave the Nationals a 6-5 lead.
Washington snapped a six-game losing streak and avoided its first seven-game slide since starting the season 0-7. The six-run inning tied its season high.
Ron Villone (3-0) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings to get the win for the Nationals, who fired pitching coach Randy St. Claire ” the longest-tenured member of their staff ” before the game. Steve McCatty was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse to replace St. Claire.
Tim Lincecum struck out seven in 6 1-3 innings for the Giants, allowing four runs, two earned, and eight hits.
Aaron Rowand led off the game with a home run and San Francisco carried a 5-4 lead into the eighth.
The Nationals opened their big inning with four consecutive singles. Pinch-hitter Alberto Gonzalez tied it before Guzman put Washington ahead. Ryan Zimmerman added a two-run double, Elijah Dukes doubled in a run and Wil Nieves had a sacrifice fly.
Bob Howry (0-3) recorded just one out for the Giants, and was charged with three runs and three hits.
San Francisco took advantage of Washington’s shoddy defense to take the lead in the fifth inning. The Nationals have committed 50 errors this season, worst in the majors.
After singles by Fred Lewis and Juan Uribe and a sacrifice by Lincecum, Craig Stammen walked Rowand on a pitch in the dirt that got past catcher Josh Bard.
Bard slid to pick up the ball to the left of home plate and threw past Stammen trying to prevent Lewis from scoring. Uribe also scampered home on the play and Randy Winn singled in Rowand to give the Giants a 4-2 lead.
Stammen allowed five runs, four earned, and seven hits in six innings.
Bard hit his first home run since July 27, 2008, in the second inning. It was the second home run Lincecum has allowed in 11 games this year.
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