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OAKLAND — Toiling in the virtual anonymity of a near-empty Coliseum, Athletics pitcher Daniel Mengden finally got his first home victory Monday night in an 8-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Mengden (2-2) came into the game a hard-luck 0-10 in home games for the A’s, just one game shy of the longest run of home futility to start a career since 1908 by someone named Bobby Hasty.
It hasn’t always been his fault, as the Athletics haven’t often given Mengden adequate support either at the plate or in the field.
That wasn’t the case against a Chicago team that came in after having its entire road series against Minnesota canceled by bad weather. Mengden lost his chance for a second career shutout when Jose Abreu homered to center leading off the ninth,with Bob Melvin bringing in Yusmeiro Petit to finish up.
Mengden finished with one walk and six strikeouts in eight innings, throwing 106 pitches, 70 of them strikes.
With the Warriors playing next door, the Sharks in the Stanley Cup playoffs and a free-for-all 50th anniversary game looming Tuesday night, just 7,479 turned out to see the A’s win and improve their record to 7-10.
Mengden’s effort was a welcome sight for a starting staff which had seen only one pitcher — left-hander Sean Manaea — pitch six innings or more in a game through the first 16 games of the season.
The outcome wasn’t in doubt by the time Mengden went out for the ninth inning, with Stephen Piscotty driving in a run with a single and Jed Lowrie hitting a two-run single for an 8-0 margin.
Some shaky White Sox defense helped the A’s score three times in the seventh inning for a 5-0 lead.
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Source:: The Mercury News