In Game of Former Sox', Zito Beats Colon 3-2

In one of the better pitching matchups so far this season, Bartolo Colon and the White Sox came out on the short end of the stick against Barry Zito and the A's, losing 3-2 Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

The start of the game was delayed by rain for one hour and 30 minutes and started at 8:30. Then Colon and Zito both threw two scoreless innings before Tony Graffanino put the Sox on the board with a solo home run in the third.

The Sox added another run in the fourth with an Aaron Rowand single to left-center. Scoring was Carlos Lee, who reached first on a throwing error by third baseman Eric Chavez, and advanced to second on a high chopper to the pitcher by Joe Crede. Lee and Crede both went 0-4.

That was all the Sox managed to score off Zito and eventually Chad Bradford and Keith Foulke, who each threw a scoreless inning to end the game. Foulke, who was a part of the six-player deal between the Sox and A's in the off-season, picked up his seventh save.

As the Sox offense was silenced, the bats of Chris Singleton and fellow bottom-of-the-order hitter Eric Byrnes made noise. Byrnes singled and then scored off a Singleton triple in the fifth -- a Mark Ellis sacrifice fly scored Singleton to tie the game -- and later in the seventh Byrnes doubled before Singleton's single drove him in, putting the A's up 3-2.

Colon left after eight innings and 115 pitching, giving up three runs off six hits and two walks. Colon struck out five in the game. Kelly Wunsch threw a scoreless ninth inning in relief.

Jose Valentin led off with a pinch-hit double in the eighth, but a Frank Thomas lineout to third, Magglio Ordonez groundout back to Foulke, and Lee lineout to first ended the inning. The Sox went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Paul Konerko was back in the lineup after sitting two straight games and went 2-4, while Thomas went 0-1, walking three times. D'Angelo Jimenez and Ordonez each went 0-4 and Sandy Alomar went 0-3.


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