OAKLAND -- Mat Latos gave up one hit over six shutout innings for his first win since last July, Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 6-1 on Thursday to give manager Robin Ventura his 300th career win.
A free agent who struggled this spring after signing with Chicago in the offseason, Latos (1-0) was stellar in his White Sox debut while striking out two and walking one.
Abreu homered on a 1-1 pitch from Oakland starter Kendall Graveman in the sixth. The White Sox slugger added a sacrifice fly during Chicago's four-run ninth.
It's been a good start to the season for the White Sox, who outscored the A's 16-10 while taking three of four in the series.
Graveman (0-1) pitched well, too, despite being ill with flu-like symptoms earlier this week. He allowed three hits in 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and one walk.
Coghlan singled home Oakland's lone run in the ninth off Putnam.
STILL THE MAN
There was some uncertainty about who the A's closer would be after Oakland pitched lefty Sean Doolittle in the first two games and then used right-hander Ryan Madson in Wednesday's win. Manager Bob Melvin said he's open to using both relievers in the role depending on the circumstances but was adamant that the job is Doolittle's. "If there is some matchup in the eighth that would suggest more of a lefty . we would make an adjustment that way," Melvin said. "But as we sit here Sean's our closer when you're breaking down where our bullpen is."
White Sox: Latos had not won since July 21 with Miami and was still on the mend this spring after fighting knee injuries each of the past two years. After leaving the Marlins, he was winless in six games (five starts) for the Dodgers last year and two relief outings with the Angels. ... SS Jimmy Rollins was given a planned day off.
Athletics: LHP Felix Doubrant is seeking a second opinion on his injured left elbow. Doubrant has been on the disabled list since getting hurt while pitching in Oakland's final spring training game. "Until we have a resolution in what we're doing going forward, I'm not sure yet," Melvin said when asked what the plan is for the starter.
White Sox: LHP John Danks, who starts Friday's home opener against Cleveland, needs 14 strikeouts to reach 1,100 with Chicago.
Athletics: LHP Eric Surkamp will be called up from the minors to start in Seattle on Friday.