Bassitt throws Athletics past White Sox

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Associated Press Former Snapper Matt Olson connects for a home run during Sunday's game.

CHICAGO (AP) - Chris Bassitt admitted he had a little extra incentive Sunday.

Bassitt threw seven sharp innings against his first major league team and Matt Olson homered, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 2-0 victory over Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox.

The 30-year-old Bassitt was drafted by Chicago in 2011 and made his debut with the White Sox in 2014 before he was traded to Oakland in the Jeff Samardzija deal.

"Every time I pitch against these guys for my career, I'm going to try to prove to them they made a mistake," Bassitt said. "That's the reality of it. Anyone that says different is lying. So yeah, any time I pitch against these guys, they're going to get my 'A' game."

Bassitt (8-5) permitted four hits, struck out seven and walked two. Olson, Robbie Grossman and Chad Pinder had two hits apiece for the Athletics, who are fighting for position in the AL wild-card race.

Manager Bob Melvin said Bassitt's fastball was the best it's been this season.

"That saved me today because I had nothing else besides the fastball," Bassitt said. "You have your best pitch and it's the best of the year, it's going to play out well for you."

Giolito (12-6) struck out a career-high 13 in six innings. The All-Star right-hander allowed two runs and five hits.

The White Sox had won five of seven.

Olson connected for his 23rd homer after Matt Chapman just missed his own drive in the fourth. Right fielder Jon Jay leaped to try to catch Chapman's deep fly ball at the fence, but it bounced out of his glove for a double.

Olson was batting 6 for 30 this month.

"I went out there in the fourth inning and didn't have my focus like I had the other innings," Giolito said. "You do that in the big leagues, they're gonna hurt you."

Giolito struck out the side in the third and sixth innings and ended his outing with five straight strikeouts. He has just one victory in his last seven starts after winning eight straight outings in May and June.

"Coming out of the break, I was a little flat. I'll admit that," Giolito said. "I think my legs weren't under me, but the last two turns I really got in the weight room and made the routine better. Doing things more for maintenance. It's a long year."

Bassitt is 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA in his last six starts.

Liam Hendriks struck out two in the ninth for his 12th save in 17 opportunities.

The A's went 3-3 during their week in Chicago, dropping two of three against the Cubs before splitting their first two on the South Side. Oakland won the season series against the White Sox 5-1.

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