White Sox 7, Athletics 1
CHICAGO (AP) _ Carlos Lee became the first White Sox player to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, and Chicago stopped the Oakland Athletics’ five-game winning streak, 7-1 Friday night.
Lee, called up from Triple-A Charlotte earlier in the day, became the 75th big leaguer to homer in first at-bat. He led off the second inning by hitting a 2-2 pitch from Tom Candiotti over the center-field wall.
Lee was the first AL player to homer in his at-bat since Jon Nunnally did it for Kansas City in 1995. Marlon Anderson did it for Philadelphia last year.
The 22-year-old rookie was batting .351 with four homers and 20 RBIs at Charlotte. Starting in left field for Chicago, Lee went 1-for-4.
Frank Thomas homered and drove in three runs, and Paul Konerko also connected for the White Sox.
Jim Parque (4-2) went 6 1-3 innings, allowing one run and six hits. He struck out six and walked none.
Candiotti (2-4) pitched seven innings and gave up seven runs, three of them unearned.
Thomas and Magglio Ordonez hit RBI singles in the first inning, then Chicago scored four more in the second.
Lee homered, and an error by shortstop Miguel Tejada and a passed ball by A.J. Hinch set up Thomas’ two-run homer for a 6-0 lead.
The Athletics threatened in the third when Tejada doubled and Jason McDonald singled, but Parque struck out Hinch, Tony Phillips and Tim Raines.
Raines hit an RBI single in the fifth. Konerko homered in the sixth.
Notes: Ray Durham needs one home run as a leadoff man to set a White Sox mark with nine. ... Raines has 1,276 walks, one behind Al Kaline, who ranks 27th on the career list. ... Jason Giambi is the only Oakland player to appear in all 31 games this season.