Oakland at Chicago

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Oakland (21-30) «020210000571
Chi. White Sox (25-27)200100000370

Athletics 5, White Sox 3

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CHICAGO -- After hitting only 39 homers in their first 50 games, the Oakland Athletics cleared the fence three times in one night and helped rookie Josh Outman stay unbeaten.

Bobby Crosby and Landon Powell hit back-to-back homers and Jason Giambi also connected Wednesday night as the A's beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3.

"We've had to manufacture some runs, but when guys can hit the ball out of the park and score some runs that way, it's always nice as well," said Crosby, who snapped an 0-for-15 slump, including a 12 at-bat hitless streak on the road, with his second homer of the season.

Outman (3-0) allowed seven hits and three runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 innings. Andrew Bailey got five outs for his third save in six chances.

Once again the White Sox couldn't solve a rookie pitcher they had never seen previously. Chicago is now 1-6 this season when facing a pitcher for the first time and those hurlers have a combined 1.70 ERA against the White Sox in nine starts.

  White Sox to call up Beckham

And they'll see their fourth straight Oakland rookie on Thursday with Brett Anderson scheduled to pitch. Chicago was shut down by Vin Mazzaro in his major league debut Tuesday night.

"We lost against another rookie," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Quote me on this: The Oakland A's are going to have a tremendous pitching staff the next two or three years. The two or three guys we faced, they are good and the know what they are doing out there."

Chicago starter Clayton Richard (2-1) gave up seven hits and five runs and surrendered all three of Oakland's homers.

"He just outpitched me and that was kind of the story tonight," Richard said of Outman.

Crosby and Powell hit Richard's first two pitches of the fourth inning over the fence in left center to give the A's a 4-2 lead.

Giambi hit a two-out homer in the fifth, his seventh of the season.

"It was just a matter of time before the offense was going to strike again and they hit the ball hard tonight so it was just a great confidence booster," Outman said.

Chicago's Jermaine Dye lined his 14th homer over the center-field wall in the first, following a single by Alexei Ramirez, to give the White Sox a 2-0 cushion.

But Richard struggled in the top of the second, walking two and then giving up consecutive singles to Powell, Aaron Cunningham and Rajai Davis -- the bottom three in the batting order, all hitting under .200 -- to tie the game. The A's still had bases loaded and one out before Orlando Cabrera's grounder to third forced Powell at the plate and Adam Kennedy rolled out to first.

Chicago sliced it to 4-3 in the fourth on singles by Paul Konerko and Josh Fields and a throwing error on A's second baseman Adam Kennedy as he tried to make a relay to first to turn a double play after Brian Anderson's grounder.

But Giambi's homer restored the two-run lead in the fifth.

Notes

The White Sox said they will purchase the contract of infielder Gordon Beckham from Triple-A Charlotte before tomorrow's game against Oakland. The 22-year-old Beckham was the No. 8 overall selection in last year's draft out of Georgia. Infielder Wilson Betemit will be designated for assignment. ... DeWayne Wise replaced Anderson in center field to start the fifth. ... Many fans were bundled up with temperatures in the low 50s and a chilly wind.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Dye
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Oakland

L. Powell
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Oakland Athletics
Orlando Cabrera, SS4000104 .229
Adam Kennedy, 2B3000104 .348
Jack Cust, DH4000031 .247
Matt Holliday, LF3100100 .274
Jason Giambi, 1B4111011 .219
    Jack Hannahan, 3B0000000 .179
Bobby Crosby, 3B-1B3211100 .205
Landon Powell, C4122010 .213
Aaron Cunningham, RF4011010 .125
Rajai Davis, CF3020100 .182
Totals3257556  
Batting
HR - Jason Giambi (7, Richard), Bobby Crosby (2, Richard), Landon Powell (2, Richard)
RBI - Jason Giambi (24), Bobby Crosby (11), Landon Powell 2 (13), Aaron Cunningham (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Giambi (11)
SB - Rajai Davis (6, 2nd base off Dotel/Castro)
CS - Adam Kennedy (2, 2nd base by Richard/Castro), Rajai Davis (3, 2nd base by Richard/Castro)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Giambi, Crosby-Kennedy-Giambi
E - Adam Kennedy (5, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Josh Outman (W,3-0) 6.2732121 3.02
Michael Wuertz (H,6) 0.2000100 2.52
Andrew Bailey (S,3) 1.2000020 2.12
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Outman 113-67, Michael Wuertz 14-7, Andrew Bailey 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Outman 4-12, Michael Wuertz 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Outman 26, Michael Wuertz 3, Andrew Bailey 5
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4010001 .286
Alexei Ramirez, SS3110102 .249
Jermaine Dye, RF4112013 .284
Jim Thome, DH3000101 .252
Paul Konerko, 1B4110011 .297
Josh Fields, 3B4020010 .244
Brian Anderson, CF2000001 .263
    Dewayne Wise, CF2000010 .161
Ramon Castro, C3000001 .244
Jayson Nix, 2B3010000 .226
Totals3237224  
Batting
2B - Scott Podsednik (5, Outman)
HR - Jermaine Dye (14, Outman)
RBI - Jermaine Dye 2 (37)
Team LOB - 4
Chicago White Sox
Clayton Richard (L,2-1) 5.1755443 3.97
Octavio Dotel 0.2000110 1.00
Jimmy Gobble 1.1000010 7.88
D.J. Carrasco 1.2000000 2.34
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 94-55, Octavio Dotel 12-6, Jimmy Gobble 17-12, D.J. Carrasco 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 6-4, Octavio Dotel 1-0, Jimmy Gobble 1-2, D.J. Carrasco 3-2
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 25, Octavio Dotel 3, Jimmy Gobble 4, D.J. Carrasco 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23207
Game Time - 2:33
Temperature - 51
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Tom Hallion