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Chicago at Oakland

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Chi. White Sox (59-57) «24000100018122
Oakland (51-64)00052000007110

White Sox 8, Athletics 7 (10)

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- If their bullpen keeps pitching like this, the Chicago White Sox could end up being a factor in the American League wild card race after all.

Four relievers combined for 5 2/3 shutout innings, and Alexei Ramirez led off the 10th inning with a home run as Chicago managed an 8-7 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night after blowing a six-run lead.

"That's key for us," said closer Bobby Jenks, who pitched a scoreless 10th for his 24th save. "We've got one of the better bullpens in baseball. In a game like this that kind of got out of hand early on both sides, being able to shut down a team is extremely important."

D.J. Carrasco and Matt Thornton combined to give up just one hit in 3 2/3 innings before Octavio Dotel (2-3) struck out the side in the eighth in his only inning to get the win. Jenks gave up two hits in the ninth -- ending a streak of 15 straight batters retired by Chicago's bullpen -- then held on for the save.

"Our bullpen has been a big part of our success this year," Carrasco said. "When a team's scoring you have to come in and hold them. It's something we take pride in."

Ramirez, whose ninth-inning home run lifted Chicago to a 3-1 win over Seattle on Tuesday, hit an 0-2 pitch from Craig Breslow (4-4) over the fence in left field to help the White Sox to just their fourth win in their last 16 road games.

They did it despite blowing the big lead and yet another rough outing by Jose Contreras.

The struggling right-hander cruised through the first three innings before the wheels came off in the fourth when Oakland scored five runs. Scott Hairston homered leading off, Mark Ellis added a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs and Cliff Pennington added an RBI single that cut Chicago's lead to 6-5.

The A's scored twice in the fifth to take their first lead and chase the 37-year-old, who could be headed to the bullpen after his latest rough outing. Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen mentioned before the game the White Sox were considering that as an option, and Contreras certainly didn't help his cause to stay in the rotation after giving up seven runs, six earned, in 4 1/3 innings.

Guillen, however, softened his stance afterward.

"Maybe tomorrow I'll change my mind but right now we have to keep running him out there," Guillen said. "Right now I don't have a better answer for next time for Jose."

Ramon Castro homered for Chicago, Gordon Beckham tied a season-high with three hits and Jermaine Dye added two hits and three RBI.

Oakland lost for the fourth time in the last 11 games.

"They found some holes on some medium- to soft-hit grounders that found holes, and then they hit the ball pretty hard," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "In [Breslow's] case it was truly just one pitch, it really was. But we have to score ourselves."

Oakland's Brett Anderson, who had a 23-inning scoreless streak earlier this season, gave up three straight singles to start the game and fell behind 2-0 in the first. He gave up four runs in the second when Chicago batted around.

Castro's two-run homer highlighted the inning for the White Sox while Dye added a two-run single as Chicago took a 6-0 lead.

Notes

Over his last six starts Contreras is 0-4 with two no-decisions and a 7.63 ERA. ... Hairston's home run was his 15th of the season and fifth since joining the A's in a trade with San Diego on July 5. ... Oakland's Rajai Davis stole second base in the fifth inning, marking 10 straight games in which the A's have had at least one steal. It's their longest streak since 1988. ... Chicago RHP Jake Peavy pitched three shutout innings in the minors on Thursday but Guillen says the White Sox will continue to take a cautious approach. Peavy, acquired in a trade with San Diego on July 31, hasn't pitched in the majors since June 8. ... Chicago placed IF Chris Getz on the 15-day DL with a strained right oblique muscle and called up IF Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A Charlotte.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

M. Ellis
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Chicago

J. Dye
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, DH5220001 .297
Gordon Beckham, 3B5231000 .302
Jermaine Dye, RF4023111 .270
Paul Konerko, 1B4000103 .277
Alex Rios, CF4011022 .262
Carlos Quentin, LF5000024 .227
    Dewayne Wise, LF0000000 .200
Alexei Ramirez, SS5221021 .274
Jayson Nix, 2B4100122 .224
Ramon Castro, C2122100 .234
   a- A.J. Pierzynski, PH-C2000010 .310
Totals408128410  
a-fouled out for Castro in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gordon Beckham (20, Anderson), Alex Rios (26, Ziegler)
HR - Alexei Ramirez (14, Breslow), Ramon Castro (6, Anderson)
SF - Alex Rios (7)
SH - Scott Podsednik (5)
RBI - Gordon Beckham (41), Jermaine Dye 3 (70), Alex Rios (63), Alexei Ramirez (53), Ramon Castro 2 (23)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Beckham-Nix-Konerko
E - Alexei Ramirez (15, Misplayed grounder), Alex Rios (4, Dropped fly)
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras 4.1876041 5.40
D.J. Carrasco 2.1100110 3.70
Matt Thornton 1.1000010 2.49
Octavio Dotel (W,2-3) 1000030 2.76
Bobby Jenks (S,24) 1200010 3.73
HBP - Everidge (by Jose Contreras)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 83-56, D.J. Carrasco 32-20, Matt Thornton 13-8, Octavio Dotel 12-10, Bobby Jenks 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 3-6, D.J. Carrasco 3-3, Matt Thornton 2-1, Bobby Jenks 2-0
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 22, D.J. Carrasco 9, Matt Thornton 4, Octavio Dotel 3, Bobby Jenks 5
Oakland Athletics
Adam Kennedy, 3B5000030 .280
Rajai Davis, CF5110022 .292
Kurt Suzuki, C5000011 .279
Scott Hairston, LF5222000 .286
Ryan Sweeney, RF5131000 .275
Tommy Everidge, 1B4110012 .266
    Bobby Crosby, PR0000000 .225
Jack Cust, DH2110110 .230
   a- Nomar Garciaparra, PH-DH2000002 .259
Mark Ellis, 2B4123012 .273
Cliff Pennington, SS4011011 .320
Totals417117110  
a-grounded out for Cust in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Sweeney (19, Carrasco), Mark Ellis (14, Contreras)
HR - Scott Hairston (15, Contreras)
RBI - Scott Hairston 2 (49), Ryan Sweeney (34), Mark Ellis 3 (39), Cliff Pennington (6)
SB - Rajai Davis (23, 2nd base off Contreras/Castro)
CS - Cliff Pennington (1, 2nd base by Contreras/Castro)
Team LOB - 6
Oakland Athletics
Brett Anderson 5977351 4.55
Jay Marshall (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Brad Ziegler (BS,2) 1.2100120 2.73
Michael Wuertz 1100010 3.21
Andrew Bailey 1000010 2.08
Craig Breslow (L,5-6) 1111011 4.22
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 98-61, Jay Marshall 3-2, Brad Ziegler 35-20, Michael Wuertz 16-10, Andrew Bailey 10-8, Craig Breslow 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 4-6, Jay Marshall 1-0, Brad Ziegler 2-1, Andrew Bailey 1-1, Craig Breslow 1-1
Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 27, Jay Marshall 1, Brad Ziegler 7, Michael Wuertz 4, Andrew Bailey 3, Craig Breslow 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20348
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Paul Emmel