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Ellis' walk-off home run helps A's avoid ChiSox sweep

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- So much is made about having momentum before the mighty Yankees come to town.

The Oakland Athletics don't care who's arriving next -- they never want to be swept.

"Especially at home," second baseman Mark Ellis said.

Ellis lined a home run just over the left-field wall with two outs in the ninth inning and the A's avoided a three-game sweep with a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Ellis hit his third career game-winning homer and first since June 8 last year against the Angels off Bobby Jenks (2-4), who had previously posted five straight scoreless outings. Ellis is batting .431 with 19 RBI in August.

Scott Hairston hit a tying double with two outs in the eighth off former A's closer Octavio Dotel and All-Star Andrew Bailey (5-3) pitched the ninth for the victory.

Ellis also had a sacrifice fly in the seventh for Oakland, which sported royal blue and white replica throwback uniforms for a turn-back-the-clock themed day reminiscent of the 1929 world champion Philadelphia A's for the 80th anniversary year.

The A's rallied after missing early chances when they grounded into inning-ending double plays in the first two innings.

"Being swept would have been tough," Ellis said. "We're starting to play better baseball, starting to play more exciting baseball."

Scott Podsednik broke up a scoreless game with an RBI triple in the sixth for the White Sox and Jim Thome had a sacrifice fly three batters later. Chicago looked poised for its first three-game sweep in Oakland in 12 years.

"We won the series and that's what we want to do," said Mark Kotsay, a former fan favorite while with the A's. "It would be nice to win all of them but sweeping a series is not easy to do."

White Sox starter John Danks, who was trying for back-to-back victories for the first time since May 20 and 25, allowed a one-out double to Rajai Davis in the eighth and then gave way to Dotel. Kurt Suzuki fouled out before Hairston's double.

"These losses obviously hurt and they stick in your mind for a while," White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen said. "But as soon as we hit the field again we'll be fine. You just can't carry one day to the next."

A's rookie Trevor Cahill avoided losing his fifth straight start and hung tough in this pitcher's duel. He has received run support of two or fewer runs in 13 of his 25 starts and is 0-8 in those outings.

Oakland now starts a three-game series with New York Yankees on Monday night on a bit of an upswing. The A's will call up recently signed right-hander Brett Tomko to start Monday and push Vin Mazzaro back to Tuesday because Justin Duchscherer isn't ready to make his season debut.

"It's not baseball related," assistant general manager David Forst said of Duchscherer, a two-time All-Star recovering from March elbow surgery.

Kotsay doubled among his two hits and scored a run for the White Sox. The White Sox had their four-game winning streak at the Coliseum snapped, its longest since a five-game run here from Aug. 1, 1996 to Aug. 5, 1997.

After Podsednik's one-out triple, Cahill walked Gordon Beckham and Jermaine Dye to load the bases. Thome followed with a sacrifice fly.

Oakland manager Bob Geren sported a navy blue pinstripe suit, paisley tie and felt hat before the game - even wearing the spiffy outfit for the exchange of lineups just before first pitch.

Back in uniform, Geren was ejected in the ninth by second base umpire Gary Darling for arguing a stolen base by Jayson Nix.

"I'm not wearing no suit," Guillen said before the game. "I love old-school games. Nice idea."

Chicago general manager Kenny Williams sure was hoping to see Guillen all dressed up.

"I would have paid money," Williams said. "We were all trying. I would have gone down and paid him myself."

Even the fans got into it.

"The hat has to go, Bob," one woman yelled at Geren. "Connie Mack wore a straw hat."

Notes

  • Davis extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games with a sixth-inning single. He also stole his 24th base.
  • Slumping White Sox OF Carlos Quentin -- 1 for 15 over his three previous games -- had the day off. With the recent addition of Alex Rios, Guillen has plenty of OFs to choose from. "It's a headache. It's a good one," the skipper said.
  • The A's lead the season series 4-3 with two more meetings next month in Chicago.
  • Public address announcer Dick Callahan worked from the field level. The Coliseum became Shibe Park for a day and old cars came around the warning track before the game.
 
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Mark Ellis' third career game-winning HR completes the Athletics' comeback against the White Sox.  (AP)
Mark Ellis' third career game-winning HR completes the Athletics' comeback against the White Sox. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

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

S. Podsednik
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF5111013 .296
Gordon Beckham, 3B3010110 .306
Jermaine Dye, RF3010101 .273
Jim Thome, DH2001011 .250
   a- Paul Konerko, PH-DH1000000 .274
Alex Rios, CF4000014 .259
A.J. Pierzynski, C4010012 .311
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010010 .276
Mark Kotsay, 1B3120000 .262
Jayson Nix, 2B3010013 .228
Totals3228227  
a-flied out for Thome in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gordon Beckham (22, Cahill), A.J. Pierzynski (16, Cahill), Mark Kotsay (6, Cahill)
3B - Scott Podsednik (4, Cahill)
SF - Jim Thome (2)
SH - Mark Kotsay (1), Jayson Nix (1)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (34), Jim Thome (71)
SB - Jayson Nix (8, 2nd base off Bailey/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Nix-A. Ramirez-Kotsay, A. Ramirez-Nix-Kotsay
Chicago White Sox
John Danks 7.1822130 3.96
Octavio Dotel (BS,3) 0.2100010 2.72
Bobby Jenks (L,2-4) 0.2111001 3.89
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 91-62, Octavio Dotel 13-10, Bobby Jenks 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 5-12
Batters Faced - John Danks 29, Octavio Dotel 3, Bobby Jenks 3
Oakland Athletics
Adam Kennedy, 3B4000001 .287
Rajai Davis, CF3120100 .300
Kurt Suzuki, C4000003 .277
Scott Hairston, LF4021001 .285
Nomar Garciaparra, DH4120012 .267
Bobby Crosby, SS4010012 .225
Tommy Everidge, 1B4000023 .236
Mark Ellis, 2B3122000 .283
Aaron Cunningham, RF3010003 .151
Totals33310314  
Batting
2B - Rajai Davis (12, Danks), Scott Hairston (21, Dotel), Bobby Crosby (8, Danks)
HR - Mark Ellis (6, Jenks)
SF - Mark Ellis (4)
RBI - Scott Hairston (50), Mark Ellis 2 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Hairston (20), Mark Ellis (19)
SB - Rajai Davis (24, 2nd base off Danks/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Crosby-Ellis-Everidge
E - Aaron Cunningham (2, Dropped fly)
Oakland Athletics
Trevor Cahill 6622220 4.97
Jay Marshall 1000010 0.00
Michael Wuertz 1100030 3.16
Andrew Bailey (W,5-3) 1100010 2.05
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 98-59, Jay Marshall 7-7, Michael Wuertz 27-15, Andrew Bailey 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 7-8, Jay Marshall 2-0, Andrew Bailey 1-1
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 25, Jay Marshall 3, Michael Wuertz 5, Andrew Bailey 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20241
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Todd Tichenor