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Dotel (3-3) allowed two hits and struck out two, giving Chicago's bullpen some rest one night after the White Sox used five relievers in an 11-3 loss to Oakland.
"I just wanted to win or lose the game," Dotel said. "I just said give me one more, give me one more."
Ramirez drove in two runs for the White Sox, who have won six of eight and moved within 6½ games of AL Central-leading Detroit.
"All we can do is try to win games and try to forget about Detroit," Dotel said. "Hopefully they lose, but don't worry about them, just think about ourselves and do our best. That's the only thing we can do now."
Chicago nearly handed Oakland a run in the top half of the 13th when center fielder Alex Rios dropped Scott Hairston's routine fly with one out. Hairston wasn't running hard and only made it to first. He then made another baserunning blunder when he was doubled off on Kurt Suzuki's high infield popup.
Oakland manager Bob Geren replaced left fielder Hairston with Eric Patterson in the bottom of the 13th.
"I just took him out of the game," said Geren, who had a chat with Hairston after the loss.
Chicago led 3-2 before Oakland rallied in the eighth. Tony Pena entered with the bases empty and two outs, and surrendered a double to Hairston and Suzuki's tying RBI single.
Oakland's bullpen allowed one run in 9 1/3 innings but the A's still lost their three-game winning streak.
"They did a hell of a job, especially all the new guys," Oakland starter Trevor Cahill said. "Guys you bring up in September and get their feet wet, slammed the door."
Freddy Garcia, making his fifth start since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Aug. 18, allowed two runs and five hits in six innings for the White Sox.
Chicago pushed across two runs in the second to take a 3-1 lead. Scott Podsednik, who finished with four hits, doubled in Chris Getz and Jayson Nix scored on third baseman Adam Kennedy's throwing error allowing Ramirez to reach.
Ryan Sweeney doubled in a run in the third for Oakland.
|A.J. Pierzynski gets a hug from Jermaine Dye (23) following Pierzynski's game-winning RBI double. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Adam Kennedy, 3B||6||0||0||0||0||1||2||.282|
|Rajai Davis, CF||6||1||3||0||0||1||3||.307|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF||5||0||2||1||1||2||1||.284|
|Scott Hairston, LF||5||1||2||1||1||0||3||.271|
|Eric Patterson, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.163|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||6||0||1||1||0||1||5||.269|
|Jack Cust, DH||5||0||0||0||0||3||2||.238|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||1||1||.280|
|Daric Barton, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||2||1||.216|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.268|
|2B - Rajai Davis (18, Garcia), Ryan Sweeney (24, Garcia), Scott Hairston (24, Pena)|
|RBI - Ryan Sweeney (42), Scott Hairston (61), Kurt Suzuki (69)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Sweeney (16), Kurt Suzuki (23)|
|SB - Rajai Davis 2 (34, 3rd base off Garcia/Pierzynski, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski), Scott Hairston (11, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski), Kurt Suzuki (7, 2nd base off Pena/Pierzynski), Mark Ellis (8, 2nd base off Garcia/Pierzynski)|
|CS - Rajai Davis (9, 2nd base by Thornton/Pierzynski), Mark Ellis (3, 2nd base by Dotel/Pierzynski), Cliff Pennington (4, 2nd base by Dotel/Pierzynski)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Trevor Cahill (1, Throwing), Adam Kennedy (14, Throwing)|
|Edgar Gonzalez (L,0-2)||1.2||3||1||1||0||0||0||4.92|
|IBB - Pierzynski by Brad Ziegler|
|HBP - Konerko (by Edgar Gonzalez)|
|WP - Trevor Cahill (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 74-44, Jeff Gray 20-15, Jerry Blevins 15-9, Brad Ziegler 17-9, Michael Wuertz 27-15, Craig Breslow 11-8, Brad Kilby 21-11, Edgar Gonzalez 25-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 4-4, Jeff Gray 1-2, Jerry Blevins 1-1, Brad Ziegler 1-0, Michael Wuertz 1-4, Craig Breslow 1-2, Brad Kilby 1-3, Edgar Gonzalez 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 17, Jeff Gray 6, Jerry Blevins 3, Brad Ziegler 5, Michael Wuertz 7, Craig Breslow 3, Brad Kilby 7, Edgar Gonzalez 9|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||7||1||4||1||0||0||0||.307|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||6||1||2||2||1||0||2||.277|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||5||0||2||1||2||0||3||.314|
|Paul Konerko, DH||5||0||2||0||0||1||4||.282|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||6||0||0||0||0||2||6||.256|
|Mark Kotsay, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.272|
|a- Carlos Quentin, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.231|
|Josh Fields, 1B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.221|
|Alex Rios, CF||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.247|
|Chris Getz, 2B||5||1||0||0||1||2||4||.267|
|Jayson Nix, 3B||5||1||1||0||0||2||0||.231|
|b- Dewayne Wise, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.205|
|Brent Lillibridge, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.145|
|a-flied out for Kotsay in the 10th|
|b-flied out for Nix in the 12th|
|2B - Scott Podsednik 2 (24, Cahill, Wuertz), A.J. Pierzynski (22, E. Gonzalez)|
|SH - Alex Rios (1)|
|RBI - Scott Podsednik (44), Alexei Ramirez 2 (65), A.J. Pierzynski (43)|
|SB - Scott Podsednik (27, 2nd base off Ziegler/Suzuki)|
|Team LOB - 16|
|DP - Nix-Getz-Kotsay, Pierzynski-A. Ramirez, Fields-Getz|
|E - Alex Rios (5, Dropped fly)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Matt Thornton (H,22)||1.2||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.56|
|Tony Pena (BS,2)||0.1||2||1||1||0||1||0||4.32|
|Octavio Dotel (W,3-3)||3||2||0||0||0||2||0||3.54|
|Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 87-53, Matt Thornton 17-12, Tony Pena 12-9, Bobby Jenks 19-15, Octavio Dotel 30-22|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 7-5, Matt Thornton 1-1, Bobby Jenks 2-3, Octavio Dotel 1-4|
|Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 25, Matt Thornton 5, Tony Pena 3, Bobby Jenks 8, Octavio Dotel 9|
|Attendance - 23703|
|Game Time - 3:50|
|Temperature - 64|
|Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Tom Hallion|