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Oakland at Chicago

Final 13th
W: O. Dotel (3-3) L: E. Gonzalez (0-2)
HR: OAK - None   CHW - None

Pierzynski's RBI double in 13th lifts White Sox over Athletics

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Octavio Dotel put the game on his shoulders, and A.J. Pierzynski sent him home with a win.

Dotel pitched three scoreless innings, Pierzynski hit a game-ending RBI double in the 13th inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Wednesday night.

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Alexei Ramirez singled with one out in the 13th against Edgar Gonzalez (0-2) and Pierzynski followed with a double off the wall in left-center.

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.


  • White Sox RHP Jake Peavy threw an intense side session before the game that was somewhere between 50-60 pitches, but Peavy is still uncertain if a start in the majors is his next step. "I have no idea what the plans are," he said. "I did what I was asked to do today and I was excited to do that."
  • Oakland RHP Vin Mazzaro, who has tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, threw a side session. There is no timetable for the rookie's next start.
  • Oakland had a season-high five stolen bases. They were 5 for 8 on the night.
  • Rookie 3B Gordon Beckham missed his fourth consecutive game with a strained right oblique. He is expected back in the lineup on Friday when Chicago begins a West Coast trip against the Los Angeles Angels.
  • White Sox OF Jermaine Dye grounded out in the 11th with bases loaded. He was 0 for 6 and is in an 8-for-63 slump.
  • Cahill allowed three runs in three innings.
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A.J. Pierzynski gets a hug from Jermaine Dye (23) following Pierzynski's game-winning RBI double. (AP)
A.J. Pierzynski gets a hug from Jermaine Dye (23) following Pierzynski's game-winning RBI double. (AP)

Players of the Game

S. Podsednik
AB 7
R 1
H 4
HR 0

S. Hairston
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Ryan Sweeney, RF5021121 .284
Scott Hairston, LF5121103 .271
    Eric Patterson, LF0000000 .163
Kurt Suzuki, C6011015 .269
Jack Cust, DH5000032 .238
Mark Ellis, 2B5020011 .280
Daric Barton, 1B5000021 .216
Cliff Pennington, SS4120100 .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)
Oakland Athletics
Trevor Cahill 3533220 4.74
Jeff Gray 1.1200010 1.93
Jerry Blevins 0.2100000 6.00
Brad Ziegler 1100120 2.98
Michael Wuertz 2100010 3.00
Craig Breslow 1000000 3.79
Brad Kilby 1.2100110 0.00
Edgar Gonzalez (L,0-2) 1.2311000 4.92
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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, LF7141000 .307
Alexei Ramirez, SS6122102 .277
A.J. Pierzynski, C5021203 .314
Paul Konerko, DH5020014 .282
Jermaine Dye, RF6000026 .256
Mark Kotsay, 1B4010002 .272
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    Josh Fields, 1B1010000 .221
Alex Rios, CF5010002 .247
Chris Getz, 2B5100124 .267
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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
Freddy Garcia 6522350 4.40
Matt Thornton (H,22) 1.2100020 2.56
Tony Pena (BS,2) 0.1211010 4.32
Bobby Jenks 2200010 3.44
Octavio Dotel (W,3-3) 3200020 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
Game Information
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