OAKLAND, Calif. -- Coco Crisp decided it was worth the gamble after watching one pitch. He lost the gamble and the Oakland Athletics lost the game.
"I hesitated just enough," said Crisp, who was successful stealing home once in the minors. "If I'm going to go for it, I should just go for it. I still believe, without the stutter step, I'm in."
Crisp had a chance to tie the game only because the A's rallied for three runs in the seventh. David DeJesus, who had two hits, including a triple, drove in a run after Ryan Sweeney scored on a wild pitch. Kevin Kouzmanoff added a sacrifice fly.
DeJesus, who is one hit shy of 1,000, was picked off first base to end the seventh.
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"It was right there for us but we couldn't overcome the early four-run deficit," A's manager Bob Geren said. "If he's safe, it's the most exciting play in baseball. If he's out, it's a tough way to end an inning with a pretty good hitter up."
Omar Vizquel, who has successfully swiped home on a straight steal, had an RBI double during a four-run second inning and Phil Humber pitched well into the seventh. Paul Konerko added two hits for Chicago, which improved to 5-2 on its current road trip.
Crisp led off the inning with a single, stole second and went to third on Daric Barton's groundout. The speedy outfielder then broke for home while left-handed reliever Matt Thornton was in his windup. White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski caught the inside pitch and reached out to tag Crisp as he slid in front of home plate.
"In that situation he wasn't paying attention to me," Crisp said. "The only person paying any attention was Omar. I just took a stutter step before going and that's all it took for the play to go their way."
Thornton said Crisp "caught me off guard a little bit."
"You never know, if I flinch you might get a balk. Everyone thought he was just going to deke a little bit, fake in and come back out, but he kept on going," Thornton said. "Two weeks ago that's a game-tying run and who knows what happens. But we're playing a little better baseball right now and getting some better results as a whole."
Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy had control problems in the second inning when the White Sox scored four times. He gave up a leadoff single to Konerko, then issued consecutive walks to load the bases. Alex Rios' grounder scored one run and Vizquel followed with an RBI double.
"It's really frustrating," McCarthy said. "I walk two to start the inning and that's something I just can't do. That was too much to save the outing. To lose by one runs after that is really tough to swallow."
Gordon Beckham's sacrifice fly made it 3-0, and after Juan Pierre reached on an infield single, McCarthy threw wildly to first on a pickoff attempt. The ball rolled into Chicago's bullpen as Vizquel raced in from third.
McCarthy (1-4) settled down and allowed only two hits over the next five innings but remains winless over his last six starts. The right-hander had six strikeouts and two walks.
Injured Oakland closer Andrew Bailey played catch before leaving for Arizona, where he's scheduled to pitch one inning in an extended spring training game Saturday. ... The A's played without OF Josh Willingham, who served a one-game suspension for bumping plate umpire Bill Miller while arguing a called third strike against Kansas City on May 6. ... With 20 games without an off day, the White Sox are going with a six-man rotation and manager Ozzie Guillen isn't ruling out using it beyond that. ... Justine Siegel, a 36-year-old mother of one, threw batting practice to Geren and a few A's players before the game. Siegel had previously pitched batting practice for Oakland in spring training and was extended an invitation to join the team at the Coliseum.