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CHICAGO -- A native Chicagoan who was a Cubs fan, Adam Rosales took a little extra satisfaction Thursday night when he homered in the 10th inning.
"It feels really special," Rosales said. "I had family in the stands and a lot of friends. I grew up a Cubs fan, I grew up coming here when it was Comiskey [Park]. Just to play on this field is a great opportunity, and to do that is just unbelievable to me."
Rosales' fourth homer of the season came off White Sox reliever Matt Thornton (0-2), one of a season-high four homers for the A's.
The A's have won six of seven and 17 of 20. Oakland is 12-2 during a 17-day stretch without a day off.
"The guys have just been awesome, they've been playing really well, a great team chemistry, guys coming up big and getting big hits and pitchers keeping us in the ballgame," Rosales said. "It's been a great start to the season."
Oakland right fielder Reddick had two of the biggest plays of the night.
In the bottom of the fifth, he threw out Chicago's Tyler Flowers trying to score from second on Alejandro De Aza's single to right. Had Flowers scored, that would have been Chicago's fifth run.
"Nobody's really challenged my arm this year," Reddick said. "That's one thing I take pride in, that's the best part of my game on defense, throwing guys out. For them to actually try that made me feel really good that there are some guys that are going to try and run on that."
And Reddick's homer in the seventh tied it 4-all.
"It's hard to pick one," Reddick said when asked which play was more crucial. "They're both equally as important. The throw-out saves a run and if that run scores, we lose in the ninth.
"And, obviously, if you don't hit the home run, we don't go into extra innings and win the ballgame," Reddick added. "It's harder to pick one. You've got to look at them both the same way and look at them as saving the ballgame."
The White Sox have lost nine of their last 10 games and have been outscored 47-26 in their last nine games. Chicago has lost all four games against Oakland this season.
"We need to start winning some games or we might be saying bye to some people in July," White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham said. "Hopefully, we can start winning and get a streak going."
White Sox starter Jose Quintana went 7 2-3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. He did not walk a batter but gave up three home runs.
Oakland starter Dan Straily pitched seven innings, gave up four runs on six hits, walked two and struck out three.
"I thought (Straily) pitched really well and I think his confidence has gotten to a point where he can give up some runs and still stay with it," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Whereas earlier in the season it might have snowballed or cratered on him a little bit. It was impressive."
After Straily retired the first seven batters he faced, the White Sox scored three runs in the bottom of the third.
Beckham singled to center, but was forced at second when Flowers hit into a fielder's choice. De Aza doubled down the right field line, scoring Flowers.
The A's broke up Quintana's perfect game with two outs in the fourth when Cespedes drove a 1-1 pitch into the left-center stands to make it 3-1.
Oakland closed the gap to 3-2 in the top of the fifth when Nate Freiman led off with a single to center and scored on Rosales' double just inside the third base line.
Beckham led off the fifth with a walk, Flowers' double pushed Beckett to third and De Aza singled to score Beckham.
Oakland again closed Chicago's lead to one run in the sixth when Cespedes hit his second homer of the game - and 13th this year - a one-out drive to right-center.
The A's tied it at 4 in the seventh on Reddick's longball to right field, his second of the season.
The White Sox played without manager Robin Ventura, who was excused from Thursday and Friday's games to attend his daughter's graduation in California. Bench coach Mark Parent filled in for Ventura on Thursday, while pitching coach Don Cooper will manage Friday.
|Adam Rosales hits one of Oakland's four home runs as the A's edge the White Sox in extra innings. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Coco Crisp, DH||5||0||2||0||0||0||1||.293|
|Jed Lowrie, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||.312|
|Yoenis Cespedes, LF||4||2||2||2||0||0||0||.245|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.330|
|Chris Young, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.182|
|Nate Freiman, 1B||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.267|
|a- Brandon Moss, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.224|
|Josh Reddick, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.179|
|Derek Norris, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Adam Rosales, SS||4||1||2||2||0||1||0||.227|
|a-grounded out for Freiman in the 9th|
|2B - Adam Rosales (5, Quintana)|
|HR - Yoenis Cespedes 2 (13, Quintana, Quintana), Josh Reddick (2, Quintana), Adam Rosales (4, Thornton)|
|RBI - Yoenis Cespedes 2 (35), Josh Reddick (18), Adam Rosales 2 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Yoenis Cespedes (7), Adam Rosales 2 (3)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Outfield Assists - Josh Reddick 1|
|DP - Reddick-Norris|
|Jerry Blevins (W,5-0)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.65|
|Grant Balfour (S,14)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.42|
|WP - Dan Straily (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Straily 95-58, Sean Doolittle 16-12, Jerry Blevins 8-6, Grant Balfour 18-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Straily 4-13, Sean Doolittle 1-0, Jerry Blevins 2-0, Grant Balfour 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Dan Straily 28, Sean Doolittle 4, Jerry Blevins 4, Grant Balfour 4|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF-LF||5||1||3||1||0||0||0||.265|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.272|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||2||1||1||1||1||.290|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||1||6||.158|
|Paul Konerko, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.228|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.239|
|Jordan Danks, PR-CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Conor Gillaspie, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.260|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.333|
|Tyler Flowers, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.200|
|2B - Alejandro De Aza (12, Straily), Alex Rios (14, Doolittle), Tyler Flowers (8, Straily)|
|SH - Alexei Ramirez (1)|
|RBI - Alejandro De Aza (27), Alexei Ramirez 2 (12), Alex Rios (31)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alexei Ramirez 2 (7), Alex Rios (13)|
|SB - Alejandro De Aza (7, 2nd base off Straily/Norris), Alexei Ramirez (12, 2nd base off Straily/Norris)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Gillaspie-Beckham-Dunn|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Matt Thornton (L,0-2)||1||2||1||1||0||1||1||3.72|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 107-68, Matt Lindstrom 2-2, Jesse Crain 8-7, Matt Thornton 24-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 11-9, Jesse Crain 1-0, Matt Thornton 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 29, Matt Lindstrom 1, Jesse Crain 3, Matt Thornton 5|
|Attendance - 21156|
|Game Time - 2:57|
|Temperature - 54|
|Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - John Hirschbeck|