Oakland at Chicago

Scoreboard
Oakland (37-25) «0001111001590
Chi. White Sox (25-33)0030100000490

A's hit four homers, knock off White Sox in extras

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

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.

Rosale's two-out homer helped lift the Oakland Athletics to a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.

"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.

Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes hit two home runs for the second time in three games. Josh Reddick also connected. All four longballs were solo shots.

A's reliever Jerry Blevins (5-0) pitched the ninth for the win, and Grant Balfour gave up one hit in the 10th for his 14th save.

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.

Alexei Ramirez's bloop single to short center scored De Aza. Ramirez then stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch by Straily and scored on Alex Rios' single to center.

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.

Notes

  • Prior to the game, the White Sox placed right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 5) with a broken rib.
  • The 12 combined extra-inning runs scored by the White Sox and Mariners in Wednesday's 16-inning marathon tied the American league record for the fourth time, the most recently occurring in 1983.
  • Brandon Moss's three-run homer in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game at Milwaukee was the 12,000th homer in A's team history.
  • Former NBA star and Fox Sports TV personality John Salley threw out the first pitch.
  • Attendance was 21,156.
  • Friday's starters will be Oakland's Jarrod Parker (4-6, 4.90) vs. Chicago's Chris Sale (5-3, 2.44). The White Sox are scheduled to start four left-handers in a series for the first time since July 21-24, 1980, against the Royals in Kansas City.
 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Adam Rosales hits one of Oakland's four home runs as the A's edge the White Sox in extra innings.  (USATSI)
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
Oakland

Y. Cespedes
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Chicago

A. De Aza
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

Related Video

December 23, 2014
Raiders at Broncos Preview (2:57)
December 1, 2014
Boomer & Carton: Football coming to LA?
(2:58)
December 28, 2014
Jim Harbaugh to Michigan?
(1:35)
December 28, 2014
Who should be named MVP this season?
(2:42)
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, DH5020001 .293
Jed Lowrie, 2B5000002 .312
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4222000 .245
Josh Donaldson, 3B4010010 .330
Chris Young, CF4000021 .182
Nate Freiman, 1B3110000 .267
   a- Brandon Moss, PH-1B1000000 .224
Josh Reddick, RF4111011 .179
Derek Norris, C4000000 .208
Adam Rosales, SS4122010 .227
Totals3859505  
a-grounded out for Freiman in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Reddick 1
DP - Reddick-Norris
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Straily 7644230 4.67
Sean Doolittle 1100020 3.08
Jerry Blevins (W,5-0) 1100010 1.65
Grant Balfour (S,14) 1100000 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
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF-LF5131000 .265
Alexei Ramirez, SS4112012 .272
Alex Rios, RF4021111 .290
Adam Dunn, 1B5000016 .158
Paul Konerko, DH4000001 .228
Dayan Viciedo, LF4010010 .239
    Jordan Danks, PR-CF0000000 .143
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4000001 .260
Gordon Beckham, 2B3110110 .333
Tyler Flowers, C4110012 .200
Totals3749426  
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Gillaspie-Beckham-Dunn
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Quintana 7.2744023 3.95
Matt Lindstrom 0.1000000 3.08
Jesse Crain 1000020 0.65
Matt Thornton (L,0-2) 1211011 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
Game Information
Attendance - 21156
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - John Hirschbeck