American League Game Summary - Oakland at Chicago|
(Saturday, August 11th)
Final Score: Oakland 9, Chicago 7
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Brandon Inge drove in the winning run in the
eighth inning as the Oakland Athletics took down the Chicago White Sox, 9-7,
in the second of three from U.S. Cellular Field.
Coco Crisp went 3-for-6 with three runs scored while Jonny Gomes hit a solo
home run and drove in two for the Athletics, who have won three of their last
"We're always a hit or a break, whether it's the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth
inning, away. Fortunately enough, we've gotten those breaks and those big hits
at home," said Gomes. "It's nice to get that on the road."
Oakland starter Travis Blackley was charged with five runs on six hits over
just five innings of work. Ryan Cook (5-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings without
giving up a run to get the win.
Tyler Flowers was 3-for-3 with a solo home run and three RBI while Kevin
Youkilis added a two-run homer for the White Sox, who have dropped three of
their last four.
Francisco Liriano gave up six runs on seven hits in his 3 1/3 innings of
action. Matt Thornton (4-8) was charged with two runs in the eighth to take
"It's frustrating. I felt like I threw the ball well again and made one
mistake to Jonny Gomes," admitted Thornton. "I thought it was a good idea to
throw him a breaking ball and he jumped all over it."
Chicago took its last lead of the game with an RBI single from A.J. Pierzynski
in the seventh to make it a 7-6 contest, but the A's answered in the eighth.
With one out, Gomes tied the game with his 13th homer of the year. After Josh
Reddick flied out, Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Carter followed with singles.
Brett Myers then took the mound and Inge greeted him with a base hit to give
Oakland an 8-7 lead.
Chicago left a man on base in the eighth and Gomes' run-scoring single
in the ninth gave the A's some insurance.
Grant Balfour hit Youkilis with a pitch to start the inning, but retired the
next three batters for his eighth save of the season.
Chicago went on top with a pair of runs in the second inning. Pierzynski led
off with a single and Alexei Ramirez followed with a double. Dayan Viciedo
knocked in one with a groundout and Flowers drove home another with a double
for a 2-0 lead.
Oakland, though, responded with a big five-run third. Crisp singled with one
out and Gomes followed with a walk. A fielder's choice from Reddick saw Gomes
forced out at second, but Cespedes was then hit by a pitch. Carter's single
plated two and, following a walk to Inge, Derek Norris' ground-rule double
scored two more. An RBI single from Adam Rosales made it a 5-2 game.
The A's made it a 6-2 contest in the fourth when Crisp led off with a double
and later scored on Reddick's single.
The White Sox chipped away at the deficit in the fourth when Viciedo's two-out
double was followed by a single from Flowers for a 6-3 game.
In the fifth, Chicago made it a one-run game as Alejandro De Aza was hit by a
pitch to start the inning and Youkilis followed with a homer off the top of
the wall in center to make it a 6-5 contest.
Flowers tied the game in the sixth with his two-out, solo shot to left-center,
his third of the season.
Oakland has won three of the five games against the White Sox this
season...Oakland stranded 12 in the game, but did bat 6-for-15 with runners in
scoring position...Chicago left seven and went 3-for-8 with RISP...Chicago
recalled outfielder Dewayne Wise from Triple-A Charlotte prior to the game to
take the spot of Paul Konerko, who was placed on the seven-day disabled list
on Friday with a concussion.
08/12 00:40:31 ET