Originally created 06/03/04

Athletics edge out White Sox



OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mark Kotsay hit Oakland's second straight game-ending home run, a 10th-inning drive Wednesday that gave the Athletics a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.

A day after Bobby Kielty's 12th-inning homer beat the White Sox 6-4, Kotsay pinch hit for Kielty in the eighth inning. Then in the 10th against Jon Adkins (2-2), Kotsay homered for the first time since last Sept. 19 against Colorado. Kotsay had not homered in his previous 51 games and 206 at-bats.

It was the first time Oakland got consecutive game-ending homers since Dwayne Murphy and Mike Heath did it on Aug. 14 and 15, 1981. Kotsay had one previous game-ending homer, against the New York Mets on June 30, 1999.

Oakland played without Gold Glove third baseman Eric Chavez, expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks with a broken bone in his right hand. Chavez was hurt Tuesday in the 11th inning when he was hit by a pitch from Damaso Marte.

Scott Hatteberg's RBI single in the ninth tied the score Wednesday against former A's closer Billy Koch, who blew a save for the second time in nine chances.

Hatteberg got to third on Bobby Crosby's groundout and Mark McLemore walked to bring up Eric Byrnes, who lined out, sending the game into extra innings.

Joe Crede had a career-high four hits and Carlos Lee extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a first-inning RBI single that put the White Sox ahead.

Mark Buehrle, going for his fifth straight win, outpitched Mark Mulder.

Buehrle hasn't lost since April 20, when he was pulled after two innings in an 11-8 loss to the New York Yankees. This time, he worked creatively - stopping two grounders with his feet, picking up the ball and throwing to first for the out. He allowed five hits, struck out six and walked two in six innings.

Mulder was tagged for eight hits and two earned runs, striking out five and walking two in seven innings.

Jermaine Dye homered for the second time in as many days, connecting for a solo shot leading off the sixth on a 3-2 pitch. It was Dye's 11th homer of the year and only the second given up by Buehrle in his last five starts, a span of 33 innings.

Mulder and Buehrle - both star left-handers - combined for the three quickest games in the majors last year: 1 hour, 49 minutes, 1:53 and 1:54, but they weren't as fast in their first 2004 meeting. The game lasted 2:50.

Mulder needed 26 pitches to get out of the first inning, then threw only 10 in the second and 11 in the third. He had to labor in several innings.

Chicago made it 2-0 on Juan Uribe's RBI fielder's choice in the second.

Oakland left the bases loaded in the third. After McLemore flied out, Byrnes singled and Marco Scutaro followed with a double to right. Kielty grounded out, then Dye walked to load the bases. But Erubiel Durazo popped out to third.

Notes: White Sox OF Magglio Ordonez missed his seventh game with a strained left calf. ... A's C Damian Miller returned to the lineup after being held out Tuesday with a sore left elbow. ... Thomas' double in the fifth was his 440th, tying Luke Appling for the most in White Sox history. ... Chicago is 14-3 in the final game of a series. ... Lee's career-best hitting streak is the second longest in the majors this year and the longest by a White Sox player since Ordonez had an 18-game hit streak from April 3-22 last year.