White Sox tip A;s in 13

CHICAGO (AP) a€" Octavio Dotel put the game on his shoulders, and A.J. Pierzynski sent him home with a win.

Dotel pitched three scoreless innings, Pierzynski hit a game-ending RBI double in the 13th inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Alexei Ramirez singled with one out in the 13th against Edgar Gonzalez (0-2) and Pierzynski followed with a double off the wall in left-center.

Dotel (3-3) allowed two hits and struck out two, giving Chicagoa€™s bullpen some rest one night after the White Sox used five relievers in an 11-3 loss to Oakland.

a€œI just wanted to win or lose the game,a€ Dotel said. a€œI just said give me one more, give me one more.a€

Ramirez drove in two runs for the White Sox, who have won six of eight and moved within 6 1/2 games of AL Central-leading Detroit.

a€œAll we can do is try to win games and try to forget about Detroit,a€ Dotel said. a€œHopefully they lose, but dona€™t worry about them, just think about ourselves and do our best. Thata€™s the only thing we can do now.a€

Chicago nearly handed Oakland a run in the top half of the 13th when center fielder Alex Rios dropped Scott Hairstona€™s routine fly with one out. Hairston wasna€™t running hard and only made it to first. He then made another baserunning blunder when he was doubled off on Kurt Suzukia€™s high infield popup.

Oakland manager Bob Geren replaced left fielder Hairston with Eric Patterson in the bottom of the 13th.

a€œI just took him out of the game,a€ said Geren, who had a chat with Hairston after the loss.

Chicago led 3-2 before Oakland rallied in the eighth. Tony Pena entered with the bases empty and two outs, and surrendered a double to Hairston and Suzukia€™s tying RBI single.

Oaklanda€™s bullpen allowed one run in 9 1-3 innings but the Aa€™s still lost their three-game winning streak.

a€œThey did a hell of a job, especially all the new guys,a€ Oakland starter Trevor Cahill said. a€œGuys you bring up in September and get their feet wet, slammed the door.a€

Freddy Garcia, making his fifth start since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Aug. 18, allowed two runs and five hits in six innings for the White Sox.

Chicago pushed across two runs in the second to take a 3-1 lead. Scott Podsednik, who finished with four hits, doubled in Chris Getz and Jayson Nix scored on third baseman Adam Kennedya€™s throwing error allowing Ramirez to reach.

Ryan Sweeney doubled in a run in the third for Oakland.

NOTES: White Sox RHP Jake Peavy threw an intense side session before the game that was somewhere between 50-60 pitches, but Peavy is still uncertain if a start in the majors is his next step. a€œI have no idea what the plans are,a€ he said. a€œI did what I was asked to do today and I was excited to do that.a€ ... Oakland RHP Vin Mazzaro, who has tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, threw a side session. There is no timetable for the rookiea€™s next start. ... Oakland had a season-high five stolen bases. They were 5 for 8 on the night. ... Rookie 3B Gordon Beckham missed his fourth straight game with a strained right oblique. He is expected back in the lineup on Friday when Chicago begins a West Coast trip against the Los Angeles Angels. ... White Sox OF Jermaine Dye grounded out in the 11th with bases loaded. He was 0 for 6 and is in an 8-for-63 slump. ... Cahill allowed three runs in three innings.


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