A’s edge White Sox with bases-loaded walk in 10th inning
Chicago loses fifth straight
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland A’s got back to their walk-off ways on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox.
This time, slugger Josh Reddick did the walk-off honors, and he didn’t even swing the bat.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, Reddick walked against reliever Hector Santiago, forcing home Chris Young and giving the A’s a 4-3 victory.
After Santiago fell behind 3-1 in the count, Reddick said he was taking all the way.
“I was going to take, no doubt. I don’t want to get too big and pop something up or roll it over,” Reddick said. “We didn’t need something hard and far. We needed a run either way, whether it was a walk or a bloop single. I was just trying to do something and he didn’t get it over the plate.”
The A’s celebrated their fourth walk-off win of the season. They improved to 9-1 in games decided in the final at-bat this season and 4-1 in extra innings.
The A’s have now won two straight against the White Sox and 13 of their past 15 games overall. They also captured their seventh straight win at home.
“You keep putting guys on base and somebody’s going to score at some point,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “Took a little longer than usual today. It was painful at times, but at the end of the day it’s a win, right?”
The White Sox lost their fifth straight game, matching their longest skid of the season. They’ve lost six straight road games, including all four on their current eight-game trip.
“We just have to keep grinding,” White Sox right fielder Alex Rios said. “We can turn this around at any moment. I trust the talent that we have here. We just need to start having good at-bats and putting good at-bats together.”
Young roped a double off Santiago with one out in the 10th. Santiago intentionally walked Yoenis Cespedes, and he walked Josh Donaldson on five pitches to load the bases.
Brandon Moss lined out to second baseman Jeff Keppinger, who made a diving catch, moving to his left. But Santiago fell behind Reddick 2-0 and wound up throwing him only one strike in five pitches.
Santiago, who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, said he had trouble gripping the baseballs.
“I think I changed probably 15 balls,” Santiago said. “I just couldn’t get a grip on the ball. Those balls weren’t as sticky or as grippy as you want them to be. It was almost like a cue ball trying to throw it up there.”
A’s right-hander Dan Straily gave up one run and six hits in six innings, striking out eight and walking none, but he received no decision.
“Keep the energy high and fill up the strike zone. That’s all I tried to do today and we found ourselves in a lot of advantaged counts,” Straily said. “I’ve never really felt uncomfortable, but I definitely feel more and more comfortable out there each time.”
A’s infielder Jed Lowrie matched his career high with four hits, going 4 for 5 with a double, a walk and a run scored. It was the fourth four-hit game of his career and second this season.
The A’s took a 3-1 lead into the seventh with left-hander Sean Doolittle taking over for Straily. Doolittle gave up a one-out single to Keppinger, the No. 8 hitter. Then catcher Hector Gimenez doubled Keppinger to third and Alejandro De Aza lined a two-run single to center, tying the score.
“I think there was progress, if there’s a silver lining to it,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “But then again, we’re here to win games. It was a high-wire act for Hector (Santiago) as far as getting guys on. He was a little erratic, but as far as fighting back, you like what you see out of the offense.”
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Lowrie grounded a single off White Sox reliever Jesse Crane up the middle past Keppinger. Young doubled to left, moving Lowrie to third and bringing Cespedes to the plate.
Cespedes worked a full count, but Crane struck him out swinging on a 94 mph fastball, ending the inning.
White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko left the game in the top of the sixth with a stiff neck. He went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts before being replaced by pinch-hitter Casper Wells.
Ventura said Konerko likely will miss Sunday’s game against the A’s.
NOTES: Crane has now thrown a career-high 20 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. He also set a career high with his 22nd straight scoreless appearance. … The A’s gave away 10,000 Cespedes replica jerseys, and many fans wasted no time putting them on. … White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham (fractured left wrist) likely will be activated from the disabled list “in the next week if not sooner,” Ventura said. Beckham went 1 for 5 with a walk-off single on Friday night for Triple-A Charlotte in a rehab game. He missed his 47th straight White Sox game on Saturday.
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