Walks doom Sox in loss at Oakland

Published: Saturday, June 1, 2013 9:13 p.m.CDT

OAKLAND, Calif. — After pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning, Chicago reliever Hector Santiago wasn't too concerned about working out of the stretch when the same situation came up in the 10th.

Just like almost everything on White Sox's road trip, it didn't pan out.

Santiago walked Oakland's Josh Reddick on five pitches to force in the winning run and hand the White Sox a 4-3 loss, their lift the Athletics to a 4-3 win on Saturday that extended Chicago's losing streak to five games.

"I just threw too many pitches," said Santiago, who dropped to 1-4. "I went to the windup and then I fell bell behind and went back to the stretch and got back into that groove. But you still want to make your pitches even when you are behind. I just didn't do that. I messed up."
The loss continued a frustrating road trip for the White Sox.

Since leaving Comiskey Park following a 5-2 homestand, Chicago has failed to score more than three runs in four straight games.

Manager Robin Ventura's club had 10 hits against Oakland and scored twice in the seventh to erase a 3-1 deficit but still left with another disappointing defeat.

"The hitting was good, but grinding out the at-bats and fighting your way back, there was progress," Ventura said. "It was a high-wire act for Hector ... but as far as fighting back, you like what you see out of the offense."

Alejandro De Aza had two hits and two RBIs for the White Sox, who fell to 11-17 on the road. Jeff Keppinger also had two hits and scored.

The offense wasn't the problem.

Like Santiago, starter Jose Quintana struggled with his control which allowed the Athletics to take an early 3-1 lead.

Quintana allowed 10 hits, walked three and struck out four in 5 1-3 innings.

"It was similar to what Hector was doing," Ventura said. "They kind of mirrored each other with their outings. (Quintana) was in and out. He never evened out."

Before the meltdown in the 10th, Chicago's pitchers had done a pretty good job of limiting the damage.

The A's had 16 hits, stranded 18 runners and failed to score after loading the bases with no outs in the ninth before scoring the game-winner off Santiago (1-4).

Chris Young, who had two hits, started the rally with a one-out double. After Yoenis Cespedes was intentionally walked, Josh Donaldson drew a free pass from Santiago to load the bases. Brandon Moss then lined out to second before Reddick walked to force in Young.

Reddick said he was taking all the way after Santiago fell behind in the count 2-1.

"I had a good feeling he was going to throw a lot of fastballs because that's what he did with the other lefties when he came in and faced those guys," Reddick said. "Maybe (he was) overanxious and not trying to walk somebody, and it worked against him."

Jed Lowrie matched his career high of four hits for the A's, who have won seven straight at home and 13 of 15 overall.

Jerry Blevins (4-0) retired one batter to get the win after Oakland manager Bob Melvin emptied his bullpen following a stellar effort by starter Dan Straily.

Cespedes doubled in Lowrie in the first, then Young snapped an 0-for-19 streak with an RBI single in the second to put the A's up 2-0.

After De Aza doubled and scored on Adam Dunn's single in the third, Oakland made it 3-1 when Donaldson hit a one-out single and scored on Nate Freiman's triple in the fifth. It came after Quintana was called for a balk when he stumbled off the mound and dropped the ball during his windup.

The White Sox, shut out a day earlier by 40-year-old Bartolo Colon, couldn't get much going against Straily but broke through against the A's bullpen in the seventh.

Keppinger singled off reliever Sean Doolittle and took third on Hector Gimenez's double. De Aza followed with a sharp two-run single to drive in both runs and tie the game at 3-all.

Chicago's defense provided a big spark in the ninth after Oakland loaded the bases. Santiago got Derek Norris to ground into a 6-2-3 double play, then later fanned Eric Sogard to end the jam.

It was a rough day all around for the slumping White Sox.

Designated hitter Paul Konerko struck out twice before leaving the game with a stiff neck.
Shortstop Alexei Ramirez also appeared to injure his lower back after bumping into left fielder Dayan Viciedo chasing down a popup by Cespedes also in the sixth but stayed in the game.

"It's the lower right part of my neck," Konerko said. "It wasn't great when I got here but I got it loose. I felt better but then it kind of seized back up on me."

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