OAKLAND, Calif. (CBS) – Alexei Ramirez hit his fifth home run of the year and drove in two runs, Mark Buehrle pitched 6 1/3 strong innings and the White Sox bullpen didn’t give up a run, giving the Sox a 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
The win capped off a 6-3 road trip for the White Sox, who return for a seven game homestand against Texas, Cleveland and the Los Angeles Dodgers this week.
Ramirez broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the fourth inning, then scored in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie. His RBI single in the 7th extended the lead to 4-1.
Buehrle sailed through the first six innings, giving up only a solo home run to A’s center fielder Coco Crisp in the 5th inning, until Oakland rallied in the 7th to close the gap to a single run.
In all, Buehrle gave up three runs, seven hits and struck out a season-best six.
Sergio Santos pitched the ninth for his fifth consecutive save, extending his scoreless streak to 19 innings.
It was anything but routine, though. He walked Cliff Pennington to lead off the inning and walked pinch hitter Hideki Matsui with two outs before Josh Willingham grounded out.
Ramirez hit Cahill’s first pitch of the fourth inning over the left field fence.
Crisp tied the game with a solo shot in the fifth after Carlos Quentin put the White Sox ahead for good with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Chicago added two unearned runs in the seventh, when Cahill threw wildly at first on Vizquel’s sacrifice bunt, allowing Alex Rios to score. Ramirez added an RBI single.
Barton hit a two-run single in the seventh.
The A’s turned a season-high four double plays, including a 9-3 and a 4-3-6-3.
NOTES: Vizquel moved past George Sisler on the hits list into 46th with 2,813. … Paul Konerko’s fourth-inning single extended his hitting streak to eight games. … The White Sox are the only team to score more than one run against Cahill. They also scored four against him in a game at Chicago. … The last time the A’s turned four or more double plays was Aug. 2, when they had five against Kansas City, also with Cahill on the mound.
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