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[September 10, 2009]  CHICAGO (AP) -- A.J. Pierzynski hit a game-ending RBI double in the 13th inning, Scott Podsednik had four hits and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Wednesday night.

RestaurantAlexei 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.

Ramirez drove in two runs for the White Sox, who have won six of eight. Octavio Dotel (3-3) pitched three scoreless innings.

Chicago nearly handed Oakland a run in the top half of the 13th when center fielder Alex Rios dropped Scott Hairston's routine fly with one out. Hairston wasn't running hard and only made it to first. He then made another baserunning blunder when he was doubled off on Kurt Suzuki's high infield popup.

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


The White Sox bounced back after losing 11-3 to Oakland on Tuesday night, but not before blowing a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning. Tony Pena entered with the bases empty and two outs, and surrendered a double to Hairston and Suzuki's tying RBI single.

Oakland's bullpen allowed one run in 9 1-3 innings but the A's still lost their three-game winning streak.

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. Podsednik doubled in Chris Getz and Jayson Nix scored on third baseman Adam Kennedy's throwing error allowing Ramirez to reach.

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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. "I have no idea what the plans are," he said. "I did what I was asked to do today and I was excited to do that." ... Oakland RHP Vin Mazzaro, who has tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, threw a side session. There is no timetable for the rookie's next start. ... Oakland had a season-high five stolen bases. They were 5 for 8 on the night. ... White Sox 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

[Associated Press]

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