OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Mark Kotsay needed two months to hit his
first home run for his new team. With Oakland home-run leader Eric
Chavez sidelined for at least six weeks, the timing was perfect.
Kotsay hit Oakland's second straight game-ending home run, a
10th-inning drive Wednesday that gave the Athletics a 3-2 win over
the Chicago White Sox.
"It was a good time for a first one," Kotsay said. "It was
worth the wait."
A day after Bobby Kielty's 12th-inning homer beat the White Sox
6-4, Kotsay pinch hit for Kielty in the eighth inning.
Then in the 10th against Jon Adkins (2-2), Kotsay homered for
the first time since last Sept. 19 against Colorado. Kotsay had not
homered in his previous 51 games and 206 at-bats.
It was the first time Oakland got consecutive game-ending homers
since Dwayne Murphy and Mike Heath did it on Aug. 14 and 15, 1981.
Kotsay had one previous game-ending homer, against the New York
Mets on June 30, 1999.
"I'm not that type of player who's flashy or does spectacular
things, but over the course of 162 games you might say, `He helped
the team," Kotsay said. "If you come here one night, you might
think I'm the worst player in the big leagues. If you come here
every night, you might think otherwise."
Kotsay received praise from manager Ken Macha last month for
being unselfish when Eric Byrnes was playing in his place as Kotsay
spent time working on his swing. Kotsay went 0-for-5 Tuesday but
insists he has become more confident at the plate in recent weeks.
"This park's killing me," he said. "You can't get caught up
in numbers. If you do, you start thinking about things that are out
of your control."
Oakland played without Chavez, the team's Gold Glove third
baseman, who was placed on the disabled list earlier in the day
after breaking a bone in his right hand in the 11th inning Tuesday
night when he was hit by a pitch from Damaso Marte.
Arthur Rhodes (2-3) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Hatteberg got to third on Bobby Crosby's groundout and Mark
McLemore walked to bring up Byrnes, who lined out, sending the game
into extra innings.
Mark Buehrle, going for his fifth straight win, outpitched Mark
Buehrle hasn't lost since April 20, when he was pulled after two
innings in an 11-8 loss to the New York Yankees. This time, he
worked creatively -- stopping two grounders with his feet, picking
up the ball and throwing to first for the out. He allowed five
hits, struck out six and walked two in six innings.
But the A's rallied to win their seventh straight home game and
13th in 14 games against the White Sox in Oakland since 2001.
"It's tough any time we play here," Buehrle said. "We've
never played well here. They are always tough losses. The strange
thing is I've thrown well here, but the team hasn't won. It always
seems to be me versus him, and we just pitch."
Mulder allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings,
striking out five and walking two.
Jermaine Dye homered for the second time in as many days,
connecting for a solo shot leading off the sixth on a 3-2 pitch. It
was Dye's 11th homer of the year and only the second given up by
Buehrle in his last five starts, a span of 33 innings.
Mulder and Buehrle -- both star left-handers -- combined for the
three quickest games in the majors last year: 1 hour, 49 minutes,
1:53 and 1:54, but they weren't as fast in their first 2004
meeting, which lasted 2:50.
Mulder needed 26 pitches to get out of the first inning, then
threw only 10 in the second and 11 in the third. He had to labor in
Chicago made it 2-0 on Juan Uribe's RBI fielder's choice in the
Oakland left the bases loaded in the third. After McLemore flied
out, Byrnes singled and Marco Scutaro followed with a double to
right. Kielty grounded out, then Dye walked to load the bases. But
Erubiel Durazo popped out to third.
White Sox OF Magglio Ordonez missed his seventh game with a
strained left calf and is likely to go on the DL later this week.
... A's C Damian Miller returned to the lineup after being held out
Tuesday with a sore left elbow. ... Thomas' double in the fifth was
his 440th, tying Luke Appling for the most in White Sox history.
... Chicago is 14-3 in the final game of a series. ... Lee's
career-best hitting streak is the second longest in the majors this
year and the longest by a White Sox player since Ordonez had an
18-game hit streak from April 3-22 last year.