Konerko, Lee, Rowand homer for Sox

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Freddy Garcia and the Chicago White Sox
got rare wins in Oakland on Saturday.

Garcia won for the third time in four starts since his trade to
the White Sox, leading Chicago over the Athletics 5-2 Saturday.

Paul Konerko, Carlos Lee and Aaron Rowand homered for the White
Sox, who won for only the second time in their last 17 games at
Oakland. Garcia had not won at Oakland since June 3, 2002.

"We finally won a game here," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen
said. "We'll do anything we can to score runs, especially against
a pitching staff like Oakland's. A one-run lead is not easy against

Garcia (7-8) is 3-1 with a 3.95 ERA since Seattle dealt him to
the White Sox on June 27, and he improved to 5-0 in six day games
this season. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- and two hits in 6
2-3 innings, struck out six and walked two.

"He's been great in his four starts here," said Chicago
catcher Ben Davis, who also came over in the trade. "He's doing
the job they've asked of him. He wants the big games. He likes that

Damaso Marte pitched 1 1-3 innings, and Shingo Takatsu finished
the four-hitter to remain perfect in six save chances.

"He makes my job easier," Guillen said. "We have a lot of
confidence in him to throw strikes."

The game ended when Takatsu snared Adam Melhuse's liner at chest

"That was the only place I could reach it," Takatsu said
through an interpreter. "I was fortunate he hit it where it was
and I responded quickly. It looked like the size of a bowling

Mark Redman (6-7) lost his fourth straight start, his longest
losing streak since an eight-game skid from May 15, 2001, and May
15, 2002. He allowed five runs and six hits in seven innings.

After allowing eight homers in his first 14 starts, Redman has
allowed 11 in his last four. Chicago is on pace to hit a
team-record 235 homers.

Erubiel Durazo drove in two runs for the A's, who lost for the
sixth time in nine games.

Konerko put Chicago ahead in the second with his 23rd homer, his
eighth in his last 20 games, and Davis singled for a 2-0 lead.

After an error by shortstop Jose Valentin in the fourth, Durazo
tied the score with a two-run double.

Lee homered for a 3-2 lead in the sixth, and Rowand hit a
two-run drive in the seventh.

"We're not going to win every game by the home run," Lee said.
"It seems like every time we take the lead here they come back to
beat us. This time we went right back at them when they came back
to tie."

Rowand hit an 0-2 pitch for his 10th homer of the season.

"Sometimes you don't get the ball exactly where you want it and
someone ends up hitting it out," A's manager Ken Macha said. "Two
strikes, I'm sure he's trying to throw the ball in the dirt
somewhere, and he gets a swing."

Before Rowand's homer, Juan Uribe broke up a potential
inning-ending double play on Davis' grounder to Mark McLemore.
Uribe slid hard into Bobby Crosby at second, prolonging the inning.

"To me that was the play of the game," Davis said. "He gave
us a second chance, and Rowand has been outstanding for us. That
made a big difference."

Crosby said he couldn't handle the feed from McLemore.

"I got it in my glove and I had no grip on it," he said. "I
knew if I threw it, it would be in the stands, so I decided not to
throw it."

Game notes
LHP Adam Pettyjohn was acquired by Oakland from San
Francisco for cash. The former major leaguer was assigned to
Sacramento of the PCL. ... The A's hosted a 30-year reunion of the
1974 World Series championship team and wore replicas of that
year's jerseys. ... A's LHP Chris Hammond is expected to throw a
simulated game Sunday. ... White Sox OF Joe Borchard made his first
career appearance in the Bay area since he played at Stanford. ...
Konerko committed his first error in 34 games.