Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Oakland won 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, July 15
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Game 2: Friday, July 16
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Oakland5
Game 3: Saturday, July 17
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Game 4: Sunday, July 18
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White Sox 3

(47-41, 19-24 away)

Athletics 5

(50-40, 30-13 home)

4:05 PM ET, July 18, 2004

O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California 

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W: M. Mulder (14-2)

L: E. Loaiza (8-5)

S: O. Dotel (19)

Mulder allows three hits through 8 1/3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Mark Mulder needed just a little help in polishing off his latest win. So he handed the ball over to closer Octavio Dotel for the last two outs.

"I knew Mulder could finish," Dotel said with a laugh. "But I need some work, too."

Mulder pitched three-hit ball into the ninth inning Sunday to become the first 13-game winner in the majors, and Bobby Crosby's two-run homer sent the Oakland Athletics to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Mulder (13-2) won his 11th consecutive decision, outpitching Esteban Loaiza in a matchup of All-Stars. The left-hander struck out eight, walked two and hasn't lost in 14 starts since April 28.

"It just seems everything is going right for me. The best way to describe it is getting just enough runs. On days we score a handful of runs, I don't pitch well. When I pitch well, we win 2-1," Mulder said.

Looking for an outfielder with some pop, the White Sox acquired switch-hitter Carl Everett from Montreal for minor league pitchers Jon Rauch and Gary Majewski earlier in the day.

Jermaine Dye's second double of the game drove in Eric Chavez from first base in the sixth. Two outs later, Crosby connected off Loaiza (8-5) for his 12th homer of the season. The ball glanced off the glove of center fielder Aaron Rowand and over the fence, giving Oakland a 4-3 lead.

"When my body hit the wall it jarred my glove a little bit and hit off the back of my glove," Rowand said. "I thought I should have caught it."

Crosby, a shortstop who leads AL rookies in homers, struck out and grounded into a double play in his first two at-bats.

The Athletics added an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI single by Damian Miller.

Mulder, who didn't allow a homer in his previous five starts, gave up a two-run shot to Jose Valentin and a solo drive to Rowand in falling behind 3-1. But the winning pitcher in the All-Star game regained his composure and improved to 7-0 in 10 starts at home. He's also 6-0 in day games.

"He's awesome. He's probably the best," Crosby said.

Mulder left after 8 1-3 innings. Dotel struck out Magglio Ordonez and Paul Konerko for his fifth save in seven chances with the A's.

Loaiza gave up four runs and seven hits in seven innings for the White Sox, who dropped to 2-16 in Oakland since 2001.

"They have to move the A's anyplace," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Move this team out of here."

The A's left the bases loaded in the first when Loaiza shattered Durazo's bat for the third out on a grounder to shortstop.

Carlos Lee reached third for the White Sox with one out in the second inning on a walk, a wild pitch and a stolen base. But Lee was thrown out at the plate on a one-hopper to third baseman Chavez with the infield playing in.

After Valentin homered in the third, Dye's two-out RBI double cut it to 2-1 in the bottom half. Rowand connected on an 0-2 pitch leading off the sixth, but that was all Chicago could manage.

"We faced one of the best left-handers in the game and we couldn't get it done," Guillen said.

Game notes


The acquisition of Everett will keep Ordonez as the designated hitter, according to Guillen. Ordonez, slowed by a sore knee, said he preferred to play right field. ... To make room for Everett, outfielder Joe Borchard, who played quarterback at Stanford, was sent down to Triple-A Charlotte. ... Oakland reliever Chris Hammond, who hasn't pitched in more than a month because of a strained shoulder, came out of a throwing session in good shape, according to trainer Larry Davis. The left-hander should appear next in a minor league rehabilitation assignment. ... Chicago RHP Mike Jackson made his 988th appearance, moving him into ninth place on the career list.

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