Oakland snaps three-game skid

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Eric Chavez had his head down, clearly
disappointed. When he raised his right arm it was easy to
understand why.

"It's broken," the three-time Gold Glove third baseman said as
he walked back into the Oakland Coliseum with his right arm in a
thick bandage covered by a black brace.

Chavez left the Athletics 6-4, 12-inning win over the Chicago
White Sox on Tuesday night in the 11th after getting hit near his
wrist by a pitch from Damaso Marte. He was returning to the stadium
after getting X-rays at a hospital.

It was uncertain how long Chavez will be sidelined.

"We just hope for the best," A's manager Ken Macha said before
Chavez returned. "We're looking at all the things that could
happen both short-term and long-term."

Macha spent nearly 30 minutes with A's trainer Larry Davis and
several members of the A's front office. General manager Billy
Beane was on the phone.

Chavez drove in a run Tuesday and was leading the A's with 13
home runs and 35 RBI. In spring training he signed a six-year
contract extension worth $66 million, the biggest deal in franchise

Bobby Kielty hit a game-winning, two-run homer in the 12th
inning for Oakland.

He connected after being distracted by Eric Byrnes, who was
called upon to pinch-run for Erubiel Durazo at first base after
Neal Cotts fell behind in the count to Kielty 3-2.

"I was standing at the plate and saw Byrnes fly by me in a
blur," Kielty said. "It was hysterical. It really picked up the
crowd. Both the pitcher and I had to wait a little bit so I figured
he would throw a fastball."

Durazo led off the 12th with a sharp single to right. Several
pitches later, Byrnes made his appearance to the delight of the
fans, who gave him a standing ovation. Cotts (0-3) threw over to
first once, and then delivered a fastball which Kielty hit just
beyond the left-field fence.

"The pitch before should have struck him out. It was a weird
call," White Sox catcher Miguel Olivo said. "The next pitch was
almost exactly the same but it was just a little more over the

Justin Duchscherer (3-1) went three innings, striking out three
and walking two to earn the victory.

Jose Valentin tied the game 4-all in the ninth with a two-out
homer, his ninth of the season, on a 3-1 pitch from Jim Mecir, who
blew his first save in three chances.

"We came back, but for what, a loss?" Olivo asked.

Jermaine Dye had three hits, including a two-run homer for the
A's, who have blown three consecutive saves for the first time
since July 1999.

Bobby Crosby also drove in a run for the A's, who snapped a
three-game losing streak with their sixth straight win at home.

Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko also homered for the White Sox,
who have lost 12 of their last 13 games in Oakland.

Carlos Lee singled twice to extend his hitting streak to a
career-high 18 games, the longest current streak in the majors.

A's starter Mark Redman allowed one run and six hits in six
innings. He struck out three and walked one.

White Sox starter Esteban Loaiza went eight innings, giving up
four runs on nine hits. He struck out three and walked one.

Crosby's double gave the A's the early lead in the second. Dye
singled leading off, and two outs later advanced to second on
Kielty's single. On Crosby's hit, Kielty was caught in a rundown
between third and home and was eventually tagged out by Olivo.

Chavez, who had a season-best nine-game hitting streak stopped,
hit a sacrifice fly in the third to make it 2-0.

Konerko hit a two-out homer in the fourth, his third against
Redman in 20 at-bats, to bring Chicago to within 2-1.

With one out in the fourth, Loaiza walked Chavez and then fell
behind 3-1 to Dye, who hit his 11th homer of the year and his first
in 11 games.

Thomas' two-out, two-run homer in the eighth cut the A's lead to
4-3 and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Adam Melhuse doubled twice for the A's, but was one of three
runners thrown out on the basepaths when he tried to go to third on
Kotsay's grounder to Juan Uribe. Dye was thrown at second trying to
stretch a single in the third.<
^Notes:@White Sox OF Magglio Ordonez missed his sixth game with a
strained left calf. ... Konerko leads all AL first basemen in home
runs and RBI. ... A's C Damian Miller was held out of the game
with a sore left elbow as a precaution . ... The White Sox are 7-34
on the road against AL west coast teams since 2001. ... Lee is
batting .378 (28-for-74) during his hitting streak.