Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/1)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 31
Chi White Sox2
Game 2: Wednesday, September 1
Chi White Sox5
Game 3: Thursday, September 2
Chi White Sox2

Athletics 4

(78-54, 33-35 away)

White Sox 5

(65-66, 36-31 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 1, 2004

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    OAK 120000100 4 11 0
    CWS 000010301 5 11 0

    W: S. Takatsu (6-3)

    L: J. Duchscherer (5-5)

    A's still lead West by 3 games

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Ross Gload knew he was going to get an opportunity to win the game and he took advantage of it.

    Gload came through with a pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth inning, and the Chicago White Sox ended the Oakland Athletics' eight-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.

    Gload overheard White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen say he thought Oakland would pitch around Gload to get to the right-handed Aaron Rowand.

    But with Rowand batting .323, Gload thought the chances were slim.

    "I thought I heard Ozzie tell Rowand he was going to try to walk me there, but I kind of figured there was no way they would walk me to get to Rowand," said Gload.

    Scott Hatteberg and Mark McLemore each had three hits for the A's, who still lead the AL West by three games because Anaheim lost in Boston.

    Justin Duchscherer (5-5) gave up a leadoff single in the ninth to Jamie Burke, who tied a career high with three hits. Pinch-runner Willie Harris moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Borchard, then Gload, pinch-hitting for Joe Crede, singled to right to win the game.

    "The first guy (Burke) I left a cutter up, then I threw a 3-2 curveball (to Gload) where I shouldn't have. I thought the curveball was my best option. If I walk him, I walk him. But if I don't, it's less hittable than a fastball," Duchscherer said.

    Shingo Takatsu (6-3) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win, and White Sox reliever Damaso Marte worked two scoreless innings in relief.

    With a 4-1 lead in the seventh, Oakland starter Barry Zito got into trouble. Carl Everett reached safely on an infield hit and Juan Uribe walked. Two outs later, Crede hit an RBI single, chasing Zito. Aaron Rowand drove in Uribe with a single off reliever Chad Bradford, then Roberto Alomar greeted Jim Mecir with a single to tie it at 4.

    Zito pitched 6 2-3 innings, giving up four runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked one.

    "My curveball's been consistent for the last few outings. I felt good. I just had to attack and not be too fine," Zito said.

    In the first inning, White Sox starter Jason Grilli allowed singles to McLemore and Hatteberg. Grilli walked Erubiel Durazo to load the bases and hit Eric Byrnes with a pitch to drive in McLemore.

    Grilli was helped by first baseman Paul Konerko when Konerko snagged Damian Miller's hard hit line drive to end the inning.

    "He said he was holding his breath and so was I," said Grilli. "It was a nice play and it definitely saved a couple runs there."

    After getting the first two outs in the second, Grilli got into more trouble. He walked Mark Kotsay, and McLemore hit an RBI double. Eric Chavez followed with an RBI single, making it 3-0. Chavez was tagged out trying to go to second on the throw.

    Kotsay led off the seventh with a single and moved to third on McLemore's single. Kotsay scored on Chavez's double play, giving the A's a 4-1 lead.

    Grilli gave up four runs and 10 hits in his second start of the season. He started in place of Freddy Garcia, who missed his second consecutive start with a sore right forearm.

    Burke doubled off Zito leading off the fifth and scored on Rowand's fielder's choice.

    Game notes

    White Sox reliever Cliff Politte had an emergency appendectomy. He is expected to begin throwing again in 10 to 12 days. ... The White Sox recalled LHP Arnie Munoz from Triple-A Charlotte before the game. ... Oakland recalled infielder Esteban German. ... Oakland OF Jermaine Dye was not in the lineup for the second straight game because of a sprained left thumb. He left Sunday's game in the fourth inning. ... Roberto Alomar's first inning single was the 2,722nd hit of his career, moving him past Lou Gehrig into 49th place all-time.

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