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.
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.