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Especially the back of the bullpen.
“We all feed off of each other,” Chavez said. “And I think that’s what makes a good staff.”
Chavez (3-1) gave up five hits and walked two for the AL-West leading A’s, who have outscored opponents 28-8 during the winning streak. The former reliever allowed only solo home runs to Dayan Viciedo and Jose Abreu, whose major-league leading 14th long ball in the ninth chased the right-hander.
Josh Donaldson hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth, and Josh Reddick hit a tying triple in the second off John Danks (3-3) during Oakland’s win. Jed Lowrie added a two-run double in the seventh that proved pivotal after the White Sox scored three runs in the ninth and nearly forced extra innings.
Left-hander Sean Doolittle recorded the final three outs, striking out pinch-hitter Tyler Flowers and Leury Garcia to strand the tying runner on second.
“Didn’t want it to get to that point, but that’s how it got there,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.
Danks gave up six hits and three runs in six innings, striking out five and walking two. Chicago, which has lost four of five, came up just short and too late.
“It wasn’t a lack of trying. Sometimes you hit it and it’s right at people,” said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, who was agitated after a 5-1 home loss to Arizona on Sunday, calling it “uninspired” effort.
After Abreu’s homer, Fernando Abad walked Adam Dunn. Then struggling Jim Johnson gave up a double to Viciedo and an RBI single to Alexei Ramirez, setting off another shower of boos.
“I think it was important for me tonight not getting caught up in the moment of trying to get the save and stop the bleeding,” Doolittle said.
The AL-West leading A’s, coming off a home sweep of Washington, added another layer of frustration for a Chicago team beginning a nine-game road trip that also stops in Houston and Kansas City.
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