Sox spray 13 hits to sink A's, take series

Sox spray 13 hits to sink A's, take series

OAKLAND -- Outfielder Melky Cabrera collected three hits, including a go-ahead single in a two-run seventh inning that helped the White Sox edge the A's, 4-3, to secure a series win at the Coliseum on Saturday evening.

Cabrera's game-changing hit followed a two-base throwing error by A's reliever Fernando Rodriguez that put Adam Eaton on third base with two outs. Jose Abreu added an insurance run courtesy of an RBI double.

Abreu's RBI double

"You start getting two-out stuff like that, you can make stuff happen," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "They continue to believe. I think that's the biggest thing with these guys. They're becoming a confident group. It's a good feeling."

Avisail Garcia, who notched the decisive hit in Friday's victory, also compiled three hits, among them a two-run single in the third off A's starter Jesse Chavez, who got through six innings. White Sox starter John Danks went seven, his only runs allowed coming on Billy Butler's two-run home run in the first.

Garcia's single scores a pair

Melking the Moment:
Of the hits in Cabrera's 3-for-4 night, none was bigger than his go-ahead RBI single to left. He pointed and smiled to the White Sox dugout as he jogged to first. The White Sox frequently smile in the seventh inning --- they have outscored opponents 22-8 this season in that frame.

"We're not an easy lineup, top to bottom," Danks said. "We play hard. We play until the last out. I knew that if I could keep them there or close to there, we would have a decent chance. Fortunately, things went our way and I was able to hold them there and we scored enough runs to win."

Melky delivers with RBI single

Unlucky Seventh: The A's were done in by yet another ugly seventh inning Saturday. That's when the White Sox pushed across two runs to unlock a 2-2 tie, with Rodriguez committing a two-base throwing error on Eaton's two-out single in advance of back-to-back run-scoring hits from Cabrera and Abreu. The A's have allowed 37 seventh-inning runs in 38 games this season. More >

"We have two out, nobody on, a bunt right back to the pitcher, and all we do is throw the ball away, and then the inning got away from us," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "That was probably the key in the game."

Danks What We're Talking About: Four batters into the game, Danks surrendered a two-run homer by Butler. After that, only one batter got a hit. In fact, after giving up a double and one-out walk in the second, Danks retired 17 of the next 19. The A's mustered only three hits, two runs and three walks in seven innings against Danks. He has consecutive seven-inning outings, his longest starts this season. More >

Danks earns his second win

"He's a good hitter. I've seen him a lot. I've seen more of Billy Butler than I care to. He's a good player. I made a mistake and I left a ball up." -- Danks on Butler's first-inning home run

The A's have committed at least one error in each of the last 13 games, which matches the longest such streak by an A's team since April 7-21, 1983.

White Sox: Jeff Samardzija takes the mound against his former team in his first-ever start against the A's at 3:05 p.m. CT Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum. Samardzija is looking to find a groove and improve his 2-2 record and 4.80 ERA.

Athletics: Left-hander Scott Kazmir will be on the mound for the A's in Sunday's series finale. Kazmir has a 5.50 ERA in three May starts, after posting a 0.99 ERA in four outings in April.

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