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Recap: Athletics , White Sox
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Game: 3
Venue: U.S. Cellular Field
Date: April 13, 2011 2:10 PM EDT
  

CHICAGO (AP) - Cliff Pennington's swing had been off and he'd been limited for two games because of an infected sweat gland under his arm.

Entering with a .160 average and batting out of the No. 9 hole, Pennington faced a difficult situation in the ninth inning. The Oakland Athletics had scored but still trailed the Chicago White Sox by two. And now the bases were loaded with two outs.

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Facing struggling closer Matt Thornton, Pennington delivered. He dropped a two-run single into center and the A's added three more in the 10th for a 7-4 victory.

``Matt Thornton on the mound throwing 97 miles per hour, I just tried to get a fastball I could hit and it fell in,' Pennington said.

``That's what we have to do offensively - scratch and claw.'

With the White Sox leading 4-1 in the ninth, Chris Sale gave up a leadoff double to Conor Jackson, an RBI single to Josh Willingham and a single to Hideki Matsui. Jesse Crain came on and walked pinch-hitter Daric Barton to load the bases before fanning Kurt Suzuki.

Thornton then struck out pinch-hitter Ryan Sweeney for the second out but couldn't get the ball past Pennington.

``I guess it's made news that those guys have been struggling a little bit, but you're bringing in Sale, Thornton and Crain out of the bullpen, those guys are all nasty and they've been nasty for a while,' Pennington said. ``They're going to be a really good bullpen, we're just trying to scratch a few runs across any way we can.'

Coco Crisp entered in the ninth as a pinch runner and was in a 3-for-22 slump before singling off Thornton (0-2) to give the A's the lead in the 10th. The hit came right after Thornton - who is 0 for 4 on save opportunities this season - walked Jackson and Willingham.

Barton followed with a two-run single and Thornton was booed as he walked off the mound after being replaced by Tony Pena.

The White Sox now have lost late-inning leads three times in less than a week, twice to the A's, who also rallied to win Monday night's series opener.

``Oh man,' Thornton said. ``There's nothing to even describe it right now. Frustration is pretty high. ... Confidence isn't the problem. It's my frustration right now. It's the most frustrated I've been in a long time. I can't remember a run of games like this where I haven't gotten the job done that many times in a row.'

Grant Balfour (1-1) pitched the ninth for the win and Brian Fuentes worked the 10th for his fifth save in five chances.

Oakland finished its road trip to Toronto, Minnesota and Chicago at 5-4.

``I just loved the attitude. The guys kept fighting right to the end,' manager Bob Geren said. ``We were down and it was going to take putting some hits together, drawing some walks, and we did it.

``I know their bullpen is struggling a little bit, it gives you a little bit of feeling of hope. They just battled. ... Think about the road trip, how many close games we've had, this one to finish it off, it's a really good feeling. It's going to be a nice flight home.'

Oakland's rally denied John Danks a victory after he gave up a run and five hits in eight solid innings.

The White Sox broke a 1-all tie in the sixth against Oakland starter Brett Anderson when Carlos Quentin was hit by a pitch, Alex Rios doubled and a sliding Quentin scored on Ramon Castro's grounder to third that drew a high throw to the plate from Kevin Kouzmanoff.

Brent Morel dropped down a bunt to score Rios from third for a 3-1 lead. Juan Pierre's third single of the game chased Anderson (0-2), who was hurt by his own error in the fifth. Anderson gave up nine hits and three runs - two earned - in 5 2-3 innings.

``I was (in the clubhouse), sitting here and Pennington flared one in,' Anderson said. ``Especially as the starting pitcher on the hook for the loss, it's not only a comeback for the team, but a no-decision for you. It's good for everybody.'

Matsui's second homer of the season put Oakland up 1-0 in the fourth. Chicago tied it in the fifth when Pierre reached as Anderson fumbled his comebacker for an error and Gordon Beckham doubled.

NOTES: Oakland's Andy LaRoche made his sixth start of the season at a fourth different position, this time getting the nod at first base.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Athletics at White Sox
Mon, Apr 11 Final 2 to 1
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GAME 2
Athletics at White Sox
Tue, Apr 12 Final 5 to 6
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GAME 3
Athletics at White Sox
Wed, Apr 13 Final 7 to 4
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