CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox know that if they don't get on the right track soon changes will be made.
Chicago native Adam Rosales' two-out homer in the top of the 10th inning helped lift the Oakland Athletics to a 5-4 win over the White Sox on Thursday night.
The White Sox have now lost nine of their last 10 and have been outscored 47-26 in their last nine games. Chicago has lost all four games against Oakland this season.
``We need to start winning some games or we might be saying bye to some people in July,' White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham said. ``Hopefully, we can start winning and get a streak going.'
Rosales' fourth homer of the season came off White Sox reliever Matt Thornton (0-2), one of a season-high four homers in one game for the A's.
Chicago had a chance in the 10th but Adam Dunn's flyball to left field but A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes camped under the ball at the fence to end the game.
``The way the ball appeared to be flying, I thought it was going to go,' White Sox acting manager Mark Parent said.
Parent ran the club in place of manager Robin Ventura, who was excused from games Thursday and Friday to attend his daughter's graduation in California.
When asked his thoughts about the 25-33 White Sox now being seven games behind the first-place Detroit Tigers, Parent said, ``That sums up a lot of stuff lately.'
Oakland to hit a season-high four home runs.
``It was a tough night to hit the ball out, especially to the opposite field,' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ``So, we'll take them however we can.'
Despite his team's further spiral downward, Dunn tried not to get too discouraged.
``This is a marathon. We're one, two, three weeks away from being tied, if not right up there,' Dunn said. ``There should be a sense of urgency, but not panic, I would say.'
Cespedes hit two home runs for the second time in three games. Josh Reddick also connected. All four homers were solo shots.
A's reliever Jerry Blevins got the win (5-0) while Grant Balfour earned his 14th save in as many attempts.
The A's have won six of seven and 17 of 20. Oakland is 12-2 during a 17-day stretch without a day off.
Oakland right fielder Josh Reddick had two of the biggest plays of the night.
In the bottom of the fifth, Reddick threw out Chicago's Tyler Flowers trying to score from second on Alejandro De Aza's single to right. Had Flowers scored, that would have been Chicago's fifth run.
``Nobody's really challenged my arm this year,' Reddick said. ``That's one thing I take pride in, that's the best part of my game on defense, throwing guys out. For them to actually try that made me feel really good that there are some guys that are going to try and run on that.'
And Reddick's homer in the seventh tied the game at 4-4.
``It's hard to pick one,' Reddick said when asked which play was more crucial. ``They're both equally as important. The throw-out saves a run and if that run scores, we lose in the ninth.
``And, obviously, if you don't hit the home run, we don't go into extra innings and win the ballgame,' Reddick added. ``It's harder to pick one. You've got to look at them both the same way and look at them as saving the ballgame.'
White Sox starter Jose Quintana went 7 2-3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. He did not walk a batter but gave up three home runs.
Oakland starter Dan Straily pitched seven innings, gave up four runs on six hits, walked two and struck out three.
After Straily retired the first seven batters he faced, the White Sox scored three runs in the bottom of the third.
Beckham singled to center, but was forced at second when Flowers hit into a fielder's choice. De Aza doubled down the right field line, scoring Flowers.
Alexei Ramirez's bloop single to short center scored De Aza. Ramirez then stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch by Straily and scored on Alex Rios' single to center.
The A's broke up Quintana's perfect game with two outs in the fourth when Cespedes drove a 1-1 pitch into the left-center stands to make it 3-1.
Oakland closed the gap to 3-2 in the top of the fifth when Nate Freiman led off with a single to center and scored on Rosales' double just inside the third base line.
Beckham led off the fifth with a walk, Flowers' double pushed Beckett to third and De Aza singled to score Beckham.
Oakland again closed Chicago's lead to one run in the sixth when Cespedes hit his second homer of the game - and 13th this year - a one-out drive to right-center.
The A's tied it at 4 in the seventh on Reddick's longball to right field, his second of the season.
NOTES: Prior to the game, the White Sox placed right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 5) with a broken rib. . The 12 combined extra-inning runs scored by the White Sox and Mariners in Wednesday's 16-inning marathon tied the American league record for the fourth time, the most recently occurring in 1983. . Brandon Moss's three-run homer in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game at Milwaukee was the 12,000th homer in A's team history. . Former NBA star and Fox Sports TV personality John Salley threw out the first pitch. . Attendance was 21,156. . Friday's starters will be Oakland's Jarrod Parker (4-6, 4.90) vs. Chicago's Chris Sale (5-3, 2.44). The White Sox are scheduled to start four left-handers in a series for the first time since July 21-24, 1980, against the Royals in Kansas City.
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