CHICAGO (AP) - Gio Gonzalez issued seven walks against the White Sox and the last one was most costly.
The Oakland Athletics' left-hander lost his third straight start on Saturday as Chicago beat the A's 3-2.
Gonzalez took the mound in the sixth inning and issued a one-out walk to Brent Lillibridge before being relieved by Brad Ziegler.
Lillibridge stole second and advanced to third when Kurt Suzuki's throw hopped into center field. After Alexei Ramirez walked, Carlos Quentin hit a comebacker to Ziegler, who threw wide to second on what could have been an inning-ending double play, allowing Lillibridge to score and put Chicago ahead 3-2.
``We've got plenty of time if I make a good throw, I just have to give him more time to get there,' Ziegler said. ``I got the groundball I needed, I just didn't make the play.'
Lillibridge then helped make John Danks a winner, robbing Coco Crisp of a go-ahead home run and what would have been his 1,000th career hit.
With Daric Barton on second and one out in the eighth, Crisp lofted a flyball deep to left-center. Lillibridge retreated to the wall, leaped and snared Crisp's drive before it cleared the fence.
``Coco put a good swing on it. I was just running to the track. I didn't think it was actually going to go out the way the ball was carrying tonight,' Lillibridge said. ``I picked up the wall and took a chance. I actually didn't think I was going to hit the wall that hard...It was big.'
Crisp declined to speak to reporters after the game.
``The way it played out, that was the game,' A's interim manager Bob Melvin said. ``We felt like if we got a couple runs right there, we could close it out. They say it's a game of inches ... literally.'
That turned out to be the last batter Danks (2-8) faced. He allowed just four hits, struck out four and walked two in 7 2-3 innings. He won his second straight start after going winless in his first 11 starts to start the season.
Ramon Castro hit his third homer of the season, a solo shot in the fourth.
Gonzalez (5-5) is winless in his last five starts. Oakland issued nine walks, has lost 11 of 12 games and fell to 1-2 under interim manager Bob Melvin.
Gonzalez allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings, five hits, a career-high seven walks, hit a batter, committed a balk and threw two wild pitches.
``I just have to throw strikes, pound the strike zone,' Gonzalez said. ``I felt I was close enough to get some contact, but the White Sox have great eyes, they can see the ball good.'
Chicago's Jesse Crain worked 1 1-3 hitless innings, picking up his first save one night after White Sox closer Sergio Santos blew a two-run, ninth-inning lead in Oakland's 7-5 win on Friday.
Josh Willingham's RBI single tied the game at 1 in the fourth for Oakland, but Castro broke the deadlock with a leadoff homer in the bottom half of the fourth.
Oakland knotted the game in the sixth on Hideki Matsui's sacrifice fly to right.
Gonzalez's control problems led to Chicago's first run in the third. Ramirez stroked a one-out single. Quentin walked and Paul Konerko struck out. With two outs and Rios at the plate, Gonzalez threw a pitch in the dirt that bounced away from catcher Suzuki and Ramirez scored the game's first run.
Rios eventually walked, giving Gonzalez four walks in three innings. He's walked four or more batters in six of his 13 starts this season.
NOTES: A's 2B Scott Sizemore, who won Friday's game with a three-run double with two outs in the ninth, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
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