CHICAGO (AP) - Coco Crisp and the Oakland A's just can't catch a break.
A day after being robbed of a go-ahead two-run homer, Crisp was called out on a play he appeared to be safe on to seal a 5-4 victory for the Chicago White Sox over the A's on Sunday.
Down to their last out with runners on first and second, Crisp hit a grounder to third. Brent Morel fielded it and chose to throw to first instead of stepping on the third base bag.
First baseman Mark Teahen stretched to his left to catch Morel's throw as Crisp crossed the bag. First base umpire Brian O'Nora signaled that Crisp was out, leaving him in disbelief.
A's interim manager Bob Melvin came out to argue.
``It looked to us like he was safe' Melvin said.
Did he see the replay?
``I can't go there.'
Replays seemed to show that Crisp beat the throw from Morel, which nearly brought Teahen off of first base. There were runners on first and second at the time, which meant Morel might have opted for the force play at third.
``I didn't see the replay, but I thought he had a better chance at third base to tag the base rather than throw across,' White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. ``As soon as he threw the ball to first, I said, 'That's a problem.''
Crisp, whose 1,000th hit bid was stolen by a leaping Brent Lillibridge Saturday night, reached the milestone leading off the first inning.
Crisp was unavailable to talk after the game.
Oakland dropped three of the four games in Chicago and has lost 12 of its last 13 games.
For the second straight day, an A's throwing error led to an unearned run that proved to be the difference.
The White Sox broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the seventh, the first scoring on Carlos Quentin's grounder that could have been a double play. Playing third base, Scott Sizemore fielded and threw wide to second baseman Jemile Weeks. Teahen scored on the play and Alexei Ramirez later came around on Paul Konerko's RBI single.
``It was a combination of me overrunning it and a slight kick to the right,' Sizemore said. ``I didn't have a good grip on it and threw it. By that time, I had my mind made up. I just threw it away.'
Oakland committed six errors in the four game series and the A's have 51 errors in 67 games. The Texas Rangers are the only American League team that has committed more.
``We don't have a true third baseman right now, but we're not going to use that as an excuse,' Melvin said. ``We're going to continue to work on our defense and it's going to get better.'
Adam Dunn hit a three-run homer off of A's starter Guillermo Moscoso in the fourth to back seven strong innings by Phil Humber.
``You can't lose concentration after that,' Moscoso said. ``I kept my focus and pitched two more innings and we tied the game.'
Moscoso (2-3) allowed baserunners in every inning except the first, but lasted one out into the seventh. He gave up six hits, five runs - four earned - four walks and struck out two.
``He keeps the ball down, locates, throws breaking balls behind in the count, throws changeups to right-handers as well,' Melvin said. ``I was extremely pleased.'
Humber (6-3) pitched at least seven innings for the fifth straight start, allowing three runs, four hits, two walks and a homer. He struck out a career-high seven. Humber is 5-1 with a 2.53 ERA over his last nine starts.
The Athletics scored a run off Chicago closer Sergio Santos in the ninth, but Santos was able to nail down his 12th save on the Crisp groundout.
Sizemore's solo homer off Humber in the seventh tied it at 3. Three of Sizemore's four career homers have come as a visiting player at U.S. Cellular Field.
Crisp had two hits, two runs and a stolen base for Oakland.
The White Sox finished 6-4 on their 10-game homestand and wrapped up just their second season series victory against Oakland since 2001. The Athletics have lost 12 of 13 and their starting pitchers are 0-10 over their past 13 games.
NOTES: A's LHP Brett Anderson is scheduled to meet with orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on Monday to get a second opinion on his ailing left elbow. ... Humber was a member of the Oakland organization for about a month during the offseason, before being waived to make room for free-agent signee Grant Balfour. ... Dunn struck out against Oakland reliever Brian Fuentes in the eighth. Dunn is hitting .031 (1 for 47) against left-handed pitching this season.
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