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Sox still toast on the West Coast
The good news for the White Sox: This was just a two-game series.
The bad news: They come back next month to play a four-gamer.
Clearly, this is not a place that breeds good vibrations.
Mark Kotsay hit his first home run since Sept. 19 in the bottom of the 10th inning Wednesday off Jon Adkins, giving the A's a 3-2 victory and a sweep of the two games.
The Sox are now 1-13 in Oakland since 2001. Things don't get much better. They'll spend the weekend in Seattle, where they are 4-11 since 2001. And they will be without right fielder Magglio Ordonez, who returned to Chicago for further examination of his injured left knee. Ordonez may need surgery.
Oakland rallied from a 2-0 deficit and scored the tying run in the ninth off Billy Koch, who blew his second save of the season and his first since April 14.
The Sox stranded 14 baserunners, leaving the bases loaded in the eighth and ninth innings.
"That was the game," said left fielder Carlos Lee, who extended his hitting streak to 19 games. "We had a lot of opportunities to get that guy in, and we didn't get the big hit."
Mark Buehrle and Mark Mulder hooked up in another battle of outstanding left-handers. Neither pitcher figured in the decision, but the A's are 3-1 in four Buehrle-Mulder matchups, with Mulder getting the wins in two of them.
"I seem to get matched up with Mulder every time," Buehrle said.
On the day he was named American League pitcher of the month for May, Buehrle left with a 2-1 lead after six innings. Jermaine Dye's second homer in as many games was the only damaging hit of the five he allowed.
"Anytime we go out there and play like we have and lose, it's a tough loss," Buehrle said.
Buehrle struck out six but was behind a lot of hitters and threw a season-high 122 pitches, his most since a 128-pitch complete-game outing against Minnesota last June.
"I just had to throw some fastballs," Buehrle said. "I wanted to go seven innings, but the pitch count went so high that I couldn't do it."
The Sox scored runs in each of the first two innings off Mulder. Lee singled home Willie Harris in the first, and Joe Crede scored on a fielder's choice in the second.
Koch, who has allowed the first man he faced to reach base 11 times in 21 outings, took over with a 2-1 lead in the ninth and promptly gave up a single to Erubiel Durazo. A wild pitch moved Durazo to second, and he scored on Scott Hatteberg's single.
Koch was trying to protect a one-run lead for the first time since May 13.
"The wild pitch cost us the game," he said. "I can throw the curve for a strike and not bounce it in my sleep. That pitch cost us the game."
Crede led off the Sox's 10th with his fourth hit of the game and went to second on Jose Valentin's sacrifice, but Sandy Alomar Jr. and Juan Uribe left him stranded.
Adkins struck out Marco Scutaro to start the Oakland 10th before Kotsay hit a 3-2 pitch over the right-field wall."Any way you lose is gut-wrenching, whether it's a walk-off home run or getting beat by 10," Adkins said. "I didn't want to throw any breaking balls inside to give him a chance to hit it out of the ballpark. I ended up missing with a fastball over the middle of the plate, and he got me."