OAKLAND, Calif.(AP) So much is made about having momentum before the mighty Yankees come to town.
don't care who's arriving next - they never want to be swept.
''Especially at home,'' second baseman
Ellis lined a home run just over the left-field wall with two outs in the ninth inning and the A's avoided a three-game sweep
with a 3-2 win over the
Chicago White Sox
Ellis hit his third career game-winning homer and first since June 8 last year against the Angels off
(2-4), who had previously posted five straight scoreless outings. Ellis is batting .431 with 19 RBIs in August.
hit a tying double with two outs in the eighth off former A's closer
(5-3) pitched the ninth for the victory.
Ellis also had a sacrifice fly in the seventh for Oakland, which sported royal blue and white replica throwback uniforms for
a turn-back-the-clock themed day reminiscent of the 1929 world champion Philadelphia A's for the 80th anniversary year.
The A's rallied after missing early chances when they grounded into inning-ending double plays in the first two innings.
''Being swept would have been tough,'' Ellis said. ''We're starting to play better baseball, starting to play more exciting
broke up a scoreless game with an RBI triple in the sixth for the
had a sacrifice fly three batters later. Chicago looked poised for its first three-game sweep in Oakland in 12 years.
''We won the series and that's what we want to do,'' said
, a former fan favorite while with the A's. ''It would be nice to win all of them but sweeping a series is not easy to do.''
, who was trying for back-to-back victories for the first time since May 20 and 25, allowed a one-out double to
in the eighth and then gave way to Dotel.
fouled out before Hairston's double.
''These losses obviously hurt and they stick in your mind for a while,''
said. ''But as soon as we hit the field again we'll be fine. You just can't carry one day to the next.''
avoided losing his fifth straight start and hung tough in this pitcher's duel. He has received run support of two or fewer
runs in 13 of his 25 starts and is 0-8 in those outings.
Oakland now starts a three-game series with
New York Yankees
on Monday night on a bit of an upswing. The A's will call up recently signed right-hander
to start Monday and push
back to Tuesday because
isn't ready to make his season debut.
''It's not baseball related,'' assistant general manager David Forst said of Duchscherer, a two-time All-Star recovering from
March elbow surgery.
Kotsay doubled among his two hits and scored a run for the
had their four-game winning streak at the Coliseum snapped, its longest since a five-game run here from Aug. 1, 1996 to Aug.
After Podsednik's one-out triple, Cahill walked
to load the bases. Thome followed with a sacrifice fly.
sported a navy blue pinstripe suit, paisley tie and felt hat before the game - even wearing the spiffy outfit for the exchange
of lineups just before first pitch.
Back in uniform, Geren was ejected in the ninth by second base umpire Gary Darling for arguing a stolen base by
''I'm not wearing no suit,'' Guillen said before the game. ''I love old-school games. Nice idea.''
Chicago general manager Kenny Williams sure was hoping to see Guillen all dressed up.
''I would have paid money,'' Williams said. ''We were all trying. I would have gone down and paid him myself.''
Even the fans got into it.
''The hat has to go, Bob,'' one woman yelled at Geren. ''
wore a straw hat.''
NOTES: Davis extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games with a sixth-inning single. He also stole his 24th base.
- 1 for 15 over his three previous games - had the day off. With the recent addition of
, Guillen has plenty of OFs to choose from. ''It's a headache. It's a good one,'' the skipper said. ... The A's lead the season
series 4-3 with two more meetings next month in Chicago. ... Public address announcer Dick Callahan worked from the field
level. The Coliseum became Shibe Park for a day and old cars came around the warning track before the game.