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Oakland,  CA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh  Donaldson hit a two-run homer, Jesse 
Chavez  pitched into the  ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics held on for a 
5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday to open a three-game series. 

Jose  Abreu's MLB-leading 14th home run knocked Chavez out of the game with no 
outs  in the ninth  inning and sparked a three-run rally that came one hit shy 
of tying the game for Chicago. 

With  Alexei  Ramirez on second base,  Sean Doolittle struck out Tyler Flowers 
and Leury Garcia to end the game and earn his second save of the season. 

Jed Lowrie added a two-run double for the A's, who have won a season-high five 
straight  games.  Chavez (3-1) struck  out seven and gave  up two runs on five 
hits and two walks in his eight-plus innings. 

White  Sox  starter John  Danks (3-3) allowed  three runs on  six hits and two 
walks in six innings, striking out five. 

Dayan  Viciedo also hit a Solo homer for the White Sox, who have lost three in 
a row and four of their last five. 

"It  wasn't a lack  of trying. Sometimes you hit it and it's right at people," 
WhitSox manager Robin Ventura said. 

Abreu cracked an 0-2 pitch the other way over the right-field wall leading off 
the ninth inning and A's manager Bob Melvin pulled Chavez for Fernando Abad. 

The ball was barely over the wall when Melvin walked onto the field. 

"He  just  left the  pitch out  to Abreu," Melvin  said. "We  had Abad for the 
second hitter if (Chavez) did give up a hit." 

Abad walked Adam Dunn and was replaced by Jim Johnson, who gave up a double to 
Dayan  Viciedo and an RBI single to Ramirez before Doolittle came on. The last 
Chicago  run  scored on Paul Konerko's  sacrifice fly and Ramirez stole second 
base before the last two strikeouts. 

Josh  Reddick had a  two-out triple in the second inning to knock in Oakland's 
first  run  and Danks retired  seven of the  next eight batters before Reddick 
drew a leadoff walk in the fifth. 

Danks  struck out the  next two batters before Donaldson turned on a 2-0 pitch 
and  knocked it  into the left-field seats  for his eighth homer of the season 
and a 3-1 A's lead. 

Lowrie's  two-run double to the gap in left-center off reliever Daniel Webb in 
the seventh pushed Oakland's advantage to 5-1. 

Earlier,  Viciedo went  the other way with  a 2-1 pitch for his homer to right 
field in the second, his third of the season. Reddick's game-tying triple went 
off the top of the center-field wall in the bottom of the inning. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  A's have  an AL-best 24 wins.  They were coming off a sweep of Washington 
and  are 5-3  on a 10-game homestand  ... The White Sox began a nine-game road 
trip. 

 
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