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Oakland,  CA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Jose Abreu's three-run blast in the eighth 
inning  sent the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 victory over Oakland in the finale 
of a three-game series. 

Gordon  Beckham  finished 3-for-4 with  a solo homer  and scored twice for the 
White  Sox,  who staved  off  a  sweep and  snapped  a  four-game losing  skid 
overall. 

Ronald  Belisario  (2-3) tossed  1 1/3  scoreless relief  innings for the win, 
while  Matt  Lindstrom followed suit in  the ninth for his sixth save. Anthony 
Rienzo allowed two runs on as many hits over 6 1/3 frames. 

John  Jaso and Josh Donaldson each hit a solo blast for the Athletics, who saw 
their six-game win streak come to a halt. 

"We  got off  to a little bit of  a slow start on the homestand, but came back 
and  played  really  well,"  said  Oakland manager  Bob  Melvin  after  a  6-4 
residency.  "We're  in a position  to potentially win  the game today. It just 
ends  up being a pitch to a guy who hit a three-run homer. Seems like he's hit 
a few of those." 

Fernando  Abad  (0-1) was  charged in  defeat for  two runs  on two hits while 
recording  only  one out  in the  deciding frame. Tommy  Milone had worked the 
first six, giving up a run on five hits with four strikeouts. 

Chicago  moved ahead  with five  outs left.  Beckham and  Conor Gillaspie  hit 
consecutive one-out singles which forced Abad from the contest. Luke Gregerson 
came on and promptly gave up a three-run blast to left by Abreu which gave the 
WhitSox a 4-2 advantage. 

"I  got  the  opportunity  to  hit  a good  pitch,"  Abreu  said  through  his 
translator.  "All I was doing was trying to hit a ball in the air to bring the 
guy in from third base. But I was able to get a good swing and a good pitch to 
hit." 

In  the A's last  turn at the plate, Lindstrom walked Jed Lowrie and gave up a 
single  to  Donaldson, but  induced a 4-6-3  double-play grounder from Brandon 
Moss.  Leury  Garcia then dove  to snag a sinking  liner by Yoenis Cespedes in 
center to end the contest. 

Beckham  slammed Milone's  first pitch of the afternoon over the fence in left 
to put the Sox on top. 

Jaso  returned  the favor against  Rienzo to kick off  the home first and even 
the score, then Donaldson barely cleared the right-field wall in the fourth to 
give Oakland a 2-1 edge. 

                                   Game Notes 

Both clubs are back in action on Friday, as the White Sox continue their nine- 
game road trip in Houston, while the Athletics kick off a nine-game sojourn in 
Cleveland ... Gillaspie also collected three hits for Chicago ... After losing 
the  first  five meetings last  season with Oakland,  the White Sox have taken 
three  of the past five ... Prior to the contest, the White Sox announced that 
infielder  Jeff Keppinger  was activated  from  the 15-day  disabled list  and 
designated for assignment. 

 
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