Josh Donaldson insisted the A's are just fine, that they're in no way shaken. It's going to take more than two losses to rattle them.
"This team is not losing any confidence after losing two right here," Donaldson said after Sunday's 4-2 loss to the White Sox. "Chicago is a real good team and they've got real good pitching and they've got some bats in that lineup that can hurt you."
Alex Rios and Tyler Flowers homered, Hector Santiago pitched into the seventh inning and the White Sox beat the A's again to salvage a split of their four-game series.
After racking up wins and storming to the AL West lead, Oakland now trails Texas by a half-game thanks to a second straight clunker. The A's again failed to get much going at the plate, managing just five hits after collecting four in a 4-1 loss on Saturday, and they'll have a day to mull it over after playing 17 straight days without a break. They open a three-game series against the New York Yankees at home on Tuesday.
"I feel good. I feel fresh," Donaldson said. "I feel like we're still playing hard. Every day we go out there and we're grinding. But a day off will help a little bit even more."
Conor Gillaspie made several diving stops at third base for Chicago and drove in a run, and the White Sox looked like a team that just might be waking up.
They've won two in a row behind strong starts from Santiago (2-4) and John Danks after dropping 10 of 11 to fall into last place in the AL Central. Their bats are showing some life as well.
Flowers tied it 1-all in the third after Coco Crisp homered in the top half. The White Sox grabbed a 3-1 lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Gillaspie and an RBI double by Gordon Beckham. Rios chased A.J. Griffin (5-5) with a solo homer in the eighth to make it 4-2.
Santiago was simply superb after Danks and Addison Reed combined on a four-hitter Saturday, and the A' lost for just the fifth time in 23 games.
"This is one series," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "We've been pretty good. You always want to be your best and play your best and the expectations of scoring a bunch of runs every day, the reality is sometimes that's not going to happen."
NEXT GAMEA's vs. Yankees
WHEN: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.
WHERE:O.co Coliseum, Oakland
TV: Comcast SportsNet California
RADIO: KGMZ (95.7 FM)