Rosales' HR in 10th pushes A's past Sox 

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  • Adam Rosales celebrates after his 10th-inning homer capped off a comeback for the A's, who have won 17 of their past 20 games.

The A's don't have the most star-studded lineup, but they keep on finding ways to win games.

They did it again on Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field, beating the Chicago White Sox 5-4 in 10 innings after falling behind early and fighting their way back.

Adam Rosales sent a pitch by Chicago reliever Matt Thornton over the fence in left field with two outs in the top of the 10th for the eventual winning run. Grant Balfour closed it out in the bottom half of the inning for his 14th save.

It did get a little dicey for Balfour, who allowed the tying run to reach third and watched the final out land in the mitt of Yoenis Cespedes about a foot short of being a two-run homer by Adam Dunn.

It was the second win in a row for Oakland (37-25), which has won six of its last seven and 17 of its past 20 games.

Cespedes went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs, and Rosales also went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the A's.

Alejandro De Aza led the White Sox by going 3-for-5 with an RBI, and Alexei Ramirez drove in two runs with a clutch two-out single in the third for Chicago (25-33).

Jerry Blevins (5-0) picked up the win by working a scoreless inning of relief, and Thornton (0-2) took the loss.

After falling behind 3-0 in the third, the A's kept battling back They eventually knotted it at 4 on Josh Reddick's home run in the seventh — just one inning after Cespedes made it 4-3 with his second solo shot of the game in the sixth.


A's vs. White Sox

WHEN: Today, 5:10 p.m.

WHERE: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

TV: CSN California


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