Flowers hits tying, winning homers for White Sox 

click to enlarge A’s reliever Eric O’Flaherty surrendered a tying home run to the White Sox’s Tyler Flowers in the ninth inning Monday. Flowers hit a walk-off homer in the 12th. - CHARLES REX ARBOGAST/AP
  • Charles Rex Arbogast/ap
  • A’s reliever Eric O’Flaherty surrendered a tying home run to the White Sox’s Tyler Flowers in the ninth inning Monday. Flowers hit a walk-off homer in the 12th.

CHICAGO -- Tyler Flowers hit a solo home run to tie the game in the ninth inning and then another in the 12th to give the Chicago White Sox a 5-4 victory over the A's on Monday night.

Flowers ended the game with a shot off of Jesse Chavez (8-8) over the left-field fence with one out in the 12th for the first winning homer of his career. The White Sox were a strike away from a loss when Flowers connected against Eric O'Flaherty in the ninth. Oakland closer Sean Doolittle was unavailable because of an intercostal strain.

Javy Guerra (2-3) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory.

Oakland lost for the ninth time in 11 games but remained atop the AL wild-card race.

"It's tough to lose games like that," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "There is a sense of urgency every game. We have 19 games left."

The A's scored a run against Eric Surkamp in the eighth to take a 4-3 lead.

Pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo started the rally with a walk, and after pinch-runner Billy Burns stole second, Coco Crisp hit a soft single that Dayan Viciedo played passively in left field. Sam Fuld followed with a well-executed bunt that scored Burns from third.

The A's had a runner on third and no outs in the ninth, but Ronald Belisario induced Nate Freiman to hit into a double play that killed the threat.

Oakland starter Sonny Gray pitched effectively for seven innings but didn't figure in the decision. The right-hander gave up three runs -- two earned -- four hits and three walks.

Chicago counterpart Hector Noesi took a one-hitter and a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning, which Derek Norris opened with a single. Josh Reddick followed with a home run to right field, and Jed Lowrie did the same on the next pitch. It marked the fourth time Oakland has hit back-to-back homers this season.

The home runs were the 24th and 25th off Noesi this season, giving him the league lead in the category. The right-hander allowed four hits and one walk in 6¹/³ innings.

Fuld protected the 3-2 lead in the bottom half, when the 5-foot-10 left fielder went above the fence to rob Alexei Ramirez of a solo homer.

Conor Gillapsie tied it 3-3 with a solo homer in the sixth.

The White Sox broke out to a 2-0 lead without the benefit of a hit in the first, which Adam Eaton and Ramirez began with consecutive walks. One out later, first baseman Brandon Moss couldn't handle Gillaspie's bouncer for an error that allowed a run. A wild pitch moved the runners before Avisail Garcia hit a sacrifice fly.

NOTES: Doolittle reported no complications after he threw 20 pitches off a mound. The left-hander is scheduled to pitch to batters Wednesday and, barring a setback, he might come off the disabled list the next day. ... O'Flaherty tested his back before the game and felt well enough for bullpen duty. ... A's C John Jaso will consult with concussion expert Dr. Micky Collins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. If cleared to play, the veteran is likely to come back as a pinch-hitter and designated hitter, although a return to the field remains possible later this month.

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