Series: Game 4 of 4

Chi White Sox won 3-1

Game 1: Monday, September 8
in 12
Chi White Sox5
Game 2: Tuesday, September 9
Chi White Sox2
Game 3: Wednesday, September 10
Chi White Sox2
Game 4: Thursday, September 11
Chi White Sox1

Athletics 0

(81-65, 36-38 away)

White Sox 1

(66-80, 37-37 home)

    2:10 PM ET, September 11, 2014

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: C. Sale (12-3)

    L: S. Kazmir (14-8)

    S: J. Petricka (13)

    Athletics-White Sox Preview


    Instead of taking advantage of a series against the Chicago White Sox, the Oakland Athletics have continued their dangerous swoon.

    After giving away leads in two of their three games at U.S. Cellular Field, the A's will try to salvage a split Thursday and gain some momentum for a pivotal weekend series.

    Jeff Samardzija tossed seven scoreless innings and Oakland took a one-run lead into the eighth Wednesday, but the A's lost 2-1 after Luke Gregerson gave up a two-run single in that inning to Avisail Garcia, whose team had lost 14 of 18 entering this series.

    Oakland's bullpen failed to close out a one-run game in the ninth in Monday's series-opening 5-4 loss in 12 innings and has blown leads in three of the last four games during a 3-10 stretch. Nate Freiman also committed one of his team's two errors Wednesday in the eighth inning and the club had five hits -- its fewest in six games.

    "There's way too much pressure on the pitching at this point. We've got to find a way to add on some runs," manager Bob Melvin said. "We've just got to keep grinding. There's not much else you can do."

    However, the A's (81-64) weren't hurt too badly in the AL wild card race after the latest performance. Detroit and Seattle each lost to keep Oakland 1 1/2 games ahead of the Tigers and two in front of the Mariners.

    The A's will start a key three-game series in Seattle on Friday.

    Scott Kazmir (14-7, 3.42 ERA) will attempt to lift his club while further distancing himself from one of his worst stretches of the season. The left-hander allowed 13 runs in a combined 4 1/3 innings in his final two starts in August before a more respectable beginning to this month.

    Kazmir gave up three runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings against Houston on Saturday, but also had a season-high five walks and only avoided another loss when the A's scored three runs in the ninth in a 4-3 victory.

    A matchup with the White Sox wouldn't appear to give Kazmir the best chance at a better outing given his most recent performances against them. He's 0-4 with an 8.60 ERA in his last six meetings and gave up four runs in five innings in his latest one, a 7-4 win for Cleveland on July 30, 2013.

    Kazmir could also have a tough time beating the White Sox (65-80) with Chris Sale (11-3, 2.09) opposing him.

    The Chicago left-hander is 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his last three starts and gave up one run in six innings Friday at Cleveland. The White Sox, though, lost 2-1 in 10 innings.

    Sale is looking to become the first White Sox pitcher to lead the AL in ERA since Joel Horlen in 1967.

    "There's not one person in here that's giving up," Sale told MLB's official website.

    Sale, who hasn't faced the A's this season, is 1-2 with a 2.89 ERA in four career starts versus Oakland and went 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA in two matchups last season. The A's did most of their damage against him in a 4-3 win June 7, 2013, when he was charged with four runs in 7 1/3 innings.

    Sale could face former teammate Adam Dunn for the first time. Dunn, acquired from the White Sox on Aug. 31, is hitting .292 with two homers and six RBIs in eight games for Oakland, and he drove in the lone run in Wednesday's defeat.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakW1L1
    Last 105-54-6

    Pitching Matchup

    S. Kazmir
    15-9, 3.55 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 at TEX
    7.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win
    C. Sale
    12-4, 2.17 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/24 at DET
    6.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    1. C. Crisp, CF A. Eaton, CF
    2. S. Fuld, RF C. Sanchez, 2B
    3. J. Donaldson, 3B J. Abreu, 1B
    4. J. Gomes, LF A. Garcia, RF
    5. D. Norris, DH C. Gillaspie, 3B
    6. J. Lowrie, SS D. Viciedo, DH
    7. N. Freiman, 1B M. Taylor, LF
    8. G. Soto, C T. Flowers, C
    9. A. Callaspo, 2B M. Semien, SS