Athletics’ ninth-inning comeback falls short in loss to White Sox

Oakland A's tacked on two runs in ninth but Khris Davis strikeout ended rally

  • Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson, center, scores against Oakland Athletics catcher Chris Herrmann, right, on a single hit by Welington Castillo during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Tanner Roark delivers to a Chicago White Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

  • Leury Garcia (28) of the Chicago White Sox steals second base in front of Marcus Semien (10) of the Oakland Athletics during the third inning of a game at Guaranteed Rate Field on Aug. 10, 2019, in Chicago. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

  • Stephen Piscotty (25) of the Oakland Athletics catches the fly out by Leury Garcia (28) of the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a game at Guaranteed Rate Field on Aug. 10, 2019, in Chicago. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

  • Yolmer Sanchez (5) of the Chicago White Sox is out at second base while Marcus Semien (10) of the Oakland Athletics throws to first base for the force out during the third inning of a game at Guaranteed Rate Field on Aug. 10, 2019, in Chicago. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

  • Tanner Roark (60) of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the second inning during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Aug. 10, 2019, in Chicago. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

  • Oakland Athletics’ Tanner Roark, center, leaves the baseball game after giving up a run to the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Mike Fiers (50) throws the ball against the Chicago White Sox during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

  • CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 10: Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics misses the double hit by Leury Garcia #28 of the Chicago White Sox during the eighth inning of a game at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO — Matt Chapman’s potential game-ending ground ball escaped White Sox third baseman Ryan Goin’s grasp, scoring two runs with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Khris Davis had the bases loaded, with a tie game just 90 feet away, but Alex Colome struck him out, putting to bed the A’s 3-2 loss on Saturday night.

Tanner Roark was strong in his second start as an Oakland Athletic.

He succumbed to Eloy Jimenez’s hot bat; the rookie launched his 19th home run of the year off Roark’s 2-0 slider, cushioning the White Sox lead taken on catcher Chris Herrmann’s throwing error at third base that allowed Leury Garcia to score in the third inning.

Roark gutted through to the seventh inning, but Wellington Castillo’s RBI single — scoring speedy Tim Anderson from first base — kept him from recording that third out.

Chicago starter Reynaldo Lopez kept the A’s off balance all night, holding Oakland scoreless over 6.1 innings.

But the A’s were able to notch his pitch count above 100 mid-seventh inning, loading the bases against Evan Marshall to force left-hander Aaron Bummer onto the mound.

Melvin pinch hit Chad Pinder for Robbie Grossman, and Pinder lined a two-strike drive into the right field gap — but right-fielder Jon Jay caught up to catch it for the biggest out of the game.

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