Kotsay, Pinder, A’s take frustrations out on Sox 10-3; Oakland snaps 5 game loss streak

Oakland A’s Tony Kemp thanks the good Lord after smacking a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum (AP News photo)

By Morris Phillips and Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND–As the Oakland A’s honored former pitcher Dave Stewart at the Oakland Coliseum retiring his number 34. The A’s had a six run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning that led to their 10-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The win snapped the A’s five game losing skid.

The A’s got down to some serious business after their manager Mark Kotsay and right fielder Chad Pinder argued that a fly ball to the leftfield chalk line was ruled foul in the last of the first.

It was then when all the excitement took place as Pinder hit a fly that hit right on the leftfield chalk line that would have been an RBI double but was called a foul ball by third base umpire Edwin Moscoso. A’s manager Mark Kotsay wanted a review and the call stood.

At the end of the inning Pinder instead of going out to rightfield got into an argument with Moscoso and was thrown out and had to be restrained by third baseman Vimeal Machin as Pinder was trying to get at Moscoso then Kotsay got in a few words but didn’t get ejected.

Later the A’s new rightfielder Ramon Laureano hit a two run home run and Machin hit a two run double in the bottom of the fifth as the A’s wound scoring six runs in that inning. Laureano would end up hitting two home runs for the day. The rally put the A’s on top 7-2 and gave A’s starter Cole Irvin some cushion. The A’s have now used a total of 60 players since opening day back in March and have used 31 rookie position players and 18 rookie pitchers an A’s franchise record.

The White Sox had been running hot they took the first three games of this four game series from the A’s and had had a four game winning streak snapped and had suffered their third loss in 12 games. The Sox are in hot pursuit in the AL Wild Card race just behind the Cleveland Guardians.

The A’s now open a two game series against the Texas Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington on Tuesday night and will start Ken Waldichuk (0-1, 3.60) and for the Rangers Cole Ragans (0-2, 3.80) a 5:05pm PDT first pitch.

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