‘Resilient’ Chicago White Sox mount big rally — 5 runs in 9th — for 5-3 win and 8th win in last 10 games


That’s how Romy Gonzalez described Friday’s ninth inning for the Chicago White Sox.

Trailing by three, the Sox scored five runs in the inning – four with two outs – to hold on and beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 in front of 11,494 at the Oakland Coliseum.

“Durable,” Sox acting manager Miguel Cairo said.

Gonzalez tied the game with an RBI single and Elvis Andrus followed with a two-run double as the Sox completed an incredible comeback to win for the eighth time in 10 games.

“Never give up, until the last out,” Andrus said. “Every win is a lot of fun, especially (Friday). It was tough. (A’s baseman Austin) Pruitt threw a great ball (five no-hitters). Until the seventh we didn’t have many chances. It shows the resilience of this team.

“What we did in that inning was a team effort.”

The Sox didn’t have a hit until Eloy Jiménez singled to left against reliever Joel Payamps with one out in the seventh. And Jiménez was just starting to ignite the attack.

The Sox entered the ninth down 3-0, and Jiménez singled against reliever AJ Puk for the team’s first run.

“That was a big spark for the whole team,” Cairo said. “And good at-bats after that.”

Shortstop Yasmani Grandal walked. AJ Pollock was just out at first after being hit by pitches to second baseman Tony Kemp.

Andrew Vaughn drove in pinch runner Leury García with a single, cutting the deficit to one. Seby Zavala was hit by a pitch with a 2-2 count, bringing the tying run into scoring position for Gonzalez, who had hit his first three batters of the game.

Gonzalez singled to left and runner Adam Engel scored just before Chad Pinder’s throw to tie the game.

“I felt comfortable, even considering three hits in that appearance,” Gonzalez said. “I was confident in my abilities, I had a good pitch and I made a good move on it.

“Engle busted his butt at home, took a big slide and that tied the game.

Andrus followed with a two-run double to left on a 1-1 pitch.

“One of the good things about playing your old team is that I know a lot of the pitchers’ tendencies,” said Andrus, who joined the Sox in August after being released by the A’s. “Especially Puck, I was really behind him (playing shortstop), his approach to hitters in different situations.

“I had my plan and I was really happy that he threw my fastball there and I was able to do it well.”

With the win, the Sox now sit alone in second place in the American League Central, 1½ games behind the Cleveland Guardians.

“Amazing win,” said Sox starter Lucas Giolito, who allowed three runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks in six innings. “To score five runs in the ninth inning like that, it was a lot of fun to watch. Credit to the pitchers Oakland had out there, they made a lot of good pitches, putting a lot of pressure on us.

“I did my best, that Kemp (RBI) single (with two outs during a two-run fifth) was going to haunt my dreams until my next outing, but now it’s all washed away. I spit the hook out, that’s always a good feeling. Keep up the good vibes. Lots of fight in this team. Just amazing clutch bats. It was a fun win.”

The Sox were unable to face Pruitt, who made his 11th career start Friday — and first since Sept. 5, 2019, with Tampa Bay — after A’s scheduled starter James Kaprielian was scratched, reportedly due to injury on his finger. Pruitt has 30 relief appearances this season.

Pruitt retired after throwing 55 pitches. He was replaced by Payamps, who finished a perfect sixth.

Jiménez broke up the A’s combined no-hit bid with a single in an 0-1 changeup with one out in the seventh. Pollock singled with two outs, bringing in Vaughn as the tying run. Vaughan landed with Nick Allen.

The Sox got the big hits in the ninth and closer Liam Hendriks singled and got Shea Langeliers into a game-ending double play for his 32nd save.

“We have so many good players who can change the game in a second,” Cairo said. “And (on Friday) you saw what they could do. They had good at-bats and it happened quickly.

“They believe we can do it. We do not give up. That’s the phrase that (manager) Tony (La Russa) uses. And that’s what we’re using right now. Never give up and 27 outs.”

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