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Giambi's Homer Lifts A's

Jason Giambi hit a go-ahead, three-run homer as the Oakland Athletics won their sixth straight, beating the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Friday night in a matchup of potential playoff opponents.

Kevin Appier (10-8) allowed two runs, six hits and four walks in 6 1-3 innings for the win, his second straight following a five-game losing streak.

Chicago, which has lost eight of 12, drew just 30,019 for the start of the big three-game series.

White Sox designated hitter Harold Baines, acquired Saturday from Baltimore, was given a 2-minute standing ovation before his at-bat in the second inning. Baines, in his third stint with the White Sox, was 1-for-4.

Mike Sirotka (9-9) didn't allow a runner past first base in the opening five innings.

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  • Chicago led 2-0 until the sixth, when Terrence Long singled leading off, Randy Velarde walked and Giambi, in a 4-for-24 slump, hit his 27th homer, a 438-foot drive to center.

    Sirotka gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings, striking out seven.

    Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs added an RBI groundout off Billy Simas in the eighth for a 4-2 lead.

    Jose Valentin doubled off Mike Magnante leading off the bottom half and scored on Magglio Ordonez's sacrifice fly , but Oakland added a run in the ninth on Eric Chavez's RBI double.

    Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 30 chances.

    Valentin's two-run homer in the third followed Ray Durham's walk and put Chicago ahead.

    Carlos Lee hit a leadoff single in the seventh and Appier's 2-2 pitch appeared to hit Chris Singleton in the left foot. Singleton walked to first, but after a conference with third-base umpire Gerry Davis, plate ump Rich Rieker ruled it a wild pitch.

    Singleton struck out on the next pitch, Charles Johnson walked and Mike Magnante relieved, getting Durham hit into a double play.


  • Mike Stanley, signed before the game, went 1-for-4 as Oakland's DH.
  • Giambi's homer tied Cleveland's Jim Thome for the longest hit by an opposing batter at Comiskey Park this season.
  • Singleton made a fine, feet-first diving catch of Sal Fasano's liner to center in the third.
  • Cal Eldred threw lightly on the side before the game, reporting no pain. He will throw again in a couple days. He's been disabled since July 17.

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