Home runs bite White Sox pitchers in 7-6 loss to A’s

White Sox reliever Tommy Kahnle gave up a walk-off homer to Franklin Barreto in a 7-6 loss to the Athletics on Tuesday afternoon at Oakland Coliseum.

Barreto’s one-out, solo shot to left field erased a Sox ninth-inning comeback to tie it. Right-hander James Shields allowed three home runs over 4 2/3 innings to put the Sox in an early hole.

Yonder Alonso homered twice off Shields, in the fourth and fifth innings, and Matt Joyce hit a two-run shot in the third as the A’s totaled six earned runs off Shields for the second time in two meetings this season.

Sox manager Rick Renteria went out to chat with Shields before Alonso stepped up to bat with one on and two out in the fifth, and three pitches later Alonso, recently picked as an American League All-Star, hit his 19th homer of the year.

At the plate

Adam Engel singled and Melky Cabrera followed with a homer to right field in the third off A’s right-hander Daniel Gossett in the third.

Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Gossett in the fifth to give the Sox a brief lead.

The Sox put two runners on base in the ninth against Santiago Casilla when Tim Anderson and Kevan Smith each singled with two out. After Engel flied out to left field, Cabrera singled to left field, and Anderson scored from second to tie it at 6-6.

Off the bench

Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia returned to the lineup after five games off with a sore knee Tuesday.

Garcia, who was named an American League All-Star on Sunday, did full pregame activity Monday, and it satisfied Renteria that he was ready to return.

The Sox won the opener of the three-game series 7-2 Monday night behind 6 1/3 solid innings from left-hander Carlos Rodon.

The quote

“We needed to make sure we checked off all the boxes, to make sure he is good to go. He took some fly balls and worked with (Daryl Boston) a little yesterday and ran the bases with spikes on, which we wanted to see.  I talked to him last night and this morning. For us he’s in position now to get back out there and play the game.” –Renteria on Garcia’s return

Up next

At Athletics, 2:37 p.m. Wednesday.

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