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White Sox Fall To A's; Cubs, Cardinals Rained Out

>>A's Outlast White Sox in Wild Extra Inning Game
 
Matt Olson singled over left fielder Nicky Delmonico to drive in Marcus Semien with two outs in the 14th inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 12-11 in a wild game that lasted nearly six hours Wednesday.
 
The A's trailed 6-1, 9-4 and 10-8, then gave up a tying run in the ninth before scoring the winning run off James Shields (1-1) five innings later.
 
The teams combined for 33 hits and 18 walks -12 by Chicago pitchers - in a game that lasted 5 hours and 48 minutes. It was the third-longest game by time in Oakland Athletics history.
 
Semien singled with two outs in the 14th and stole second. After Shields walked Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis, Olson lined an 0-1 pitch deep to left, and Delmonico watched it go over his head.
 
Lou Trivino (1-0) pitched three innings for his first major league win. He made his big league debut in a 10-2 win over Chicago Tuesday.
 
The White Sox fell to 4-11, matching their worst start since 1997.
 
Both bullpens got depleted. Shields was scheduled to start against Houston on Friday but instead became the 10th pitcher used by White Sox manager Rick Renteria.
 
The A's were down to their last reliever and even had outfielder Jake Smolinski warming up to pitch at one point.
 
Olson finished with four hits and three RBIs, Lowrie also drove in three and Mark Canha homered to help the A's complete the three-game sweep of the White Sox. Stephen Piscotty added two hits to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
 
Chicago lost its fourth straight despite a big day by leadoff hitter Yoan Moncada. Moncada hit his first career grand slam, scored three times and matched his career high of four RBIs.
 
Jose Abreu had three hits, two RBIs and was hit by a pitch early in the game for Chicago. Delmonico had three hits, and Matt Davidson added two singles.
 
Moncada's slam off right-hander Andrew Triggs capped a five-run second inning. Moncada also singled, stole a base and scored in the first, then walked and scored in the fourth.
 
Shields was scheduled to pitch against Houston on Friday in Chicago but that could change after his relief appearance. Shields is 2-2 in six career starts against the Astros.
 
>>Cards, Cubs Rained Out Again
 
The game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs has been called off because of wintry weather, the 25th postponement in the first three weeks of the major league season.
The total matches 2007 for the most weather-related postponements through April since Major League Baseball started keeping records in 1986. There were 26 postponements through April in 2007, but one was caused by the death of St. Louis pitcher Josh Hancock.
 
With temperatures in the mid-30s and rain and snow in the forecast, the game was called about 4½ hours before the scheduled first pitch and rescheduled for Thursday afternoon.
 
Chicago will keep its rotation in order and move Jon Lester's start back a day. Luke Weaver had been scheduled to pitch Wednesday for St. Louis.
 
The postponement was the fourth on the Cubs' first homestand, and third in four days. Sunday's series finale against Atlanta was rescheduled for May 14 because of rain and Monday's game against the Cardinals is to be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on July 21.

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