Oakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt, right, is tagged out at home plate by Chicago White Sox catcher Geovany Soto in the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 15, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. Chicago won 7-6. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Ben Margot
May 16, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Vogt put his head down and ran as hard as he could. He was thinking home all the way. He never got there.

The Oakland Athletics dropped another one-run game, losing to the Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Friday.

The game ended when Vogt was thrown out trying to score on Coco Crisp's two-out double in the ninth. Vogt rounded third and was caught in a rundown before being tagged out by White Sox catcher Geovany Soto.

Josh Reddick had two hits and drove in three runs and Eric Sogard was 3 for 3 with an RBI as the A's lost for the 12th time in 13 games decided by one run. They also dropped 11 games under .500 for the first time since ending the 2011 season 14 games under.

As usual, an error played a part in the A's loss. Brett Lawrie's fielding error led to five unearned runs in the seventh inning. The A's have committed an error in each of their pasr 12 games.

''We've had quite a few of these games when we're one inch, one foot, one at bat or one play away from winning some of them,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''It's always tough.''

The final play was another blunder. Third-base coach Mike Gallego was waving Vogt home but then tried to stop him as Adam Eaton got a clean bounce off the wall.

''I was late,'' Gallego said. ''We wanted him to score and you get caught in it. You can't get caught up in it. As soon as I saw the ball out of Eaton's hand I knew I was a little late.''

Vogt said he picked up the ball when Alexi Ramirez caught the relay throw and threw behind him at third base.

''Right off the bat I'm putting my head down and running as hard as I can,'' Vogt said. ''When he cut it off I realized I was hung out. Every day it gets harder and every day it is frustrating.''

Josh Phegley hit his first home run of the season for Oakland, which is a major league-worst 13-24.

Chicago won despite giving up seven walks - two shy of its season high. Four of the walks turned into runs for Oakland.

The White Sox trailed 6-2 before batting around in the seventh.

Lawrie committed the team's major league-leading 37th error, which also led to Jesse Hahn's early departure. Hahn gave up four runs - two earned - and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.

Billy Butler singled in a run in the sixth for Oakland to make it 6-2, but the A's bullpen couldn't make it hold up.

''Hahn does an outstanding job after settling down and to throw that away hurts,'' Vogt said. ''It seems like every time we make an error, the other team smells blood and jumps all over it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: INF Carlos Sanchez went 1 for 4 after being called up from Triple-A Charlotte before the game. He took the roster spot left vacant when 2B Micah Johnson was optioned to Charlotte a day earlier.

Athletics: Closer Sean Doolittle is continuing his rehab and is scheduled to pitch for Single-A Stockton on Sunday. ... INF Ben Zobrist took batting practice before the game and could begin a rehab assignment soon. ... LHP Sean Nolin was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

UP NEXT

White Sox: LHP John Danks (1-3) pitches the middle game of the series in search of his first road win of the season.

Athletics: RHP Jesse Chavez (1-3) has given up 11 runs this season, 10 coming in the third through fifth innings.

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