Nick Swisher still draws some cheers in these parts.
The former fan favorite across the bay in Oakland spoiled the San Francisco Giants' day with a tiebreaking three-run double in the eighth as a pinch-hitter, lifting the Chicago White Sox to a 13-8 victory Sunday and their fifth straight win.
Orlando Cabrera homered twice and drove in three runs, Carlos Quentin hit a go-ahead, two-run shot in the sixth and Joe Crede also connected in Chicago's eighth win in 11 games, wrapping up an impressive 7-3 road trip.
Chicago got three straight one-out singles off Tyler Walker (1-2) in the eighth to load the bases. He then struck out Brian Anderson before Swisher stepped into the box and produced his second hit of the series.
Jermaine Dye's RBI single in the ninth provided an insurance run, then Crede added a sacrifice fly and Anderson a two-run single.
The White Sox had a season-high 15 hits, matched their most runs of the year and avenged a losing series to the Giants when the teams met in interleague play in 2003 at Chicago.
After the White Sox's first 14 batters were 0-for-13 with a walk, their last 31 hitters went 14-for-28 with two walks, a sacrifice fly, three doubles and four home runs.
The Giants made it 6-6 with three runs in the seventh off Matt Thornton (1-0). Octavio Dotel, another former A's player, walked the first three batters in the eighth, but Ozzie Guillen quickly turned to Nick Masset, who allowed two runs before getting an inning-ending double play on the way to his first major league save.
Randy Winn tripled with one out in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, then scored on Jose Castillo's RBI single. Ray Durham singled for his third hit of the game and Bengie Molina hit a tying two-run double.
Cabrera hit a tying solo homer in the sixth, then a two-run drive in the seventh for his third career multihomer game and first since May 30, 2003, for Montreal at Philadelphia.
Rich Aurilia hit a solo home run in the second, his fourth of the year, but it wasn't enough to help the Giants avoid their fifth straight loss to match their longest skid of the season. All three games this series were decided by two or fewer runs, while the two defeats to the Houston Astros were 6-3 and 8-7.
Crede's solo homer in the fifth was the first hit off Matt Cain, tying the game at 1. Durham singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth for San Francisco, only to see Cabrera tie it with a solo homer to start the sixth.
White Sox starter John Danks allowed three runs on six hits in six innings, struck out three and walked three.
San Francisco has not won in five series this month. The club concluded a 10-game homestand and now hits the road for a nine-game, 11-day trip through Colorado, Florida and Arizona.
Cain, trying to win back-to-back starts for first time this year, gave up four home runs for the second time in his career. He also did so May 5, 2006, at Philadelphia.
Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski, the former Giants catcher, had hits in each of the two games he played back in the Bay Area and was booed at every opportunity. He tripled Friday and singled twice Sunday for a 10-game hitting streak _ the longest active streak in the American League.
Notes:@ Pierzynski needs six hits for 1,000. ... The Giants are sending four players on the disabled list to the club's minor league complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., to continue their rehabilitation: RHP Kevin Correia (strained left side muscle), LHP Noah Lowry (forearm surgery), OF Dave Roberts (left knee surgery) and INF Kevin Frandsen (surgery for a ruptured left Achilles' tendon). Frandsen will spend one more week in a walking boot. Correia threw his first bullpen session Sunday. "All went fine," manager Bruce Bochy said.