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A’s offense perks up, Barreto’s blast beats White Sox

Oakland’s All-Star gave a little advice to the team’s youngest player Tuesday, and both provided all sorts of offense to a team starved for runs lately. The A’s belted four homers in a 7-6 win over the White Sox — including two by Yonder Alonso, who is heading to his first All-Star Game next week, and the game-winning shot in the ninth by rookie infielder Franklin Barreto. The A’s snapped a six-game losing streak, as well as an eight-game home losing streak that matched their longest in the past 35 years. Leadoff man Matt Joyce hit a two-run shot in the third off James Shields to snap an 0-for-11 stretch, and Alonso belted a solo shot leading off the fourth — his first homer since June 15 — and added a two-run drive with two outs in the fifth. The A’s did not commit an error Tuesday, and second baseman Jed Lowrie made a particularly nice play going toward the middle on a grounder by Tim Anderson in the third. In the seventh, with a man at second and two outs, reliever Ryan Madson made a terrific play on a comebacker by Jose Abreu, knocking it down, scrambling for the ball and throwing from the ground for the out at first. Madson, who entered the game with one on and no outs, also recorded a strikeout in his perfect inning of work, and Sean Doolittle worked the eighth, needing just 11 pitches, nine strikes, in a 1-2-3 inning. Rookie right-hander Daniel Gossett started for Oakland and allowed a two-run shot to Cabrera in the third and a three-run homer by Abreu in the fifth.

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