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Athletics 4, White Sox 2: Who saves the saver?

David Robertson sees lead slip away after Avisail Garcia can't hang onto Billy Butler's home run ball

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Back on July 4, Avisail Garcia bailed out David Robertson with a leaping catch at the wall, which robbed Chris Davis of  a game-tying home run.

With runners on the corners and one out in a 2-1 game, Robertson needed Garcia to play hero again just to keep the game tied. He left an 0-1 fastball over the plate, and Billy Butler took it deep to right field. Garcia took a good route, timed his leap well, and the ball found his glove ... only to leave it a split-second later, and over the wall:

The only solace: Robertson would have blown the save either way, because it was a sac fly at the very least. But after Garcia came up agonizingly short, the Athletics took a 4-2 lead, and Sean Doolittle closed it out to salvage a split from the White Sox.

I followed this game at work, so bullet points for the rest:

*The blown save deprived Jose Quintana of his first-ever 10th win, which he deserved. Oakland's ex-Sox teamed up for a run against Quintana in the third -- Josh Phegley led off with a double, and Marcus Semien cashed him in with a single -- but Quintana kept them off the board otherwise. He allowed just four hits and a walk while striking out six, and lowered his ERA to a rotation-best 3.45.

*The White Sox' extreme getaway day lineup -- no Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton or Trayce Thompson -- totaled just two runs, but it was kinda fun how they did it. Mike Olt reached the concourse in left with a solo shot in the fourth inning, and Micah Johnson scored on a walk, balk and Melky Cabrera RBI single to give the Sox that aforementioned 2-1 lead.

*Tyler Flowers had a nice day, going 3-for-4 and throwing out Josh Reddick twice -- once when trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt, and the other on a stolen-base attempt in the ninth.

*Garcia didn't. Besides coming up short on the ninth-inning homer, he went 0-for-4 with a silver sombrero. The former isn't his fault, but it would've helped cover for the latter a little.

*Robin Ventura pinch-hit Gordon Beckham for Johnson with two outs and nobody on in the ninth inning, and Beckham struck out to end the game.

Record: 69-76 | Box score | Play-by-play | Highlights