Chris Sale had a great start (8 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 0 BB), Paul Konerko tied the game in the ninth with his 400th career home run, Alexei Ramirez ripped a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the 14th...and the Sox lost. Hector Santiago gave up a game-tying two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes then a walk-off single to Kila Ka'aihue to blow the save and the game for the Sox in a 5-4 defeat in Oakland.
More on the closer situation later today, but for now, let's just sit back and enjoy Konerko's 400th. Our own Jeremy Murayama made a pretty awesome poster for the occasion, and I examined if Konerko has a realistic shot at hitting 500 home runs.
Kurt Suzuki collected three hits in six at-bats, the latter of which set up Ka'aihue's walk-off single. And it was just the latest chapter in Suzuki's dominance of the Sox, which Chuck Garfien eloquently chronicled before Wednesday's contest.
Around the division: Kansas City finally won (ending a 12-game losing streak), Seattle torched Detroit (no, seriously), Minnesota's comeback fell just short (so Boston comes to Chicago fresh off a sweep) and Lorenzo Cain suffered a setback, which isn't good for the Royals.