Mark Buehrle looked, early on Monday night, like he might throw the third no-hitter of his career; he held the Athletics scoreless through five innings and the game moved quickly, as most of Buehrle's starts do.
He finally allowed a couple of hits, but the White Sox went into the ninth inning leading 1-0. Closer Matt Thornton gave up a leadoff double to Andy LaRoche, and one out later Juan Pierre dropped a fly ball off the bat of Daric Barton, allowing pinch runner Cliff Pennington to score the tying run. It was the third blown save already for Thornton. The Sox got the winning run in scoring position with one out in the last of the ninth, but could not score, and in the 10th inning, Oakland's Kurt Suzuki homered off Jesse Crain, and the Sox had a tough one-run loss.
The two teams will match up again on the South Side tonight.