Tyler Flowers hits walk-off homer in 12th; White Sox win 5-4


Aug 31, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers hits a single against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

I’ve been tough on Tyler Flowers at various times throughout this season, but Monday night, not so much.

Monday night he deserves high praise, as he not only tied the game in the ninth with a home run, but hit the walk-off home run in the 12th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics.

The one thing the White Sox can do in this final month of the season is play spoiler, and they did that at least for one night on Monday at US Cellular Field.

Flowers’ second home run came with one out, as he sent the ball to left-centerfield off a pitch from Oakland reliever Jesse Chavez, who entered the game in the bottom of the 12th.

The game went to extras with a Flowers home run in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, that one off Eric O’Flaherty.

It was just a great night for Flowers, as he finished 3-for-4 (having half of the six White Sox hits) with two runs and two RBIs. He even drew a walk.

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Also with hits for the White Sox were Conor Gillaspie (a solo home run in the seventh), Avisail Garcia and Marcus Semien.

In this game, the White Sox led 2-0 until the top of the fifth when the A’s scored three times off starting pitcher Hector Noesi. Gillaspie’s home run tied the score at four in the sixth, but Oakland took a 4-3 lead with a one-run eighth.

Then came the two homers by Flowers.

The Sox starter finished with those three earned runs allowed in 6.1 innings. He gave up four hits and walked one in the no decision. Noesi struck out four.

The win went to Javy Guerra, who pitched two innings of scoreless baseball.

This was the 64th win of the season for the White Sox, as they are 64-79 on the year. Oakland moves to 80-63.