Through the ugliness of the first six innings, the White Sox might have found two saviors to cure their late-inning problems.

Sergio Santos and Chris Sale combined to pitch four scoreless innings Tuesday night and their efforts were rewarded when Alexei Ramirez hit the second of his two home runs off Bobby Cramer with two out in the 10th inning to give the Sox a 6-5 victory over the A's.

The Sox overcame two errors, including Alex Rios' dropped fly that increased the club's number to six on the season. Edwin Jackson lasted only 4 2/3 innings, and he glared at Ramirez after Ramirez bobbled a grounder on Jackson's last pitch.

After the game, Jackson said he was more disappointed at not getting a chance to get the victory, but manager Ozzie Guillen didn't want to take a chance with left-handed hitter Ryan Sweeney scheduled to bat.

Before Santos and Sale performed their heroics, the bullpen was put on the spot again. After Will Ohman bailed Jackson out of a fifth-inning jam, Tony Pena quickly gave up a one-run lead as Mark Ellis singled and scored on Kevin Kouzmanoff's home run.

This made for a long, sloppy night that taxed the patience of 18,020 fans that were resigned to cheering sarcastically every time a Sox outfielder caught a fly.

"I don't think that's fair," Guillen said.

But their appreciation for Santos and Sale was genuine, especially after the bullpen entered Tuesday's game with a 5.22 ERA.