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CHICAGO (AP) _ Barry Zito combined with two relievers on a six-hitter and David Justice homered Sunday to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Chicago White Sox 3-2.

Randy Velarde and Scott Hatteberg also drove in runs for the A's, who have not been swept in a three-game series this season.

Frank Thomas homered for the White Sox, who took two of three after losing three in a row last weekend. Chicago outscored Oakland 18-6 in this series after being outscored 32-5 at the Coliseum.

Zito (2-2), who gave up six runs and six hits in four innings at New York in his previous start, allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out four, and got ahead of many batters with a good changeup.

Jim Mecir pitched two hitless innings and Billy Koch finished for his seventh save in nine chances. Oakland pitchers struck out nine and walked none.

Dan Wright (3-3) gave up three runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Justice led off the second with his fourth homer of the season, but Chicago tied it in the fourth when Paul Konerko lined a single off the glove of third baseman Eric Chavez and Tony Graffanino came around from second.

Oakland went ahead for good in the fifth when Wright walked Greg Myers and Carlos Pena with one out, and Velarde and Hatteberg hit RBI singles.

Thomas homered in the sixth, his sixth home run of the season.

Notes: The A's have not been swept at Chicago in a three-game series since Sept. 5-7, 1983. ... Shortstops for both clubs _ Miguel Tejada of the A's and Royce Clayton of the White Sox _ each made several nice plays in the field to take hits away. ... Justice has reached base in 21 of his 22 games. ... Oakland finished a 2-4 road trip.