OAKLAND, Calif. — Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, Josh Reddick tripled in a run and Jed Lowrie doubled in two more Monday night as the Oakland Athletics held on to defeat the White Sox 5-4.
The loss was the third in a row for the Sox (19-21), who — until they scored three runs in the ninth inning — opened a nine-game road trip on a flat note a day after manager Robin Ventura questioned his team’s energy and enthusiasm during a 5-1 home loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Sox had four hits Sunday and five against A’s starter Jesse Chavez (3-1), two of them home runs by Dayan Viciedo in the second inning and Jose Abreu in the ninth.
After Abreu’s homer, his 14th, the Sox made it interesting. Viciedo doubled Adam Dunn to third, and Ramirez drove in a run with a single. Then Paul Konerko hit a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to make it 5-4. After Ramirez stole second, pinch hitter Tyler Flowers and Leury Garcia struck out against lefty Sean Doolittle.
Ventura started Garcia in center field, moving Alejandro De Aza to left. Garcia, who batted in the leadoff spot, was 0-for-5.
Sox starter John Danks (3-3) needed 116 pitches to get through six innings. He gave up three runs, six hits and two walks and struck out five. Danks was 6-1 with a 2.12 ERA in nine career starts against the A’s going into the game.
NOTES: Jose Abreu is the first player in White Sox history, and sixth in MLB history, to hit at least 14 home runs in his first 40 career games (last Albert Pujols, 14 in 2001).
◆ His 38 RBI through 40 career games are the second most in franchise history (Zeke Bonura, 43 in 1941).
◆ His 26 extra-base hits are the most by a White Sox through 40 games of a season since Frank Thomas in 1994 (27)