GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Gordon Beckham hit a three-run homer and Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin added solo shots as the White Sox walloped the A's, 18-1, on Friday in Cactus League action at Camelback Ranch.Bobby Cramer, a left-hander who is vying this spring for the fifth spot in the Oakland rotation, was pelted for eight runs -- all of them earned -- on nine hits in just three innings of work. He walked one, whiffed two and allowed three homers.
After his outing, Cramer said he tweaked his back on a pickoff attempt in the first inning, which piled on the fact that center fielder Coco Crisp was forced to an early exit because of a tight left hamstring.Left-hander John Danks started for the White Sox and earned the win, holding the A's to four hits and a run in six innings. He struck out four and walked none. Danks is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in 17 2/3 innings over the course of four starts. Beckham's homer followed singles by Brent Morel and Lastings Milledge as the White Sox took a 6-1 lead after two innings. Konerko and Quentin hit back-to-back homers to left to open the third. It was Konerko's first homer of the spring and Quentin's second.
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Beckham also had a double, a walk and a stolen base in the game. Quentin was 4-for-4, adding two doubles and a single to his homer. He scored three runs and drove in four.Both Beckham and Quentin doubled in Chicago's six-run fourth. The A's had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Daric Barton's double and Josh Willingham's single. But the White Sox came back with a three-spot in the bottom of the inning on a pair of stolen bases and consecutive singles by Konerko, Quentin and Alexei Ramirez.
Up next: Righty Trevor Cahill is scheduled to make his fifth start on Saturday when the A's host the White Sox at Phoenix Municipal Stadium beginning at 1:05 p.m. PT in a Cactus League matchup available live on Gameday Audio.Jake Peavy, despite suffering from symptoms of a bad bout with the flu the last few days, is still listed to make his fourth start of the spring in the back end of the home-and-home series. Peavy is continuing his comeback from July 14 shoulder surgery.
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.