OAKLAND, Calif. -- The White Sox began their nine-game road trip Sunday night with flight delays that pushed their trip to California for their series with the Athletics to nearly eight hours.
It wasn't the best way to start a turnaround from what manager Robin Ventura called a "flat" effort against the Diamondbacks over the weekend.
The White Sox finally were able to find the surge of energy they needed in the ninth inning Monday night, but it was too late in a 5-4 loss to the A's, the first of three games at O.co Coliseum.
Before Monday's game, Ventura again expressed concern about the lackluster performance from his team in a 5-1 loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
"It's not like I haven't had a day when I felt flat," Ventura said. "You can either give in to it or you can try and change it. And I didn't think anybody tried to change it. They knew what I was thinking during the game. ... There are times when you try to help them by not having batting practice on a day game but we seem to, as a group, have a day like that when you give them some rope to let them rest, and it ends up going too far."
The Sox mustered only two earned runs and five hits and struck out seven times in eight innings off A's right-hander Jesse Chavez. The runs both came on solo homers, the first from Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo to right field to put the Sox ahead 1-0 in the second inning.
Jose Abreu added the second homer in the ninth inning, ending Chavez's bid for his first career complete game.
Abreu's home run sparked a Sox rally. Adam Dunn walked, Dayan Viciedo hit a double and Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI single to cut into the A's lead. Paul Konerko's sacrifice fly brought the Sox within 5-4. But Tyler Flowers and Leury Garcia struck out to end it.
After Viciedo's homer in the second, A's right fielder Josh Reddick hit an RBI triple to the center-field wall off Sox left-hander John Danks in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 1-1.
A's third baseman Josh Donaldson added a two-run homer to left field in the fifth inning. Danks had walked Reddick and then struck out the next two A's batters before Donaldson hit his eighth homer of the season for a 3-1 lead.
Danks lasted six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits, striking out five and walking two. Reliever Daniel Webb entered in the seventh and allowed a single, a walk and a two-run double from Jed Lowrie for a 5-1 A's lead.
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