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Chicago White Sox second baseman Jeff Keppinger is struck out by Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz during the first inning at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

White Sox blown away in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura and his players have touted their ability to mount comebacks throughout the first six weeks of the season, but there was little chance of one Tuesday night.

Sox pitchers dug too deep a hole, and a sluggish offense never awoke to try to climb out of it in an 11-0 loss to the Athletics at O.co Coliseum. It was the Sox's fourth loss in a row and their second-largest margin of defeat this season.

Right-hander Scott Carroll took his third straight loss, and for the second straight start, he gave up six earned runs. Reliever Frank Francisco entered in the sixth inning and allowed three earned runs.

The Athletics scored a run each in the first and fourth before breaking the game open in the fifth against Carroll. John Jaso led off with a double and Yoenis Cespedes and Derek Norris each hit RBI doubles. Josh Reddick followed with a two-run homer to right-center field for a 6-0 lead.

Jed Lowrie doubled in the sixth off Francisco, and Jaso scored on Moises Sierra's fielding error. After Leury Garcia leaped above the center-field wall to rob Cespedes of a home run, Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer to right on Francisco's next pitch.

Moss added another two-run homer in the eighth off reliever Matt Lindstrom.

A's left-hander Drew Pomeranz, in his second start since making the transition to the rotation, gave up three hits, walked two and struck out eight in five innings.

Sierra's error wasn't the only poor outfield play for the Sox. Left fielder Dayan Viciedo misplayed Moss' RBI double to the wall in the first.

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