Donaldson has five hits as A’s top White Sox 

click to enlarge The A's Josh Donaldson gets one of his five hits of the night with a two-run double off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks, scoring Coco Crisp and pinch runner Josh Reddick, during the fifth inning of the A's 11-3 victory Tuesday. - CHARLES REX ARBOGAST/AP
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  • The A's Josh Donaldson gets one of his five hits of the night with a two-run double off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks, scoring Coco Crisp and pinch runner Josh Reddick, during the fifth inning of the A's 11-3 victory Tuesday.

CHICAGO -- Josh Donaldson had a career-high five hits while driving in four runs, helping Jon Lester and the A's beat the Chicago White Sox 11-2 on Tuesday.

Donaldson also scored two runs as Oakland got just its third win in 12 games. Lester (14-10) gave up two runs over eight innings, and the Athletics took advantage of a season-high five errors by Chicago.

Possibly the only negative for Oakland was Craig Gentry suffering a concussion in a collision at first base while beating out a bunt single in the fifth. He was replaced by pinch-runner Josh Reddick.

The A's are trying to hang on to a wild card after plummeting out of the AL West race, and they came away with a much needed win.

Lester gave up seven hits, struck out eight and walked two after going 0-3 in his previous four starts.

He was sailing along with a 5-0 lead when Dayan Viciedo homered leading off the seventh. Carlos Sanchez got thrown out trying to stretch an RBI double to a triple, ending the inning, and Oakland pulled away.

Chicago's John Danks (9-11) lasted six innings, allowing four runs -- two earned -- and seven hits. He is 0-5 in his past eight starts.

Third baseman Marcus Semien had a rough night with three errors, and the White Sox lost for the fifth time in six games.

Donaldson singled and scored in a two-run fourth, and then added a two-run double in the fifth to make it 4-0. That hit came right after Gentry left the game.

Coco Crisp had just reached on an error leading off the inning when Gentry laid down a bunt toward the right side. He beat Danks' throw, but his head collided with Sanchez's shoulder while the second baseman was covering the bag.

Gentry stayed down for several minutes, holding his head while being tended to, before walking gingerly off the field.

NOTES: A's closer Sean Doolittle (strained muscle in the rib area) will throw a side session on Wednesday and, barring a setback, could rejoin the bullpen on Thursday, manager Bob Melvin said. ... Melvin hopes C John Jaso will be cleared to play after he consults with concussion expert Dr. Micky Collins in Pittsburgh today. ... Melvin said C-OF Stephen Vogt (sprained left ankle) is improving but not ready to resume baseball activities.

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