Kazmir's outstanding start backed by offensive surge
Lefty holds White Sox hitless through four; Burns tallies four base knocks
By Chris Gabel and Scott Merkin
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Billy Burns' four hits topped a 15-hit attack in a 10-4 Oakland victory over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch. Saturday's start against the A's for Jose Quintana looked much like some of his Major League-high 39 no-decisions since 2012, as the left-hander pitched brilliantly over six innings against Scott Kazmir, only to leave trailing by two runs.
But the White Sox rallied for three in the sixth before Quintana was officially removed, scoring two on Alexei Ramirez's single and then taking the lead on Geovany Soto's two-out double. Quintana fanned five over six innings without issuing a walk. Only one of his two runs allowed were earned.
Kazmir held Chicago hitless for four innings and allowed two hits over 5 1/3 frames, while striking out four. Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt and Josh Phegley, who were part of the Jeff Samardzija trade between the White Sox and A's at the Winter Meetings, played against their old club Saturday.
The A's broke the game open in the eighth, as Max Muncy roped a three-run double down the right-field line to follow a two-run homer by Jason Pridie.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Cancel the postgame: The White Sox couldn't tally a base knock against Kazmir until Gordon Beckham was credited with a single to open the fifth. Beckham hit a high popup about three feet in front of home plate that catcher Stephen Vogt and first baseman Ike Davis could reach. Carlos Sanchez followed with a bloop single to right to remove any doubt concerning the hitless streak.
Doubling up: A's designated hitter Phegley, a former White Sox catcher, doubled in the first inning to put Oakland on the board first. It was Phegley's seventh two-bagger of the spring.
R, as in Ramirez and RBI: Ramirez's previous single-season high for RBIs came during his rookie campaign in 2008 with 77. Hitting sixth or even fifth in the lineup this season, that total could rise. Ramirez's two-run single Saturday gave him 17 Cactus League RBIs.
Power off the bench: Pridie's two-run home run to center field was part of a six-run eighth. It was the second homer of the spring for Pridie, who came off the bench as a pinch-runner in the fourth inning.
"You want to leave here healthy, winning some games and guys feeling good about it." -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura, on what he would like to see his club accomplish over the final week of Spring Training.
"This time is for preparation, and I feel really good with my stuff. I keep going with my old pitching, practice my strengths and practice all my pitches every five days." -- Quintana, on his routine during the spring.
WHAT'S NEXT White Sox: With the White Sox facing the Indians in Goodyear on Sunday for a 3:05 p.m. CT first pitch, John Danks moves to a Minor League game and Scott Carroll gets the call in the Cactus League game on MLB.TV. Closer David Robertson, who has been sidelined by right forearm soreness, is scheduled to return to the mound.
A's: Right-hander Kendall Graveman will audition for a spot in the rotation when he takes the mound Sunday at 1:05 PT in a Gameday Audio broadcast against the Brewers. Graveman has a 0.60 ERA in 15 innings this spring. Milwaukee will counter with righty Michael Blazek, who will face an A's lineup scheduled to look very similar to the Opening Day version.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.