Mar 9, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics infielder Josh Donaldson (20) runs the bases after a home run in the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Donaldson Hits 1st Homer Of Spring; Oakland Athletics, White Sox Tie


Dan Straily pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, but the Oakland Athletics defense led to two unearned runs as the A’s and Chicago White Sox played to a 2-2 tie in a game that was called after nine innings Sunday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Josh Donaldson connected for his first home run of the Cactus League season in the fifth inning off Dylan Axelrod to give Oakland a 2-0 lead, but Chicago scored unearned runs in the sixth and eighth to tie the game up.

Oakland took a 1-0 lead in the third when Stephen Vogt led off the inning with a double and came around to score on a ground single up the middle by Eric Sogard.

Donaldson’s blast made it 2-0 in the fifth before Oakland’s defensive misadventures began.

Tommy Milone came on to pitch to start the sixth and was greeted by a three-base error by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes when he allowed Gordon Beckham’s fly ball to the warning track fall in.

With one out and runners at the corners, Jeff Keppinger’s slow roller back to Milone was enough to get pinch-runner Micah Johnson home from third to cut the A’s lead to 2-1.

In the eighth, Johnson reached on a one-out single and went to second on a balk by Milone and moved to third on a ground out. Blake Tekotte hit the ball on the ground and it appeared Milone would escape any damage, but second baseman Jake Elmore booted the play and Johnson scored to make it 2-2.

Straily allowed two hits and three walks in his 10-out stint, striking out two, and Fernando Abad got the final two outs of the fourth, one by strikeout. Jim Johnson worked a perfect fifth, striking out two, and Milone went the rest of the way, allowing two unearned runs on just one hit, fanning two.

The A’s had nine hits on the day. Brandon Moss had a single and a double, while Vogt and Sogard also had a pair of hits.

Oakland goes to Camelback Ranch on Monday to face the Los Angeles Dodgers at 1:05 p.m. Pacific.

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