A's shell White Sox 16-6

  • Oakland Athletics' Jed Lowrie watches his three-run home run off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana in the first inning of a spring exhibition baseball game Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in a nine-run first inning off Jose Quintana and Sam Fuld added a two-run triple, starting the Oakland Athletics to a 16-6 rout of the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

Quintana faced nine batters and didn't get any outs, allowing nine runs, seven hits and two walks.

Oakland starter Jesse Chavez improved to 4-0, giving up two runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings. A's manager Bob Melvin indicated before the game that Chavez and Tommy Milone will be part of the team's starting rotation.

"Watching those guys run around the bases was awesome," said Chavez, who didn't see himself as a potential starter as he entered training camp. "I just came in prepared to battle for a job. That's all. It gives me more confidence that they have confidence that I can do it. I'm going to try and ride that wave of their confidence in me."

Coco Crisp went 3 for 3, raising his average to .357. Nick Punto (2 for 4) is hitting .389 and Jake Elmore (2 for 4) is at .333.

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