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Jordan Danks Hits First Career Homer In 9th, White Sox Top A's

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Chicago White Sox's Jordan Danks, right, celebrates his game-winning home run off Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Pat Neshek with Gordon Beckham during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Chicago. Chicago won 4-3. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) | AP

CHICAGO — Jordan Danks hit his first major league homer in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Friday night.

With two outs in the ninth, Danks sent the first pitch he saw from Pat Neshek (1-1) deep into the right-field seats for Chicago's fourth solo shot of the game. Dayan Viciedo, A.J. Pierzynski and Alexei Ramirez also connected.

Brett Myers (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning to help the AL Central leaders win for the 11th time in 16 games. Viciedo tied it at 3 with his homer in the seventh, snapping a 5-for-43 slide.

Before the game, the White Sox placed slugger Paul Konerko on the seven-day concussion disabled list. The first baseman took an elbow to the right temple area Tuesday on a close play at first and is eligible to return Aug. 17.

Josh Reddick homered and drove in all three runs for Oakland.

Brandon McCarthy came off the disabled list to make his first start for the A's since June 19. He had been sidelined with a strained shoulder.

The right-hander was staked to an early 3-0 lead but couldn't hold it, allowing a season-high three home runs.

Pierzynski extended his career high with his 22nd homer in the second and Ramirez hit a hanging curve out to left in the fourth, his fifth of the year.

McCarthy, who broke into the majors with the White Sox in 2005, was chased by Viciedo's drive. He went six-plus innings, allowing three runs and six hits.

Reddick provided the big early blow for Oakland. After Chris Carter's ground-rule double leading off the second, Reddick hit a towering home run down the right-field line off starter Gavin Floyd to give the Athletics a 3-0 cushion.

Floyd allowed seven runners in the first three innings, but pitched into the seventh. He gave up three runs and seven hits. The White Sox bullpen backed him up with three scoreless innings.

Oakland got on the board in the first inning on an RBI groundout by Reddick.

NOTES: Oakland announced starting pitchers Tommy Milone and Jarrod Parker would be pushed back and LHP Travis Blackley will make a spot start Saturday. Parker is expected to start Tuesday in Kansas City and Milone next Friday against Cleveland. ... The White Sox send LHP Francisco Liriano (3-10, 5.03 ERA) to the mound against Blackley (4-3, 3.30) on Saturday.