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CHICAGO -- Josh Donaldson checked out the video and figured out the problem. The quick fix led to a big night. Donaldson had a career-high five hits while driving in four runs, helping Jon Lester and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 11-2 on Tuesday. Donaldson also scored two runs as Oakland got just its third win in 12 games. It was quite a turnaround for Donaldson after striking out four times the previous night. Watching video at the hotel after Mondays game, the All-Star third baseman noticed the position of his hands was throwing off his timing. "I think baseball is just a stupid game," he said. "Its just one of those things where last night, I didnt even come close to touching anything -- four punches. Tonight, I was able to get the most hits in my career in one game. You just try to turn the page, try to forget it." Lester (14-10) gave up two runs over eight innings, and the Athletics took advantage of a season-high five errors by Chicago. One 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 Josh Reddick. The Athletics 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. Chicagos 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. "I can look at the plays all I want," Semien said. "I can practice them. I just want to come back tomorrow, have a good day of work, and if Im in there, forget about today and move on." 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 got down a bunt toward the right side. He beat Danks throw, but his head collided with Sanchezs 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. "Thats tough to see," Lester said. "Thats kind of the whole personality behind this team. You go hard until you get knocked down. We try to use it as a figure of speech, not actually literally go out there and get knocked out. Hopefully its not that bad." TRAINERS ROOM Athletics: 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 on Wednesday. ... Melvin said C/OF Stephen Vogt (sprained left ankle) is improving but not ready to resume baseball activities. White Sox: Manager Robin Ventura isnt sure when retiring 1B Paul Konerko (fractured left hand) will be ready to swing again. He is expected to return before the season -- and his career -- ends. UP NEXT Jeff Samardzija (4-5, 3.70 ERA) makes his first start in Chicago since the Cubs traded him to Oakland on July 5, while Chris Bassitt (0-1, 7.36 ERA) pitches for the White Sox. MISSING CESPEDES? Tuesdays game aside, its no secret Oakland has struggled on offence since sending Yoenis Cespedes to Boston in the Lester trade. But when asked if the Athletics are missing the slugger, Melvin sidestepped the question. "The balance was, do we have enough offence or do we need more pitching?" Melvin said. "And thats what we came to terms with, is when you get a Jon Lester, you get a Jon Lester, and we try to mix and match and pick up the pieces where Ces was." STREAKS END Chicagos Tyler Flowers saw his career-high eight-game hitting streak end, and Adam Eaton snapped an 0-for-14 slide with a single in the sixth. Tyson Alualu Jersey . To get things started, heres a little photo tour to get you acquainted with all the main characters. Vince Williams Jersey . -- The Denver Broncos locked up a shutdown cornerback, only his name wasnt Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. http://www.cheapsteelersjerseyssale.com/...ersey-sale. The four-time Grand Slam champion has beaten Hantuchova nine straight times, with the Slovaks only win coming when they first played 10 years ago. "I had a tough first opponent who can play extremely good tennis," Sharapova said. Carnell Lake Jersey . With just under five seconds remaining - the Raptors having clawed back from a 19-point deficit and pulled within one - DeRozan took the handoff from Chuck Hayes. Artie Burns Jersey . -- After a year spent travelling the world, Brooks Koepka suddenly is in a position to play a lot more golf at home.ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams were determined not to let Adrian Peterson embarrass them again. The Minnesota Vikings found another way to catch them with their pants down. Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson ran for 102 yards on just three carries, with a 67-yard scoring run off a simple pitchout. The Vikings were impressive across the board under new coach Mike Zimmer, shutting down the Rams 34-6 on Sunday. "Theres no way I can miss that hole," Patterson said. "When I get the ball in my hands, I expect great things." Peterson rambled for 212 yards the last time the Vikings played in St. Louis in December 2012, enjoying the view on the end zone video board at the end of an 82-yard run. The star runner ground out 75 yards on 21 carries in the opener. "We knew we were going against a good defence, especially a good front," Peterson said. "The guys up front didnt back down, we continued to hit them in the mouth." Rams quarterback Shaun Hill lasted one half as the stand-in starter for Sam Bradford, missing the rest of the game with a quadriceps injury and leaving untested Austin Davis in charge. Coach Jeff Fisher believed Hill was hurt before his last pass was intercepted by Josh Robinson with 1:09 to go in the half, setting up Matt Cassels 8-yard pass to Greg Jennings for a 13-0 lead. The Vikings were in command the rest of the way. "I like how this team works, Ive said it numerous, numerous times," Zimmer said after getting an ice bath from players. "I think we had a good plan, and it worked out." Zimmer was a defensive co-ordinator with Dallas, Atlanta and Cincinnati the previous 14 seasons and inherited a team that went 5-10-1. He had a defence that surrendered the most points NFL last year clicking from the start, holding St. Louis to 170 yards the first three quarters. Patterson broke at least four tackles on the 67-yarder that put the Vikings up 20-3 late in the third quarter. He had carries of 23 and 12 yards in the first half and added three receptions for 26 yards. Last year, Patterson returned two kickoffs for toucchdowns and led the NFL with a 32.dddddddddddd4-yard average. The Vikings kept the Rams down in the second half with four of their five sacks, and Harrison Smiths 81-yard interception return made it 34-3 late in the fourth quarter. Its the third career interception return for a touchdown by Smith, beginning his third season. Brian Quick had seven catches for 99 yards for St. Louis. The Rams didnt help themselves with sloppy play and were penalized 13 times for 121 yards. "These guys put in way too much work for this to end up like this," guard Rodger Saffold said. "I feel sorry for everybody in this room, and I know that next week its going to be a bloodbath because I know nobodys going to want this to happen again." Robinson intercepted an underthrown pass by Hill looking like the primary receiver, tapping the turf with his right foot before going out of bounds. Cassel needed four plays and 48 seconds to find Jennings. The 34-year-old Hill made his first start since 2010 and was 8 for 13 for 81 yards. After the game, he was guarded about his status and also declined to discuss how he was hurt. "Im going to leave all comments about the injury up to coach Fisher," Hill said. Davis, who was 16 for 23 for 192 yards and an interception, has been with the Rams at least parts of the last three seasons. NOTES: Rams DE Chris Long (left ankle) was sidelined after tackling Peterson in the third quarter. Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes (groin) left in the third quarter. ... OL Greg Robinson, the second overall pick of the draft, was limited to a handful of special teams snaps the first half, but came in at guard after Saffold (neck) left in the fourth quarter. After the game, Saffold said he was fine. ... Blair Walsh kicked three field goals of 50-plus yards at St. Louis as a rookie in 2012, and he drilled a 52-yarder to open the scoring. He was 26 for 30 last season, three of the misses from beyond midfield. ... Rams K Greg Zuerlein had been 7 for 13 in his career from 50-plus before hooking a 50-yarder later in the first, but later connected from 56 and 46 yards. 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