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03/12/12 7:25 PM ET

Peavy unable to harness control

Right-hander gives up eight hits, six runs over 2 1/3 innings

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brandon Allen and Tyson Ross currently find themselves in the middle of Oakland roster battles to not only break camp with the team but to also secure starting roles.

And in Monday's 9-4 victory over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch, both players certainly helped their cause.

Allen, a former White Sox Minor Leaguer who is in the mix for Oakland's first-base job, singled home two runs during a five-run third inning against White Sox starter Jake Peavy. Allen has 10 Cactus League RBIs in 11 games.

Ross, one of the A's hurlers competing to fill three open rotation spots, hurled three scoreless innings with two strikeouts and two walks.

"My control is not as great as I want it to be yet, but you look at the positives," Ross said. "I've been able to pitch out of jams and put up zeroes."

Peavy wants the same kind of results posted by Ross, even if it was just his second start of the Cactus League on Monday afternoon at Camelback Ranch. But the right-hander remained upbeat and happy with his Spring Training work-in-progress, despite giving up six runs on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings.

He threw almost exclusively fastballs in his first home start against the Brewers but was able to work in more offspeed pitches in this trip to the mound.

"I threw a lot of breaking balls, some not so good," said Peavy, who walked two and struck out one. "I just had a hard time commanding the outer half of the plate, the glove side of the plate, getting the ball across.

"Obviously, I have a lot to work on as far as getting on time tempo-wise, getting your foot down and getting the ball away," Peavy said.

Oakland scored one in the first inning on Coco Crisp's single but took control with that five-run third. Collin Cowgill tripled home three off Leyson Septimo, who replaced Peavy with the bases loaded and one out when Peavy hit his pitch limit.

The White Sox rallied with four runs in the fifth off reliever Neil Wagner, with Alexei Ramirez, Kosuke Fukudome and Alex Rios all picking up RBIs.

Kurt Suzuki and Cowgill had three hits apiece for the A's, while Alejandro De Aza, Rios and Ramirez had two hits each for the White Sox.

Up next for White Sox: After throwing three innings in a "B" game last Thursday, Gavin Floyd returns to the main stage for a 3:05 p.m. CT contest in Peoria against the Padres on Tuesday. Floyd is scheduled to throw three innings or 60 pitches. The White Sox will field their regular lineup against Edinson Volquez, aside from Jordan Danks playing right field and hitting ninth in place of Alex Rios. Adam Dunn will play first base and Paul Konerko will serve as designated hitter. The game will be broadcast on Gameday Audio.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.