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Beckham jumpstarts Sox offense

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Second baseman Gordon Beckham continued to climb out of his hitting funk with a home run and double in the White Sox' 8-0 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

Beckham's homer against Ervin Santana in the second inning jump-started the Sox offense, which produced 11 hits, including homers by Beckham, Carlos Quentin and Alexei Ramirez.

"Yeah it was good to get that early in the game,'' Beckham said of his homer. "I think it got us moving a little bit in the right direction. Whenever somebody goes up there and does something like that early in the game, I guess it kind of puts the pressure off the other guys. You see somebody hitting it's contagious. I think it was a good start. Carlos had a good game, a lot of people had great, great at-bats all throughout the night and we were able to put enough runs on the board to win.''

Beckham has nine hits in his last 23 at-bats (.391) with three doubles, a homer and six runs scored, raising his average to .231. He has not made an error this season. Quentin had five RBI. He leads the American League with 15 doubles and 23 extra-base hits.

"I've kind of said that I think we're still going to be in it at the end, I really do,'' he said. "We're starting to play better. We're starting to play like we're capable of. All we can do is to keep trying to do that and to show up and I don't think anything has changed from the last three days to the last month.''

The Sox are 14-22. The team's goal is to get on a hot streak and inch closer to the .500 mark and go from there.

"I really think we show up every day and work hard and it hadn't worked out for the last month but when you do that stuff over and over again it's going to turn in your favor I think,'' Beckham said.

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