Billy Burns scores during the first inning of Wednesday's game in Oakland. Burns scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Jed Lowrie. (Ben Margot/AP)

A’s earn first win of 2016

OAKLAND — Sonny Gray pitched seven strong innings, Mark Canha homered and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 Wednesday night.

Gray, scratched from the opening-day start because of a stomach flu, gave up a run on three hits, walking four and striking out five.

John Axford pitched a scoreless eighth and Ryan Madsen got the final three outs for his first save. Madsen’s last four saves have come against the White Sox.

Chicago starter Carlos Rodon gave up two runs on seven hits over seven innings. He walked one and stuck out six.

Jed Lowrie also had an RBI for the A’s and Jimmy Rollins drove in a run for Chicago.

Adam Eaton singled twice and walked, reaching base safely in 25 consecutive games dating to last Sept. 9.

Billy Burns had two hits for the A’s.

Henderson Alvarez threw 25 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, facing hitters for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery.

“I felt good,” Alvarez said. “I was very happy to get back out there and get into a rhythm.”

Alvarez, expected to return in late May, will pitch live batting practice at Single-A Stockton on Sunday as he looks to pitch in the majors for the first time since last May 22.

Eric Surkamp will be recalled after Thursday’s game and start for the A’s on Friday in Seattle’s home opener. Surkamp appeared in 35 games, out of the bullpen, with the White Sox in 2014. “He’s got a nice, easy delivery,” Ventura said. “He came in and did good work for us.”

Kendall Graveman, who was sent home with the flu Tuesday night, makes the start on Thursday. Graveman, who said he lost about 12 pounds because of the illness, has never faced the White Sox.

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