Chicago, Sept. 8 Jack Cust hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning Tuesday to boost the Oakland Athletics to an 11-3 thrashing of the Chicago White Sox.
Ryan Sweeney was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two RBI. Scott Hairston and Kurt Suzuki each had two RBI, Rajai Davis had three hits, three runs and an RBI, and Mark Ellis added a solo homer for Oakland.
Brett Tomko (4-3) got the win after allowing three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Carlos Torres (1-1), coming off his first big league win in his previous start, didn't make it out of the first inning after surrendering five runs on four hits.
Paul Konerko and Mark Kotsay each homered for Chicago.
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