Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Kurt Suzuki had three hits, including a home run, to lead the Oakland Athletics in a 10-2 rout of the Chicago White Sox in the second of three games at Oakland Coliseum.
Suzuki, who signed a contract extension on Friday, scored twice and knocked in two runs for the Athletics, who have won eight of 10 and improved to 23-10 in day games this season. Jack Cust homered twice and walked three times, while Daric Barton had two hits and two RBI in the victory.
Vin Mazzaro (6-2) pitched six solid innings for the win, allowing two runs, three hits and three walks while fanning five.
Ramon Castro's two-run homer provided Chicago's lone offense, as the White Sox lost for the fifth time in eight games. Freddy Garcia (9-4) was blasted for five runs, six hits and three walks in just 1 1/3 frames to take the loss.
The A's scored twice in the first to jump in front.
Coco Crisp led off with a walk, stole second and scored on Barton's double. A Suzuki single and Cust walk loaded the bases with nobody out, but Garcia came back to strike out Kevin Kouzmanoff and Mark Ellis.
Gabe Gross, though, reached on an infield single to allow Barton to cross the plate.
Chicago tied the game in the second on Castro's two-run blast, but the Oakland offense was relentless, pouring on three more runs in the home half.
Cliff Pennington singled, moved to second and scored on Barton's base hit. Barton swiped second before Suzuki roped an RBI base hit to left. A walk to Cust ended Garcia's brief outing, and Kouzmanoff doubled in Suzuki when Tony Pena came on to pitch, extending the hosts' lead to 5-2.
The A's continued to hit, as Suzuki and Cust opened the fourth with back-to- back homers for a five-run advantage. Ellis' RBI single and Matt Carson's sacrifice fly in the sixth increased the cushion.
Cust's leadoff shot in the eighth accounted for the final margin.
Suzuki's home run was initially ruled a double before the umpires conferred and changed the ruling...The White Sox are still 20-11 in day games...Garcia fell to 5-2 in 10 road starts...Pena allowed four runs, four hits and four walks in 3 2/3 frames...Cust recorded his seventh career multi-homer game.