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Cust powers Athletics past Indians

Jun 28, 2007 - 4:03 AM CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Jack Cust continued his dominance over the Cleveland Indians and helped wake the Oakland Athletics bats in the process.

Cust homered and had a career-high five RBI as the Athletics snapped a five-game losing streak with an 13-7 victory over the Indians on Wednesday.

Cust, who is batting .391 (9-of-23) with five homers and 15 RBI in six games against Cleveland this season, blasted a three-run homer off Indians starter Fausto Carmona (8-4) to stake the Athletics to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning.

"It's nothing different," said Cust. "I just happen to be playing (Cleveland) when I am seeing the ball well. When we first played them, I was hitting the ball good and I am hitting the ball well right now."

"(Cust) continues to impress," Athletics manager Bob Geren said. "He's doing a terrific job for us. He was a great story early on in the season and a lot of people wrote about him. Now you are getting past the story, but he is still a great hitter."

Oakland, which had scored just 10 runs during the five-game losing streak, added six more runs in the second to open up a 9-0 advantage.

"It was great for the bats to come out early and score some runs," Cust said. "Obviously we needed the win."

After Marco Scutaro led off with a single, Kurt Suzuki blasted his second home run of the season. Travis Buck followed with a double, and Shannon Stewart had an infield single before Nick Swisher ended Carmona's night with an RBI double to center.

Jason Stanford entered but failed to slow down Oakland's offense. Cust's sacrifice fly made the score 6-0, and Chavez followed with a double to left center before Mark Ellis and Dan Johnson hit back-to-back RBI singles to cap the rally.

"It was an outstanding offensive performance, probably our best all season," Geren said.

Lenny DiNardo (3-5), who threw a season-high 106 pitches, was the beneficiary of Oakland's offensive outburst as he allowed two runs and five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings to pick up his second win since being moved to the rotation on May 29.

"That kind of run support was a confidence booster for me," DiNardo said. "After we took the lead, I just wanted to be aggressive and pound the strike zone. A lot of times you see a pitcher get lax with a big lead, I just kept trying to pitch like the score was 0-0."

Oakland needed all the offense it could get as Cleveland scored five runs off the Athletics beleaguered bullpen.

After a 29-minute rain delay, Casey Blake and Travis Hafner each hit solo homers off Athletics reliever Dallas Braden to cut the deficit to 11-4.

But Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to preserve the victory.

Carmona suffered his worst outing of the season and the shortest start of his career. Carmona allowed seven hits and a season-high eight runs in just one frame. The righthander saw his ERA jump from 3.21 to 3.92.

"I was up in the strike zone," Carmona said through a translator. "My ball wasn't sinking as much as it usually does. When it was sinking, it was out of the strike zone, so I tried to go with my other pitches."

It was the second straight loss for Carmona, who started the season 7-1 but has lost three of his last four starts with a 6.86 ERA during that span.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 3 6 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 13 18 0
    CLEVELAND 0 2 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 7 11 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - LENNY DINARDO, COLBY LEWIS (6TH), DALLAS BRADEN (6TH),
    SANTIAGO CASILLA (8TH) AND KURT SUZUKI
    CLE - FAUSTO CARMONA, JASON STANFORD (2ND), EDWARD
    MUJICA (7TH)

    Jun 27 10:58 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY SHANNON STEWART (6) TO CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF EDWARD MUJICA SCORED TRAVIS BUCK.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 13, CLEVELAND 7
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: N SWISHER (.281, 1-FOR-4, BB, RBI)

    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 10:45 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TRAVIS HAFNER (12) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF DALLAS BRADEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 11, CLEVELAND 7
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J PERALTA (.285, 2-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 10:17 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CASEY BLAKE (11) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF DALLAS BRADEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 11, CLEVELAND 6
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: V MARTINEZ (.313, 1-FOR-3)

    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 10:14 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JACK CUST SCORED SHANNON STEWART.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J CUST ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 11
    CLEVELAND 5 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: E CHAVEZ (.244, 3-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 9:41 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ (4) TO LEFT WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF COLBY LEWIS SCORED JHONNY PERALTA AND JASON
    MICHAELS.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 10, CLEVELAND 5
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: J BARFIELD (.265, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 9:28 PM
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    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 9:24 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARCO SCUTARO SCORED ERIC CHAVEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M SCUTARO ON FIRST, D JOHNSON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 10
    CLEVELAND 2 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: K SUZUKI (.455, 1-FOR-2, BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 9:15 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GRADY SIZEMORE SCORED RYAN GARKO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G SIZEMORE ON FIRST, J MICHAELS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 9
    CLEVELAND 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: C BLAKE (.273, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 8:15 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JHONNY PERALTA (13) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF LENNY DINARDO.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 9, CLEVELAND 1
    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: R GARKO (.292, 9 HR, 29 RBI)

    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 8:03 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAN JOHNSON SCORED ERIC CHAVEZ.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, D JOHNSON ON FIRST, M ELLIS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 9
    CLEVELAND 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M SCUTARO (.241, 1-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 7:54 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ERIC CHAVEZ SCORED NICK SWISHER.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, E CHAVEZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    CLEVELAND 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: M ELLIS (.275, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 7:52 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JACK CUST SCORED SHANNON STEWART.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, N SWISHER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 7
    CLEVELAND 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: E CHAVEZ (.238, 1-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 7:49 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NICK SWISHER SCORED TRAVIS BUCK.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, N SWISHER ON SECOND, S STEWART ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 6
    CLEVELAND 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J CUST (.274, 1-FOR-1, HR, 3 RBI)

    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 7:43 PM


  • AL
    AT CLEVELAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY KURT SUZUKI (2) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF FAUSTO CARMONA SCORED MARCO SCUTARO.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 5, CLEVELAND 0
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: T BUCK (.280, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 7:39 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 3 3 2 0
    CLEVELAND 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: OAK - LENNY DINARDO
    CLE - FAUSTO CARMONA

    DUE UP FOR CLEVELAND: G SIZEMORE (.282, 13 HR, 35 RBI)
    C BLAKE (.273, 10 HR, 38 RBI)
    V MARTINEZ (.313, 14 HR, 62

    Athletics vs. IndiansJun 27 7:21 PM