CHICAGO(AP) Five days after becoming an instant South Side star by shutting out the crosstown rival Cubs for seven innings,
was just another frustrated player on the off-and-on
Chicago White Sox
Torres recorded only two outs - the shortest outing by a Sox starter in more than six years - while giving up consecutive
home runs to
in Tuesday night's 11-3 loss to the
Chicago, which trails Detroit by 7 1/2 games in the AL Central, had just taken three of four from Boston.
said. ''If you want to compete in any season, you beat the crap out of teams with a losing record and you fight against the
other ones. We do totally opposite of what we should do.''
After taking consecutive series from the Yankees and Angels earlier this summer, the
promptly lost two of three to Cleveland. They are 15-17 against the league's three last-place teams - Oakland, Baltimore and
''It's just been an up-and-down year. You can look at our record and tell,'' catcher A.J. Pierzynski said of his 69-71
. ''They came out swinging the bats and didn't miss the mistakes, and when you fall behind that quick it's tough to come out
of it against any team. It doesn't matter if they're young or old or good or bad.''
Torres (1-1) opened his fourth career start by walking
. He then gave up singles to
, loading the bases with nobody out. After
struck out and
hit a sacrifice fly, Cust hit his 21st homer of the season. Two pitches later, Ellis connected to make it 5-0 and chase Torres.
''I walked the first guy and started settling back in, throwing strikes, but then every ball that I threw over the plate got
hit,'' said Torres, who recorded only one more out than
did in an Aug. 28, 2003, loss to the Yankees.
Oakland, which has just its second three-game winning streak in three months, was glad to take advantage.
''The last couple of weeks, we've had a few games where we got behind early,'' A's manager
said. ''It's the first time we've been on the other end of that in a while, and it felt good to take a nice lead.''
(4-3) allowed three runs on six hits in 5 1-3 innings and was the beneficiary of a 20-hit Oakland attack that included
's four singles.
''Anytime you get runs right off the bat, it makes it a little easier to pitch and you can be a little more aggressive,''
Tomko said. ''The guys just came in swinging.''
Sweeney, a one-time top
prospect who went to the A's in the 2008
deal, scored three runs and drove in two more. Oakland's No. 3 batters have combined to hit .218 this season but Sweeney is
at .348 in his last five starts there.
Oakland took a 7-0 lead in the second, with Sweeney getting an RBI single and scoring on Hairston's double as boos rained
down on the home team.
Hairston doubled in another run in the fourth before the
pulled to 8-2 in the bottom of the inning as Tomko hit Pierzynski on the elbow and gave up
's two-run homer. Pierzynski stared at Tomko momentarily but went to first base without incident.
When Pierzynski and Tomko were San Francisco teammates in 2004, Tomko accused the catcher of being a clubhouse cancer. Before
said: ''If A.J. thinks Mr. Tomko hit him on purpose, he's got my permission to kick his butt.''
Tomko said afterward he didn't mean to hit Pierzynski, who said he doubted it was intentional.
Suzuki had an RBI double in the sixth, Davis singled in a run in the seventh and Sweeney added an RBI single in the ninth.
homered in the sixth for the
has an effective, pain-free throwing session Wednesday, he could start as soon as this weekend, pitching coach
said. Peavy, acquired from San Diego at the trading deadline, has been on the DL since June 13 with an ankle injury. He was
just rounding into shape when he was struck on the right elbow by a line drive Aug. 29 in his fourth rehab start. ... Suzuki
is batting .320 on the road vs. .220 at home. ...
missed his third straight game with a sore side and Guillen said he expected to rest the rookie Wednesday, too.