OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland keeps finding players to fill in for its injured starters, and they keep producing.
Jack Cust became the latest addition to make an impact, driving in four runs to help the Athletics beat C.C. Sabathia and the Cleveland Indians 8-2 Friday night.
Oakland acquired Cust from the San Diego Padres on May 3 and promoted him from Triple-A Sacramento when Mike Piazza went on the disabled list last Friday. He is hitting .316 (6-for-19) with four homers and nine RBIs in five games with the A's.
Cust hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Sabathia in the seventh and a two-run single off Roberto Hernandez in the eighth. Cust, who went 2-for-4 against the Indians, homered twice in Oakland's 17-3 victory over Kansas City on Thursday.
Joe Blanton (4-1) took a shutout into the sixth inning, and won consecutive starts for the first time this season.
Sabathia (5-1) allowed six runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out five and walked one as the Indians lost their third straight.
Dan Johnson extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an infield single in the second inning for Oakland, which won for the fourth time in five games. Johnson went 3-for-4 and scored a run.
Sabathia, a native of nearby Vallejo, dropped to 1-5 with a 6.60 ERA in 11 career starts against the A's. His only win against them came in July 2003.
Ryan Garko had three hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs for the Indians.
Blanton retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced before Garko led off the sixth with his fourth homer. Blanton went seven-plus innings, allowing two runs and five hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Justin Duchscherer pitched a scoreless eighth and Alan Embree worked the ninth for Oakland.
Bobby Crosby's fifth-inning home run was the only dent against Sabathia until the A's scored five runs with two outs in the seventh.