OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yoán Moncada went 5 for 6 with two home runs and five RBIs, Dylan Cease went nine in six scoreless innings and the Chicago White Sox hammered the Oakland Athletics 14-2 on Thursday night.
Chicago had 21 hits, including 10 extra hits, in its highest-scoring game of the season. He has won seven of his last nine games.
“It feels good,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “It’s fun to see everyone contributing and adding to the team.”
Romy González went 4 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs. Elvis Andrus, out by the A’s in August, and Eloy Jiménez also homered.
“It was nice to see those bats,” White Sox interim manager Miguel Cairo said. “Moncada, Gonzo, everyone had good sticks.”
Cease (14-6) reached 206 strikeouts for the year, becoming the White Sox’s seventh pitcher with multiple 200 strikeout seasons. The right-hander allowed three hits and two walks after being within one hit in his last start against the Minnesota Twins.
“It’s definitely a big achievement, something I’m proud of,” Cease said of the milestone. “We know that every game, every inning, every pitch counts right now. So getting out there and making a statement, both on the pitching side and on the offensive side, is important.”
Oakland has lost three in a row and seven of its last eight.
Andrus and Moncada started the game with back-to-back homers against JP Sears. Andrus scored another home run in the second, followed by Moncada’s second homer of the night, a three-point shot.
Sears (5-2) gave up a career-high six runs on eight hits and walked one in two innings, leading A’s manager Mark Kotsay to believe he could have tipped his throws.
“We definitely saw something that could have led to the results,” Kotsay said. “It definitely makes it easier at this level when you know a change is coming or the speed is coming and you know a fastball is coming. But they’re a good hitting team and they’re playing really well. .”
Jiménez homered a two-run in the fourth. Adam Engel scored a single in another run in the fifth, followed by an RBI double by Moncada two batters later.
The White Sox added four runs in the sixth on an RBI single from Andrew Vaughn and a three-run homer from González to make it 14-0.
The A’s finally scored in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by Shea Langeliers. Sheldon Neuse followed with an RBI groundout.
CAIRO WINS AGAIN
Cairo improved to 7-3 as caretaker manager as Tony La Russa remains away from the squad with an unspecified health issue.
“There’s nothing official, nothing we know,” Cairo said of La Russa’s return. “We’re waiting to see. We don’t know yet. …I talk to him every day. He’s fine.”
Cairo has been the bench coach of La Russa for the past two years. He served as manager for last season’s Field of Dreams game when La Russa attended his brother-in-law’s funeral.
“I love the challenge (of managing),” Cairo said. “I like the adrenaline. I like the butterflies you get during the game. If he comes back, it’s the manager. I’m the bench coach.”
White Sox: OF Luis Robert missed his second straight game after being hit in the left finger during a Tuesday swing in Seattle. He also has pain in his left wrist. “It’s day to day,” Cairo said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and take it from there.”
Athletics: 2G/OF Tony Kemp returned to the roster after missing Wednesday’s game with a tight groin. He started and went 1 for 2 with a single and a walk… OF Skye Bolt (right knee patella subluxation) went 1 for 4 with an RBI single in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Vegas. … RHP Zach Jackson continues to recover from a strained right shoulder and could still return before the end of the season. “We’re still optimistic about our ability to get him back,” Kotsay said. “I think he just needs, in the next seven days probably, to make some decent progress.”
White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.21 ERA) makes his third career start against Oakland on Friday. Giolito is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in his two previous outings. RHP Athletics James Kaprielian (3-9, 4.79) is looking to snap a four-game losing streak. He defeated the White Sox on July 29, allowing one run in six innings.