Not even Frank Thomas' 300th career home run could slow down Kevin Appier and the Athletics.
Appier allowed one run on six hits in seven innings and Ben Grieve drove in four runs as Oakland defeated the White Sox 11-1 Saturday.
"It's a tough time to play us," said A's manager Art Howe. "We're playing playoff-type ball right now. Everything is working for us. Appier went right at the hitters. It was just a clinic out there, and we're swinging the bats as well as we have all season. It's fun to come out here and play."
Appier has won both his starts with the A's, who improved to 8-1 on the homestand.
"The guys have been playing great ball since before I got here," said Appier, 4-0 against the White Sox this season. "I've thrown pretty good against them and things have worked out. I thought I had pretty good command and it helped to throw a lot of strikes."
Thomas homered with one out in the sixth to become the 84th player to reach 300. The homer snapped an 0-for-10 streak in the series.
"Maybe this will help me get my swing back," Thomas said.
Thomas is the fifth active player to record at least 300 homers, 1,000 RBI (1,031) and 1,000 walks (1,050). He joins the Devil Rays' Fred McGriff, San Francisco's Barry Bonds, St. Louis' Mark McGwire and Baltimore's Cal Ripken.
"This was really big for him and the team," White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "He's been depressed that he couldn't get it sooner. It's an important milestone for Frank and hopefully the team will respond."
Jason Giambi's run-scoring single in the first extended his hitting streak to 15 games and gave the A's a 1-0 lead.
Oakland scored five in the fourth off Jim Parque. Miguel Tejada hit a two-run double and Grieve hit a three-run shot over the rightfield fence for his 17th homer.