OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jack Cust capped off a memorable week with one more powerful swing.
Cust homered for the fourth straight day and hit his sixth in seven games since joining Oakland, capping a five-run ninth inning with a three-run drive that gave the Athletics a 10-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
"I'm just trying to take advantage of the opportunity and make a contribution somehow," Cust said.
Cust has done much more than that since being acquired from San Diego on May 3 in a little noticed deal for a player to be named or cash. But with Mike Piazza on the disabled list with an injured shoulder, the A's called Cust up to be their regular designated hitter.
He homered in his first game May 6 at Tampa Bay, then hit two last Thursday against Kansas City before homering in each of the three games against Cleveland. His six homers in his first 26 at-bats with the team is an Oakland record.
"It's unbelievable," Oakland second baseman Mark Ellis said. "I've been hitting behind him these last couple of games. His swing is so powerful. The way the ball jumps off his bat is incredible. It's been fun to watch, and he's been huge for us. He's really impressive."
Cust only got the opportunity because of a rally his teammates put together after Joe Borowski (0-2) retired the first two batters in the ninth inning. Borowski then got in front of Eric Chavez 0-2 before allowing a groundball single through the right side.
"He had a great at-bat," A's reliever Alan Embree said. "That was the inning right there. It was like he willed it to happen."
Milton Bradley then tied the score with his second homer this season, a drive to right.
"I love being in those situations," said Bradley, who spent parts of three seasons with Cleveland. "I have all the confidence in the world. I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a little extra incentive doing it against the Indians."
Cust greeted Fernando Cabrera with yet his sixth homer in 26 at-bats since being acquired by Oakland from San Diego on May 3. The A's poured out of the dugout to mob Cust as he crossed home plate following his first career game-ending home run.
"He's come up and he's in one of those zones now and obviously he did a good job against us," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said.
Cust's homer came off his regular bat, not one of the special pink ones most of the players were using on Mother's Day. He was called up too late to get a special bat.
"They don't have pink bats in Triple-A on Mothers' Day," Cust said.
The A's have won seven straight home series against the Indians and taken 15 of 21 games from them at the Coliseum over the past five seasons.
"It's frustrating," Borowski said. "Everybody did their jobs today except for one person ... me. You're supposed to come away winning the series and instead you go back home not winning it so it's frustrating."
The Indians appeared ready to end that streak when they broke out to a 5-1 lead in the third inning. They put runners on first and third with one out in the first against Chad Gaudin and loaded the bases with no outs in the second but only scored on Mike Rouse's forceout.
Gaudin was unable to avoid trouble in a four-run third. Travis Hafner walked and
Casey Blake and Hafner added RBI hits in the sixth against Jay Marshall to extend Cleveland's lead to 7-4, but Chavez's solo homer in the seventh off Tom Mastny started Oakland's comeback. Crosby also hit a solo home run for the A's, who have 19 homers in May after hitting 18 in April.
- Gaudin allowed five runs -- four earned -- and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, the first time in nine starts this season he's allowed more than three earned runs. He has not given up a homer to his last 181 batters, spanning 42 innings.
- Cleveland starter Cliff Lee allowed four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings.
- Johnson's single in the ninth extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games.