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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 9, A's 4

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox jumped on the Oakland Athletics early Wednesday and cruised to a 9-4 victory.

How it happened: The White Sox were powered to the victory on home runs from Mike Olt, Carlos Sanchez and Jose Abreu. Starter Erik Johnson pitched well, giving up three runs on six hits over six innings. One night after scoring 17 runs, the A’s were held in check with four runs on eight hits. The White Sox scored six runs in the fourth inning after the A’s scored 10 runs in the fourth inning of their 17-6 blowout victory Tuesday.

What it means: The White Sox’s offensive revival continued Wednesday, not that it has meant much in the overall standings. Since the second half began, the White Sox are second in the American League in batting average (.272), fourth in extra-base hits (181) and fifth in runs (275), and that was before scoring nine runs on eight hits Wednesday. The bad news? The White Sox are just 28-30 since the all-star break.

Outside the box: Johnson continues to make a case for a 2016 rotation spot, having not given up more than three earned runs in any of his three starts since being called up when rosters expanded in September. The right-hander gave up three runs on five hits over six innings Sept. 6 at Kansas City and one run on four hits over five innings against Minnesota on Friday. He has a 3.71 ERA over 17 major league innings after posting a 2.37 ERA over 132 2/3 innings at Triple-A Charlotte.

Off beat: Add another item to the obscure facts pile. When Olt crushed his 428-foot home run to center field in the fourth inning, he became the first player to hit a home run for both the White Sox and Cubs in the same season. Olt has exactly one home run for each club this year. He went deep for the Cubs on April 11, in his fourth game played this season.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (9-10, 3.53 ERA) to the mound Thursday in the finale of the four-game series. The A’s will counter with right-hander Sean Nolin (1-1, 3.09) in the 1:10 p.m. CT start from U.S. Cellular Field.