American League Game Summary - Oakland at Cleveland|
(Thursday, August 30th)
Final Score: Oakland 12, Cleveland 7
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - The Oakland Athletics used a home run barrage
to complete a four-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians and maintain sole
possession of the American League's top wild card spot.
Josh Reddick, Cliff Pennington, Coco Crisp and Josh Donaldson each homered to
power the surging A's to a 12-7 win Thursday afternoon at Progressive Field.
George Kottaras added a three-run double for Oakland, which has won 12 of its
last 14 games.
The A's have beaten the Indians eight straight times this year after dropping
the first two meetings.
"It was a huge win against a team we really needed to take a series from,"
Reddick said. "We had a great opportunity to move up in the standings with a
team we played well against all year. We did just that. It's one big
Jarrod Parker (9-7) earned the win despite allowing five runs on eight hits
and three walks in five-plus innings.
Shin-Soo Choo knocked in three runs for the Indians, who have lost five
straight and 14 of 15. Justin Masterson (10-12) was tagged for eight runs on
eight hits and two walks in four-plus frames.
"I thought I was making some decent pitches today at times," Masterson said.
"Then you look up and realize it's not where it's supposed to be. It's
definitely perplexing to say the least."
Cleveland scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to trim its deficit to
Evan Scribner replaced Parker after the latter gave up back-to-back hits to
begin the inning. Jack Hannahan then walked to load the bases and Scribner
issued another free pass to Jason Kipnis, who homered to lead off the first,
to force in a run.
After Asdrubal Cabrera was retired on a pop up for the second out, Choo, who
contributed a run-scoring groundout an inning earlier, plated a pair with a
single to left field. Jerry Blevins entered from the bullpen and recorded the
The A's went up by five on pinch-hitter Chris Carter's sacrifice fly in the
seventh, but Cleveland countered in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single
by Lou Marson.
Donaldson went deep in the ninth for Oakland.
Crisp tied the game at 1-1 with a two-out blast in the third, and Oakland
created some separation by putting up a five-spot in the fourth. Kottaras hit
a two-out double to right-center, clearing the bases after the A's had loaded
them up on a single and two walks. Pennington followed with a home run to
right to score two more runs.
The Indians got a run back when Ezequiel Carrera scored on a Hannahan single
in the home fourth, but Reddick clubbed a two-run shot in the next frame to
put Oakland up 8-2. The visitors tacked on two more runs in the sixth on a
Stephen Drew sac fly and RBI single by Reddick.
A's starters had walked two or fewer batters in 25 straight games, the longest
streak in Oakland history ... Masterson has allowed seven-plus runs in a game
seven times this season.
08/30 20:16:16 ET