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There are few things going the Oakland Athletics' way on the road recently, and now they can scratch off video review from that list.

After a controversial decision doomed them to another road defeat, the A's will try to salvage a win from this four-game set with the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Oakland (18-17) has dropped nine of 12 on the road, hitting .221 while the rotation has been charged with all of those defeats thanks to a 4.82 ERA.

Those struggles away from home include losing the first three games of this series with a .204 average and six total runs.

The A's certainly felt they deserved a better fate than a 4-3 loss Wednesday.

Adam Rosales hit an apparent game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning off closer Chris Perez, but it was ruled a double, even after a video review. Replays showed the ball clearing the wall and hitting a railing in left-center before caroming back onto the field, but the umpires ruled there wasn't enough evidence to overturn the initial call.

"Everybody else said it was a home run, including their announcers when I came in here later," manager Bob Melvin said. "I don't get it. I don't know what the explanation would be when everybody else in the ballpark knew it was a home run.

"Clearly, it hit the railing. I'm at a loss, I'm at a complete loss."

Now, Oakland will try to avoid losing four in a row for the third time this season, as Bartolo Colon (3-1, 3.62 ERA) takes the mound.

The right-hander allowed three runs and six hits - two homers - in 5 1-3 innings of a 4-2 defeat at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. It was the first time Oakland lost in his six starts this year.

"He didn't pitch bad," Melvin told the team's official website. "He gave up two home runs and a bloop hit. Most days that will keep you in the game and give you a chance to win."

Colon has won his last two starts against the Indians, yielding one run in 14 2-3 innings. He's made only three appearances in Cleveland since being traded from the Indians to the Montreal Expos in June 2002, going 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA in those starts, winning the most recent with the Los Angeles Angels on May 18, 2005.

Wednesday's win was the ninth in 10 games for the Indians (17-14), who are batting .331 with 20 homers and averaging 7.2 runs in those victories.

Michael Brantley has been at the forefront of that offense, hitting .366 during that stretch. He is 4 for 9 with an RBI in this series.

Scott Kazmir (1-1, 6.28) starts for Cleveland seeking back-to-back wins for the first time since a four-game streak with the Angels from June 2-18, 2010.

The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits in six innings of Saturday's 7-3 win over Minnesota in his first victory since Sept. 19, 2010.

Kazmir is trying to revive a once-promising career that was in serious danger after a series of injuries limited him to one game in 2011, before spending all of last year with the Sugar Land Skeeters.

"This dude was pitching independent ball last year," first baseman Nick Swisher said. "For him to be where he is now, he's got a lot left in the tank. I'm glad he's on our side."

Kazmir has lost his last two starts versus the A's in 2010, surrendering 15 runs with nine walks and three hit batters in 10 2-3 innings.

Tagged: Indians, Athletics, Scott Kazmir

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