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Jack Hannahan and the Cleveland Indians are surging.

The Oakland Athletics are enjoying their longest winning streak of the season.

Hannahan will try to continue his hot start at the plate and help the Indians win for the sixth time in seven games Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at O.co Coliseum.

Hannahan is hitting .313 with one homer and eight RBIs through nine games. The third baseman had an average of .250 last season, his highest since batting .278 in 41 games with Oakland in 2007.

He delivered the key hit Thursday, driving in two runs in the ninth inning to rally Cleveland (6-5) to a 2-1 victory at Seattle. The Indians were limited to five hits and were fanned 12 times over the previous eight innings against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.

"When you dodge a guy like Hernandez and you're able to win the ballgame, whether you beat him or not, you feel like you did something right," manager Manny Acta said.

Hannahan's success at the plate may continue against his former club. He has a .308 average in 14 career meetings with the A's, going 6 for 15 with three homers and five RBIs in the last three.

Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound for Cleveland looking to build on his first win.

Although the right-hander wasn't as sharp as he was in his season debut, he did enough to earn the win in a 13-7 victory at Kansas City on Sunday. He allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings, striking out five and walking three.

"Throwing 112 pitches in five innings is not good," said Jimenez, who has won three of his last four starts on the road despite a 5.24 ERA.

He has faced Oakland once, yielding three runs with six strikeouts in six innings of a game the Indians eventually won 4-3 in 16.

Jimenez will be facing an A's team that is batting a major league-worst .200 and ranks last in the AL with 43 runs scored.

Still, Oakland has followed a three-game slide with a winning streak of that length thanks in part to a .333 average with runners in scoring position, a difference of .155 points from its season average in that scenario.

The A's made it three wins in four games against the slumping Los Angeles Angels with a 4-2 victory Thursday.

"It builds a ton of confidence, especially after coming off a rough trip to Seattle," right fielder Josh Reddick said.

Graham Godfrey (0-2, 4.09) is scheduled to get his first start against the Indians.

The right-hander has lost all four decisions with a 3.65 ERA in five games - four starts - since getting the only win of his young career against San Francisco on June 17. His drought continued Sunday, as Godfrey gave up five runs - three earned - and six hits in five innings of a 5-3 loss at Seattle.

He has a 1.59 ERA in three career appearances - two starts - at home, but just a 1-1 record to show for it since he was backed by only four total runs.

Tagged: Indians, Athletics, Mariners, Jack Hannahan, Ubaldo Jimenez

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