OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Young and Alberto Callaspo homered in the fifth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 7-3 on Sunday.
Jed Lowrie, batting leadoff for only the third time this season, had two hits and scored twice for Oakland. Josh Donaldson drove in three runs as the A’s pulled within a half-game of AL West-leading Texas.
Young hit his 11th home run off Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir (7-6) to break a 3-all tie in the fifth. Three pitches later, Callaspo followed with his sixth homer and first since being acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in late July.
Ryan Raburn homered for Cleveland, which has lost six of its last seven in Oakland.
Dan Otero (2-0) retired five batters for the win in relief of starter Tommy Milone. Grant Balfour pitched the ninth for his 32nd save.
One day after being held to a season-low three hits in a 7-1 loss to the Indians, the A’s jumped on Kazmir early behind a reshuffled lineup that had Lowrie in the leadoff spot, catcher Derek Norris batting second and Donaldson third.
Lowrie singled and scored in the first, then doubled and scored in the second. Norris added two hits and reached base four times while Donaldson had a pair of RBI singles and also drove in a run on a groundout in the first.
Kazmir had a rough afternoon while pitching on eight days’ rest. The left-hander had been moved back after saying he had a “dead arm” after his previous start.
Kazmir gave up a pair of early two-out scoring hits in the first two innings. He was hit by Josh Reddick’s liner that ricocheted off him and went into right field in the third.
Ahead 5-3, Oakland got a boost when left fielder Yoenis Cespedes threw out Nick Swisher at second base in the seventh when he tried to extend a single. Center fielder Chris Young made a stellar play to rob Michael Brantley of extra bases in the eighth.
Raburn homered in the second, hitting a towering solo shot that bounced high off the wall beyond the center-field fence.
Called up from Triple-A Sacramento before the game, Milone ran into trouble in the third following Callaspo’s throwing error at third base.
NOTES: Kazmir had allowed only two home runs total over his previous nine starts. … Milone struck out five and walked one. … LHP Brett Anderson threw 49 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento and will make at least one appearance in the minors before rejoining the A’s. Oakland is also considering putting Anderson into the rotation after originally planning to use him out of the bullpen. … As they announced they would do, the A’s put RHP Bartolo Colon on the disabled list.