Athletics 3, Indians 0

After all Brett Anderson has been through, Oakland’s left-hander

wasn’t going to let a bad call ruin his night.

Anderson gave up two hits, one on a questionable call, over

seven innings and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 on

Monday night.

”His stuff was electric,” manager Bob Melvin said after

Oakland’s ninth win in 11 games.

Josh Reddick homered for the Athletics, who moved into a tie

with Baltimore for the AL wild-card lead, a half-game ahead of

Tampa Bay.

Anderson (2-0), in his second start since having Tommy John

surgery in July 2011, retired the first 13 batters until Michael

Brantley was ruled safe with an infield hit in the fifth. TV

replays showed umpire Jerry Meals missed the call.

”You have to be aware of the situation; I hadn’t allowed a

baserunner,” Anderson said. ”I can’t get too upset, but it would

have been interesting to see how it played out.”

Ryan Cook struck out two in a perfect eighth and Grant Balfour

completed the two-hitter for his 15th save and Oakland’s 13th

shutout. The Indians were blanked for the seventh time and are

scoreless in 36 of their last 39 innings.

”It was not a good matchup for us,” Indians manager Manny Acta

said. ”A guy like Anderson, a left-handed pitcher with a good

breaking ball – he overmatched our guys.”

Cleveland lost starter Roberto Hernandez (0-3) after 2 1-3

innings with a sprained right ankle and fell to 5-24 since July

27.

Acta said the injury came when Hernandez backed up home plate

earlier and is not considered serious. Acta doesn’t know if

Hernandez will miss his next start.

”He wanted to stay out there, but that’s not the right thing to

do if you can’t push off the back leg,” Acta said.

Anderson’s bid for perfection ended with one out in the fifth.

Brantley tapped a slow roller to the right of the mound that was

fielded by first baseman Chris Carter. He flipped to second baseman

Cliff Pennington, whose foot hit first base an instant before

Brantley got there, but Meals ruled safe.

”There were four people at the base at once and a cloud of

dust,” Anderson said. ”Just too many people at the same place at

the wrong time.”

Melvin briefly argued with Meals. Anderson then got Shelley

Duncan to hit into a double play.

”I had a good view of it and thought he was out,” Melvin

said.

Until then, the only thing close to a hit for Cleveland was

Jason Donald’s line drive in the gap in right-center with one out

in the fourth. Reddick made a diving, backhanded catch.

”He always makes plays,” Melvin said. ”He’s one of the best

right fielders in the game. Those plays don’t surprise us

anymore.”

Brent Lillibridge opened the sixth with a double for Cleveland’s

first legitimate hit.

”You never like to give up hits, but that put it out to where

you didn’t have to worry about the other one,” Anderson said.

Anderson and the Athletics are glad he’s back for the stretch

run, especially after right-hander Bartolo Colon was suspended 50

games for testing positive for testosterone.

”I didn’t know what to expect,” Anderson said after being

sidelined more than a year. ”I started fighting myself the last

couple innings. It was humid and I got a little tired.”

Hernandez was making his third start since being reinstated from

a three-week suspension for using the assumed name of Fausto

Carmona. It was his first start at Progressive Field since Sept.

25, but he fell to 0-5 in his last five home matchups with

Oakland.

Hernandez made 28 pitches in the first inning as Yoenis Cespedes

ran up the right-hander’s pitch count. Cespedes fouled off eight

consecutive pitches and eventually doubled on the 13th offering.

That sent Stephen Drew, who had singled with one out, to third.

Drew scored on a sacrifice fly by Seth Smith.

It took Oakland three pitches to make it 2-0 in the second.

Reddick drove an 0-2 pitch over the wall in right for his 26th

homer, breaking a 17-for-98 (.173) slide.

Carter’s RBI single made it 3-0 in the third. The hit came one

out after Chris Seddon replaced Hernandez.

NOTES: Oakland LHP Dallas Braden has had surgery to repair a

torn left rotator cuff. Braden, who pitched a perfect game in 2010,

originally had surgery on the shoulder May 17, 2011. … A’s INF

Eric Sogard, out since Aug. 7 with a strained back, sprained his

left ankle during a rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento and is

shut down. … The A’s announced that LHP Jordan Norberto, on the

DL with left shoulder tendinitis, had an injection in the shoulder

last Thursday. … Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera, in a 3-for-31

(.097) slump, got a day off. ”He’s banged up,” Acta said. ”He

looks a little tired.” … Melvin said INF Brandon Inge, out since

Aug. 12, won’t be activated just yet, though the veteran appears

recovered from a sprained right shoulder.