Indians 1, Athletics 0

It’s easy to see why Cleveland manager Terry Francona likes what

he sees from his team these days.

Thanks to stellar pitching and pushing across an unearned run,

the Indians won for the eighth time in nine games with a 1-0

victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

Zach McAllister and two relievers combined on a shutout while

Cleveland took advantage of two errors on one play, which led to

Yan Gomes’ sacrifice fly in the fifth that scored the game’s only

run.

”When you pitch you have a chance to win the game,” Francona

said. ”We didn’t do a whole lot offensively. We had a sac fly and

you hear the music playing.”

Francona made his remarks in an interview room a few feet from

the Indians’ clubhouse where music blared from a stereo system,

leading to the manager’s only minor criticism of the night.

”I’m not sure I like the words to that song that’s playing,”

he joked.

Other than that, it was another good night for the Indians, who

are two games over .500 for the first time since winning the first

two games of the season. McAllister, Rich Hill and Chris Perez

limited the highest-scoring offense in the majors to six hits and

did not allow a runner to reach second base.

McAllister (3-3) struck out four and walked one in 7 2-3

innings. The right-hander was pulled after John Jaso’s two-out

single in the eighth. Hill then retired pinch-hitter Luke Montz to

end the inning and Perez pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

McAllister, who came into the season with a 6-9 career record,

has allowed three earned runs or less in all six starts.

”He ran the game,” Francona said. ”He’s learning so fast.

When you tell him something, even in passing, he takes it into the

game. The game’s not speeding up at all. He’s executing

pitches.”

Tommy Milone (3-4), who lost a career-worst fourth straight

start, was done in by shoddy defense and no run support. The

Indians managed only five hits, but errors by first baseman Brandon

Moss and second baseman Eric Sogard on the same play led to the

only run.

The Athletics have scored a total of five runs during Milone’s

losing streak after putting up 28 in his first three outings. The

left-hander struck out five and walked none in seven innings.

Oakland, which is already playing without Coco Crisp and Chris

Young, could be missing right fielder Josh Reddick for an

indefinite period. Reddick missed Tuesday’s game with a sore right

wrist and said afterward he might require a trip to the disabled

list. He’s in a 3-for-27 slump and batting .152.

McAllister was the recipient of seven home runs in his last

start, a 14-2 win over Philadelphia. The right-hander didn’t have

that luxury this time.

”Everyone wants to have a lot of run support, but you’re going

to have games like this when the pitcher has to pick up the

hitters,” he said.

Yoenis Cespedes singled with one out in the ninth, but was

thrown out trying to steal second by Gomes. Moss struck out on a

3-2 pitch to end the game.

”It was a laser,” Perez said of Gomes’ throw. ”It was right

on the bag, right on the money.”

Oakland manager Bob Melvin had no problems with the steal

attempt.

”You’ve got to try it,” he said. ”Cespedes had to take that

chance. If I didn’t want him to go, I’d have put a red light on

him.”

The unusual fifth inning started when Carlos Santana’s ground

ball glanced off Moss’ glove and rolled to Sogard, whose throw to

Milone covering first was wild. The ball skipped past Oakland’s

dugout and rolled behind home plate. Santana ended up at second and

Moss and Sogard were charged with errors.

”As a first baseman, when a ball is hit to your right, your

instincts tell you to go for it,” Melvin said. ”Now, Brandon also

has got to know his limitations, but that’s a play you’re going to

try and make. Then, Sogey tries to make a throw to Milone and that

didn’t turn out too good.”

NOTES: OF Michael Bourn (lacerated right index finger) played

his first rehab game at Triple-A Columbus, going 1-for-3 with a

walk, two strikeouts and a stolen base Tuesday. … OF Michael

Brantley, who started 28 of the first 29 games, wasn’t in the

lineup against Milone. Drew Stubbs batted leadoff for the third

time this season and Mike Aviles started in left field. Brantley

entered the game defensively in the ninth. … Francona said a scan

of RHP Vinnie Pestano’s sore elbow came back clean. Pestano was

placed on the disabled list Monday, retroactive to May 1. … OF

Ezequiel Carrera, designated for assignment Sunday, cleared waivers

and was sent outright to Columbus. … Athletics RHP Jarrod Parker

(sore neck) will throw Wednesday and a decision will then be made

on whether he makes his next start. He was pulled after allowing

four home runs in five innings Monday because of the injury. …

LHP Brett Anderson (sprained right ankle) will join the team in

Cleveland and throw a bullpen session Wednesday. … RHP A.J.

Griffin (3-2) takes on RHP Justin Masterson (4-2) in the third game

of the series Wednesday.