Indians bats silenced by Graveman;Cleveland drops series to Oakland
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kendall Graveman pitched into the seventh inning to become Oakland’s first 10-game winner this season, and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Wednesday to win the series.
The A’s took two of three games from the AL Central leaders, who had swept a three-game set from Oakland in July. Cleveland went into the day with the best record in the American League, but was held to one run for the third consecutive game while being outscored 14-3 in the series.
Khris Davis tripled and scored as part of Oakland’s five-run second inning off Trevor Bauer (9-6).
Roberto Perez homered while Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall had two hits apiece for Cleveland.
Graveman (10-8) extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings before Perez homered in the seventh.
Graveman allowed six hits in 6 2-3 innings and won for the ninth time in his last 11 decisions.
Mark Rzepczynski, Ryan Dull and Ryan Madson combined to retire the final seven batters.
Bauer gave up nine hits over 6 2-3 innings. After striking out a career-high 13 in his last start, he fanned three.
Ryon Healy, Max Muncy and Chad Pinder drove in runs during the Oakland second. Two more runs scored when first baseman Carlos Santana lost Danny Valencia’s high pop-up in the sun and was charged with an error.
Perez homered with two outs in the seventh. The ball hit off the top of the wall in right field and bounced right back into Valencia’s glove.
Umpires initially ruled it a hit, then changed it to a home run — Perez’s first of the season — after going to replay.
Athletics: SS Marcus Semien was put on the paternity list. Right-handed reliever J.B. Wendelken was called up from Triple-A Nashville.
Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin (11-7) pitches the opener in Texas on Thursday. He was roughed up for eight runs in 3 2-3 innings the last time he faced the Rangers on May 30.
Athletics: LHP Ross Detwiler (1-2) makes his third career start against St. Louis on Friday in the opener of a three-game series with the Cardinals. Detwiler has allowed 11 runs over his past 8 2-3 innings.
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