A’s continue to roll, win their fifth in a row

Photo credit: @Athletics

By Jerry Feitelberg

The A’s beat the Indians at Progressive Field Tuesday night by a score of 5-3. With the win, the A’s improved their record to 24-25 and are just one game below the .500 mark.

Chris Bassitt started for Oakland. He had control issues as he walked six hitters in just 3 2/3 innings of work. Trevor Bauer went for Cleveland and he, too, had problems with control. He walked six in six innings of work. He allowed four hits and four runs.

The Indians drew first blood in the bottom of the first. The Indians’ All-Star shortstop, Francisco Lindor, led off with a solo home run to right center field. The A’s tied the score in the top of the second. With one out, Bauer walked Stephen Piscotty. Bauer then hit Jurickson Profar with a pitch to put men on at first and second. Bauer retired Robbie Grossman for the second out. Bauer then walked Ramon Laureano to load the bases. Bauer’s control issues continued as he walked Josh Phegley. Piscotty scored, and the A’s tied the game without the benefit of a hit.

The A’s scored two in the top of the third. With one out, Matt Olson singled to right field. Mark Canha, pinch-hitting for A’s DH Khris Davis, hit an opposite-field home run to put the A’s up 3-1. Davis, who was injured catching a ball in foul territory when the A’s were in Pittsburgh, started the game but was still feeling the effects of the injury. It was Canha’a third career pinch-hit homer.

The Indians got a run back in their half of the third. With one out, Carlos Santana hit his eighth of the year. The A’s still led 3-2.

The A’s increased their advantage to 4-2 in the fourth on the strength of back to back doubles by Marcus Semien and Matt Chapman. The Indians scored a run in the bottom of the inning.  With one out, Bassitt walked Leonys Martin. Left-fielder Oscar Mercado doubled to left-center to drive in Martin with the Indians’ third run. Bassitt walked the next hitter, and that brought out A’s manager Bob Melvin. Melvin removed Bassitt from the game and replaced him with Liam Hendriks. Hendriks got the last out of the inning.

The A’s bullpen held the innings scoreless and allowed just one hit the rest of the way. The A’s added an insurance run in the eighth when Profar slammed his seventh of the year to put Oakland up 5-3.

Game Notes: Stephen Piscotty reached base for the 21st game in a row. The A’s Liam Hendriks pitched two innings and allowed one hit.  Hendriks was credited with the win, and he is now 2-0 for the year. Ryan Buchter, Joakim Soria, and Blake Treinen all pitched for the A’s. Treinen earned his ninth save of the season.

The Indians’ Trevor Bauer saw his record drop to 4-3. He went six innings and allowed four hits, four runs, and six walks.

Up Next: The A’s meet the Indians in the finale of the three-game set Wednesday. Frankie Montas (5-2, 2.67 ERA) goes for the A’s. Montas went 8 2/3 innings in his last outing against the Detroit Tigers. Montas struck out 10 in that game. He will be opposed by Jefry Rodriguez (1-3, 3.45 ERA). Game time will be at 10 am.

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