Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The good news – the Indians scoring drought is over. The bad news – the losses just keep coming.
The Indians offense actually scored four runs on Wednesday after back to back shutouts by the A’s, but it was not enough as Oakland topped the Indians for the third straight day 6-4.
The scoring drought covered 24 innings overall, and 29 innings against the A’s. Jason Donald broke the scoreless streak with his 2nd homer of the season in the third inning to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
The Tribe made it 2-0 when Ezequiel Carrera tripled, and then came home on a ground out by Jason Kipnis.
The A’s rallied against Indians starter Corey Kluber (0-3), as they got a single and double in between two strikeouts in the fourth to bring 3B Josh Donaldson to the plate.
Donaldson worked it to 3-2 against Kluber, and crushed a pitch over the wall in left for a huge three-run shot to give the A’s a 3-2 edge.
They scored again in the 6th when an error by Donald on a double play attempt put A’s runners on second and third with one out.
The A’s pushed it to 4-2 when catcher Derek Norris grounded out which scored Josh Reddick.
With the Indians offense back to scuffling, the A’s made it a four-run game when Kluber was pulled and they scored a pair of runs off reliever Cody Allen.
They teed off Allen as Seth Smith doubled to center, scoring Coco Crisp, and then Smith scored on a double by Chris Carter.
Kluber went 6 innings, allowing three earned runs, four overall on 8 hits. He didn’t walk a batter, striking out seven.
The Indians got it to 6-4 in the 8th when Donaldson booted a ball on a rundown, allowing the Indians to load the bases with no outs.
They got then a sac fly by Brent Lillibridge to make it 6-3, and then Casey Kotchman grounded out to second, scoring Lou Marson to make it 6-4.
Vinnie Pestano threw the ninth for the Indians, but he seemed to be in a funk as well, as he gave up two runs, with doubles to Stephen Drew doubling and scoring on a single by Yoenis Cespedes to make it 7-4.
Pestano got two outs, but gave up a double to Reddick to score Cespedes to make it 8-4.
The A’s go for the four-game sweep on Thursday at 12:05pm. Jarrod Parker goes for the A’s, the Indians will counter with Justin Masterson.