CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians offense has been pounding out a number of wins in this latest streak, but it was the arm of Zach McAllister and the pen that won Tuesday night’s 1-0 decision.
McAllister moves to 3-3 with the win, but now is 3-1 at Progressive Field, and as a whole drops his ERA on the season to 2.63 from 3.30.
He kept the A’s at bay all night, mixing his pitching and being aggressive. He also got ahead in the count, only walking one batter.
Overall he went 7.2, giving up five hits, a walk and four strikeouts. The A’s never put a baserunner past first all night.
“It’s exciting, everyone wants to go out and pitch better than the guy in front of him,” McAllister said. “Ubaldo threw well the other day, and I was able to back him up tonight.”
Rich Hill threw a third in the eighth after A’s leadoff man John Jaso hit a two-out single. Hill got Seth Smith to ground out to Asdrubal Cabrera to end the inning.
Chris Perez finally got to pitch in a save situation, and got it with a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.
Perez says he’s not worried about the fact he’s not gotten a lot of shots for saves yet in 2013.
“There’s nothing I can do about that, we’re playing good ball,” Perez said. “Most teams would kill to have our offense, so I can’t sit here and complain about them adding on runs.”
Yan Gomes helped the cause in the 9th, throwing out Yoenis Cespedes at second after he singled to center with out one out in the inning.
The win puts the Indians at two games over .500 at 16-14, they have won eight of their last nine games dating back to the loss in game one of their Sunday April 28th doubleheader in Kansas City.
The only run of the game for the Indians came back in the 5th, when Carlos Santana reached on two errors on the same play.
Oakland first basemen Brandon Moss and second basemen Eric Sogard each earned an error that allowed Santana to reach second.
He went to third on a base hit by Mike Aviles, and then Gomes, hitting in the nine hole, hit a long sac fly to center to score Santana.
Till then Oakland lefty pitcher Tommy Milone went pitch for pitch with McAllister, and he was also very good, going seven innings, allowing five hits with five K’s.
McAllister made the only run of the game stand with his best night as an Indian, never giving in and helping the Indians earn their 5th shutout as a staff this season.
It’s also the second shutout of the homestand, the first coming vs the Phillies six days ago when they topped Philadelphia 6-0.
Wednesday at 7:05pm the same two teams do battle in game three of their four-game set.
The Indians will throw out Justin Masterson (4-2, 3.64) against A.J. Griffin (3-2, 3.79) for the A’s.