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A’s Hold On For Win Over Indians

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OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 16: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at O.co Coliseum on August 16, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 16: Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics hits a two run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at O.co Coliseum on August 16, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer in the first, Eric Sogard put Oakland ahead on a seventh-inning double and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 on Friday night.

Former A’s fan favorite Nick Swisher tied the game at 2 in the seventh with an RBI single, and winner Sean Doolittle (4-4) walked the bases loaded before getting out of it with only the one run. Swisher, booed at every chance, grounded out with runners on first and second to end the eighth.

Grant Balfour pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 32 chances, allowing a one-out walk to Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley’s single before Asdrubal Cabrera lined into a game-ending double play as the A’s held on to win for the first time in five tries this year against the Indians.

Cleveland All-Star Justin Masterson (13-9) lost consecutive decisions for just the second time this season. He allowed three runs on seven hits in 7 2-3 innings after coming off his shortest outing of the year, 4 1-3 innings in which he allowed five runs and seven hits against the Angels.

The lefty is still looking for his first victory in the Oakland Coliseum. He dropped to 0-5 with a 7.71 ERA in six appearances and five starts.

A’s starter A.J. Griffin escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth but his pitch count climbed in a hurry and he was done after five innings. The right-hander’s winless stretch reached three starts since getting victories in four of his previous five outings.

The A’s held on in their home ballpark after being swept in a four-game series in Cleveland from May 6-9, being outscored 21-8. In the third game of the series, Adam Rosales was denied a ninth-inning home run and given a double by the umpires in a 4-3 A’s loss — even after going to replay. Major League Baseball the next day said the umpires made an “improper call,” but executive vice president Joe Torre said the “judgment” decision is final.

Griffin and Masterson matched up in that one, too.

On Friday, the Indians got on the board in the third on Carlos Santana’s single to right. Gold Glove right fielder Josh Reddick wildly overthrew third baseman Josh Donaldson trying to get Swisher. The ball hit the facing of the Oakland dugout and bounced back onto the field, where Donaldson grabbed it and threw home not knowing the play was dead and Swisher would score. Meanwhile, Griffin went sliding into the dirt on his knees apparently thinking he could stop the ball from reaching the dugout.

Reddick made a nice reaching catch at the warning track on a hard hit ball by Michael Bourn in the fifth to rob him of an extra-base hit, then Cespedes chased down a drive by Brantley for the third out of the inning as the Indians left the bases loaded.

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