(Sports Network) - A pair of teams making a push for the postseason conclude
their three-game set on Sunday as the Cleveland Indians take on the Oakland
Athletics at O.co Coliseum.
The Indians were led by Asdrubal Cabrera, Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis, who
drove in two runs apiece, as they claimed a 7-1 win in the second chapter of
the series on Saturday. The victory avenged the Tribe's 3-2 loss to the A's in
the opener on Friday.
Dan Straily had a tough outing and took the loss on Saturday for Oakland,
which went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
Josh Donaldson was responsible for two of the team's three hits and also the
only RBI. Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-3 with a walk. The Home Run Derby
champion is batting .289 over his past nine games.
"We continue to go back and forth a little bit offensively," A's manager Bob
Melvin said. "We have to grind our way through it, get a couple of games in a
row, and start feeling a little bit better about ourselves."
Tommy Milone was recalled from the Triple-A ranks to start in place of Bartolo
Colon, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.
Milone was shelled in his last MLB start, giving up six runs on nine hits in
only 3 2/3 innings against the Rangers. He has allowed one unearned run in 13
innings to split his last two starts versus Cleveland.
The Indians gave Scott Kazmir extra rest for his start on Sunday after he gave
up five runs in three innings versus the Angels on Aug. 9. The southpaw was
solid against the A's on May 9, fanning 10 batters while holding them to just
one run over six innings for a win.
"We were in a tough spot," Kazmir said of his last start. "I felt like, kind
of leading up to the fifth day, that I can go out there and gut it out, and it
just didn't work out. It was something where I just tried to battle through,
every single pitch, and just tried to get quick outs. It just didn't work."
The Indians went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position in Friday's loss
before going 4-for-11 on Saturday. Swisher is 4-for-8 with a home run, three
RBI and three runs in the series.
In the month of August, Kipnis is batting .293 but has failed to go yard.
Cabrera had gone hitless in his previous 20 plate appearances before going 2-
for-4 with his 27th double of the year on Saturday.
Oakland trails Texas in the AL West by 1 1/2 games and is the owner of the
final wild card spot.
The Indians are six games behind the first-place Tigers in the AL Central
standings. They are just 3 1/2 games back in the wild card race after winning
four of their previous five games.
After losing eight straight to the Athletics to close out last year's season
series, the Indians opened up the 2013 matchup with a four-game sweep at home
from May 6-9.
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