Box Score: Athletics 6, Indians 4

A fourth-inning grand slam off the bat of Shelley Duncan gave the Tribe a 4-0 lead in this installment of West Coast baseball. However, Tribe starter Zach McAllister gave that four-run cushion back over the span of two innings, and Vinnie Pestano allowed a pair of Joe Smith’s runners to cross the plate and break the tie in the eighth as the Athletics took the opener 6-4. The Tribe is now 54-65, 11.5 games out and perilously close to slipping past Kansas City and into fourth place. On Saturday night, Corey Kluber squares off with former Indian Bartolo Colon.


Scoring Summary
Top 4th: Cleveland
– S. Duncan homered to deep left, C. Santana, M. Brantley and J. Donald scored
Bot 4th: Oakland
– J. Donaldson doubled to left, C. Carter scored, B. Moss to third
– D. Norris grounded out to third, B. Moss scored
– C. Pennington singled to shallow right, J. Donaldson scored
Bot 5th: Oakland
– C. Carter hit sacrifice fly to center, Y. Cespedes scored
Bot 8th: Oakland
– J. Donaldson singled, A. Rosales scored, B. Moss to third, J. Reddick to second
– C. Pennington hit sacrifice fly to right, B. Moss scored, J. Reddick to third, J. Donaldson to second
J. Kipnis 2b400000200.256
A. Cabrera ss402000000.282
S. Choo rf300000101.282
C. Santana 1b311001001.237
M. Brantley cf411000202.290
J. Donald lf411000202.227
    E. Carrera lf000000000.389
S. Duncan dh411410201.210
B. Lillibridge 3b300000101.194
    C. Kotchman ph100000000.226
L. Marson c300000100.241
    J. Hannahan ph100000000.228
2B – A Cabrera (28, T Milone).
HR – S Duncan (11, 4th inning off T Milone 3 on, 0 Out).
RBI – S Duncan 4 (31).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – C Santana 1, J Donald 1.
Team LOB – 5.
C. Crisp cf500000203.246
J. Weeks 2b400000000.219
Y. Cespedes lf412000110.304
C. Carter 1b211101001.272
    A. Rosales pr-1b010000000.208
B. Moss rf321001100.232
J. Gomes dh300000202.252
    J. Reddick ph-dh101000000.253
J. Donaldson 3b414200000.196
D. Norris c401100205.202
C. Pennington ss301200113.199
2B – Y Cespedes (16, Z McAllister); J Donaldson (6, Z McAllister).
SF – C Carter, C Pennington.
RBI – C Carter (23), J Donaldson 2 (10), D Norris (20), C Pennington 2 (18).
2-out RBI – C Pennington.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – C Crisp 3, C Pennington 1.
Team LOB – 7.
 Base Running
SB – Y Cespedes (11, 3rd base off Z McAllister/L Marson), C Pennington (12, 2nd base off Z McAllister/L Marson).
E – Y Cespedes (3, field).
Z. McAllister6.08441601.243.64
T. Sipp0.20000101.244.69
J. Smith (L, 7-3)0.11221101.193.33
V. Pestano1.02000100.961.53
T. Milone5.06431611.223.96
P. Neshek1.10000200.601.35
J. Norberto (W, 4-1)1.20000201.132.77
G. Balfour (S, 10)1.00000100.962.57
HBP – S Choo (by J Norberto).
Pitches-strikes – Z McAllister 91-63; T Sipp 7-6; J Smith 18-10; V Pestano 26-15; T Milone 95-60; P Neshek 16-12; J Norberto 28-18; G Balfour 14-9.
Ground balls-fly balls – Z McAllister 10-4; T Sipp 0-0; J Smith 0-0; V Pestano 0-0; T Milone 6-6; P Neshek 1-1; J Norberto 0-3; G Balfour 1-1.
Batters faced – Z McAllister 27; T Sipp 2; J Smith 3; V Pestano 5; T Milone 23; P Neshek 4; J Norberto 6; G Balfour 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Joe West. 1B–Sam Holbrook. 2B–Andy Fletcher. 3B–Rob Drake.
Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, out to right.