The A’s had success against Indians starter Scott Kazmir, who 10 hits and gave up five earned runs in five innings of work. Oakland set the tone with two runs in the first inning, when the first two runners — Jed Lowrie and Derek Norris — reached base and eventually came around to score on an RBI groundout by Josh Donaldson and a single by Chris Young.
Both teams traded single runs in the second, and things were relatively quiet until the fifth, when both teams traded runs once again. In the top half, two unearned runs crossed the plate after Alberto Callaspo committed a throwing error on a ground ball by Drew Stubbs. That ignited a rally of two straight RBI hits, and a double to left by Carlos Santana tied the game at 3-3.
A’s starter Tommy Milone departed after 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He also struck out five in his first start since being called up to replace Bartolo Colon in the rotation.
The A’s retook the lead in the bottom half of the fifth, thanks to two solo homers in the inning by Young and Callaspo. Both were hit to left field on a warm day at the Coliseum. They added on two insurance runs in the eighth inning, thanks to a bonehead error by first baseman Nick Swisher, who could not catch a routine throw from the shortstop.
Oakland’s defense was stellar. Yoenis Cespedes made a spectacular throw in the seventh inning, nabbing Swisher, who was trying for a double on a ball hit off the wall. Young also made a great defensive play with a leaping catch in center to end the eighth inning.
With the victory, the A’s take the series and are now back within a half game of the Rangers in the AL West.