Oakland Athletics starter Dan Straily struggled against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday at Goodyear Ballpark. But the rest of the A’s pitchers picked him up and the offense erupted for 13 runs over the final five innings as a 13-3 rout.
Straily allowed three runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in four inning, pushing his spring ERA to 4.73.
But Drew Pomeranz (1-1) threw three shutout innings, allowing a hit and fanning three, and Fernando Abad and Jose Flores each tossed a scoreless frame to hold Cleveland (15-5) in check over the final five innings.
That was when the offense started to kick into gear for Oakland (11-8).
Down 3-0 heading into the fifth, the A’s got to Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco quickly. Sam Fuld walked, went to third on Daric Barton’s double and after a strikeout, Fuld came home on a groundout by Brandon Moss. Yoenis Cespedes followed by lining a single to left to bring the A’s to within 3-2.
Oakland wasn’t done, not even close.
Jake Elmore reached when Lonnie Chisenhall’s throw from third base was off line and Eric Sogard lined a single to left. Fuld smacked a single to right to load the bases and the A’s tied the game on Barton’s groundout to first.
Pinch-hitter John Jason came on after a fly out and singled to center to bring home Sogard and Fuld and give Oakland its first lead at 5-3.
Nate Freiman had an RBI single in the seventh and Tyler Ladendorf laced a two-run single to push the A’s lead to 8-3. Freiman cracked a three-run homer in the eighth off Shawn Armstrong and the A’s closed the scoring in the ninth with RBI singles by Chris Gimenez and Michael Taylor.
The A’s banged out 18 hits on the day, with Fuld, Ladendorf, Billy Burns and Freiman each collecting two. Burns stole his ninth base of the spring for Oakland, as well.
The A’s have a scheduled off day on Thursday before heading to Scottsdale Stadium to take on the San Francisco Giants on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Pacific.