Indians down A’s
Published 12:54 am Friday, July 31, 2015
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Carlos Carrasco threw a two-hitter, Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Thursday night.
Francisco Lindor had two hits for the Indians, who won their second straight following a six-game losing streak.
Josh Reddick doubled in a first-inning run for the A’s, who have lost six of their last seven.
Carrasco (11-8) did not allow a hit after Reddick’s double, facing one over the minimum from that point. He walked one and struck out seven. He was coming off his worst start of the season in which he allowed six runs in four innings.
Chris Bassitt (0-4) gave up three runs, his season high, on six hits. He walked one and struck out a season-best six.
The first four Indians hitters reached base against Bassitt and three scored.
Jason Kipnis singled on the game’s second pitch but slipped trying to get back to first on a pick-off throw and was caught.
Lindor followed with a single and scored on Michael Brantley’s double and fielding error on Sam Fuld. Santana then hit his 12th home run of the year.
The A’s got a run back in their half of the first when Reddick doubled home Billy Burns, who had singled.
Bassitt allowed two hits after Santana’s home run, retiring 18 of the final 21 batters he faced.
Indians: Lonnie Chisenhall was recalled from Triple-A Columbus when the Indians traded Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky. Chisenhall opened the season with Cleveland and was sent down on June 7. He’ll get a chance to play in the outfield and at first base. Chisenhall appeared in 50 games at third base. “That’s a way to have a career,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He’s understanding how to make himself valuable to a club.”
Athletics: Left-hander Sean Doolittle was encouraged by his bullpen session before the game. He said it was the best he’s felt and indicated he intended to pitch before the season ended.
Indians: Right-hander Danny Salazar (8-6, 3.72) makes the start Friday night looking to continue a solid season. He lost his last start but recorded a quality start, allowing two runs on six hits over 6 2-3 innings. He has struck out at least seven hitters in 15 of his last 21 starts.
Athletics: Right-hander Kendall Graveman (6-7, 4.13) is 0-3 with an ERA over 10 in his last three starts. He was 3-2 with a 1.26 ERA in his previous six starts.