Indians Rally Again to Beat Oakland, Winning Streak Hits Seven
Indians move within 5 1/2 games of first-place Detroit
David Huff allowed just three hits over six shutout innings and Cleveland held off Oakland to capture a 2-1 win on Monday.
Following five scoreless frames, the Indians ended the string of zeros with a run in the sixth. With two down, Ezequiel Carrera singled to keep the inning alive. Then, recently acquired Kosuke Fukudome delivered a double to right to break the ice.
The Indians (66-65) increased their lead to 2-0 in the seventh, as Carlos Santana hit his 20th homer of the season.
Oakland (60-74) avoided the shutout in the eighth. Scott Sizemore started the inning with a double off reliever Joe Smith and proceeded to steal third. Jemile Weeks greeted Indians' reliever Tony Sipp with a run-scoring double to left.
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However, the Athletics would not get any closer, as Chris Perez came on to work a hitless ninth to notch his 30th save.
Fukudome and Santana had two hits each, as they combined for four of Cleveland's five hits.
Weeks, who had two hits, was the only player with a multi-hit game for Oakland.
Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy was the tough luck loser, as he struck out ten while walking just one in eight innings of work. McCarthy, who dropped to 7-7, allowed two runs on five hits.
By: Thomas "Bubba" Rosenbaum
MLBCenter.com Staff Writer
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