Cleveland (51-49) at Oakland (54-45)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Jul 26, 2005
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The Oakland Athletics are showing no signs of slowing down.

A day after taking a half-game lead in the wild-card race, the Athletics will try for their eighth straight win when they continue their series with the Cleveland Indians.

The A’s were a season-high 15 games below .500 on May 29 (17-32), but have the best record in baseball since, winning 37 of 50.

Oakland broke a tie with idle Minnesota in the wild card standings with Monday’s 13-4 win over Cleveland.

Once 12 1/2 games out of first place in the AL West, the Oakland recently jumped over struggling Texas into second place and now trails the Los Angeles Angels by just five games.

Oakland has been known for its second-half surges in recent years and certainly seems headed for another. The A’s have won 10 of 12 since the All-Star break.

In Monday’s win, Eric Chavez homered twice and drove in four runs, and Barry Zito pitched six strong innings to win his sixth start in a row.

The Indians, meanwhile, have gone in the other direction, dropping 12 of 17 since climbing a season-high 10 games above .500 on July 4.

C.C. Sabathia lost his fourth straight start Monday, allowing eight runs and eight hits over just 2 1-3 innings—his shortest outing since June 26, 2004, when he pitched one inning against Colorado.

The Indians, who came into the series winners of three of four, have struggled offensively. In 12 games since the All-Star break, the Indians have been held to three runs or fewer seven times.

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15-15 Record 12-12
4.49 ERA 3.53
119 K 116
56 BB 67
1.30 WHIP 1.22