Athletics 6, Indians 3

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OAKLAND, Calif. - John Halama held Cleveland hitless until the seventh inning and Erubiel Durazo hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Indians 6-3 Saturday.

Brandon Phillips singled with one out in the seventh for the Indians’ first hit. Halama carried a no-hit bid deeper than any major league pitcher has yet this season.

Halama, however, did not get the decision. He was gone by the time the A’s scored the go-ahead in the seventh off Terry Mulholland (0-1).

Scott Hatteberg singled and went to third when catcher Tim Laker threw the ball away at second on Miguel Tejada’s tapper. Reliever Carl Sadler struck out Eric Chavez, then gave up Durazo’s sacrifice fly.

Chad Bradford (2-2) got the win with 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven opportunities.

Halama, who threw the first nine-inning perfect game in Pacific Coast League history in 2001, used 97 pitches to get through the first 6 1-3 innings. He struck out four and recorded 10 outs on grounders.

He left the game to a standing ovation after giving up consecutive hits in the seventh.

Halama’s previous longest outing of the season came when he went 5 2-3 innings in a victory over the Anaheim Angels (news) on April 5.

The A’s broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of runs in the sixth. Eric Byrnes singled home one run and Chris Singleton, who had three hits, followed with an RBI double.

Halama walked John McDonald to lead off the third. The Indians scored an unearned run when Karim Garcia’s grounder to first base was mishandled by Hatteberg.

The A’s tied it in the fifth when Singleton doubled and Mark Ellis singled him home.

The Indians scored twice in the seventh to make it 3-all. Both runs scored on pinch-hitter Bill Selby’s misplayed grounder to first.

Hatteberg field the ball cleanly, but Bradford dropped the throw while covering first base.

Ellis and Tejada both singled home runs in the eighth.

Notes: Phillips was back in the lineup after missing two games with a bruised right hand. … A’s OF Jermaine Dye was placed on the 15-day DL with torn cartilage in his right knee. OF Jason Grabowski was recalled from Sacramento of the PCL to replace Dye. … Indians OF Milton Bradley was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. OF Jody Gerut was recalled from Buffalo of the IL to take Bradley’s spot and made his major league debut. … Cleveland RHP Jason Bere was scheduled to pitch a simulated game before Sunday’s game and will probably be sent on a rehab assignment soon after.

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