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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Chris Young and Alberto Callaspo hit solo home runs in the fifth inning, powering the Oakland A's to a 7-3 victory Sunday afternoon over the Cleveland Indians at the O.co Coliseum.

Young sent left-hander Scott Kazmir's 3-2 fastball high and deep into the left-field seats with one out, breaking a 3-3 tie. Two batters later, Callaspo hit his first home run as an Athletic and sixth of the season, sending Kazmir's 0-1 fastball over the left-field fence.

The A's padded their lead with a pair of unearned runs in the eighth.

Callaspo went 3-for-4, scored twice and drove in a run, atoning for a throwing error he committed at third base that led to two unearned runs in top of the fifth. Young went 2-for-4, drove in two runs and scored once.

Dan Otero (2-0) earned the win, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of left-hander Tommy Milone. Otero, Sean Doolittle, Ryan Cook and Grant Balfour combined to blank the Indians on three hits over the final 4 1/3 innings.

Milone was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento and started in place of Bartolo Colon, who went on the disabled list with a strained left groin. Milone gave up three runs over 4 2/3 innings, but just one of those runs was earned. He allowed six hits while striking out five and walking one.

Milone made his first start for the A's since Aug. 2 when he allowed six runs on nine hits and lasted just 3 2/3 innings in an 8-3 loss to Texas. The next day he was sent down to Sacramento. Milone went 0-0 with a 1.74 ERA in two starts for the River Cats in his first minor-league stint since 2011 when he went 12-6 for Triple-A Syracuse before being called up in September by the Washington Nationals.

The A's pulled to within one-half game of first-place Texas in the A.L. West. Cleveland fell seven games behind Detroit in the A.L. Central and 4 1/2 behind Oakland in a race for the second wild-card spot. After being swept four games at Cleveland in May, the A's won this series 2-1.

Kazmir (7-6), making his first start since Aug. 9, gave up five runs and 10 hits in just five innings, striking out four and walking two. He was pitching on eight days rest after a rough outing against the Angels, when he allowed five runs and six hits in three innings. The extended rest appeared to revive his "dead" arm. His fastball often hit 94-95 mph on the radar gun, but Young and Callaspo both hit mid-90s fastballs over the fence.

The A's grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Jed Lowrie led off with a soft single to center and moved to third on Derek Norris' double to deep left center. Josh Donaldson brought Lowrie home on a ground out to shortstop. Young lined a two-out single to right, driving in Norris.

The Indians cut the lead to 2-1 in the second when Ryan Raburn hit his 15th home run of the season, tying Jason Kipnis for the team lead. Raburn, who had missed the past three games with a sore calf, crushed Milone's 3-1 fastball over the center field fence.

Oakland increased its lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the second when Lowrie hit a two-out double and scored on Donaldson's bloop single to center.

The Indians scored two unearned runs in the fifth off Milone, pulling even at 3-3. With one out, Drew Stubbs hit a ground ball to Callaspo, who threw it wide of first for a two-base error. Milone retired Nick Swisher for the second out, but Kipnis lined an RBI single to left, stole second and scored on Carlos Santana's double to left.

NOTES: A's LHP Brett Anderson (right foot stress fracture/right ankle sprain) will make his second rehab start Thursday and might be activated after that, if all goes well, A's manager Bob Melvin said. Melvin said Anderson will pitch either at home for Single-A Stockton or at Colorado Springs for Triple-A Sacramento. ... A's CF Coco Crisp (strained left wrist) was out of the starting lineup Sunday against Cleveland for the seventh straight game.
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