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Indians 6, A's 4 (second game)

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Center fielder Michael Brantley ripped a two-run single off closer Jim Johnson in a three-run ninth inning rally as the Cleveland Indians came from behind to beat the Oakland A's 6-4 and earn a split in the first-ever day-night doubleheader at the Coliseum Wednesday night.

In the first game Wednesday afternoon, left-hander Scott Kazmir pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings in his A's debut against Cleveland, leading Oakland to a 6-1 victory over his former team.

The A's scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh to take a 4-3 lead in the second game. Left-hander Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect eighth, but Johnson came on in the ninth and blew his first save opportunity with the Athletics and took his second loss.

In his A's debut on Monday night, Johnson gave up two runs in a 2-0 defeat and took the loss.

Cleveland first baseman Ryan Rayburn lined a leadoff single to right off Johnson, and first baseman Nick Swisher singled him to center. After fouling two bunt attempts, second baseman Jason Kipnis reached on a fielder's choice ground ball. The A's forced Swisher at second, but Rayburn advanced to third.

Kipnis stole second base and Johnson walked third baseman Carlos Santana, loading the bases. Then Brantley laced a two-run single to right field, scoring Raburn and Kipnis. Brantley took second on a fielding error by right fielder Josh Reddick.

Johnson intentionally walked shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, reloading the bases. Right fielder David Murphy lined a sacrifice fly to center, driving in Santana and ending Johnson's night.

Once again, Johnson left the field to a chorus of boos from angry A's fans and took the loss.

Cody Allen earned the victory in relief, and John Axford pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

The A's had taken advantage of an Indians error to take the lead in the seventh. A's third baseman Josh Donaldson sent a high fly ball to left-center off reliever Bryan Shaw. Left fielder Raburn and center fielder Brantley nearly collided, and the ball popped out of Brantley's glove for a two-base error. That ended Brantley's 247-game errorless streak, a club record for outfielders.

With two outs, designated hitter Brandon Moss brought Donaldson home with a single. Second baseman Mike Aviles fielded Moss' sharp ground ball in shallow right field and gunned a throw to first that appeared to beat Moss, but the ball popped out of Shaw's glove. Moss was awarded a single.

Right-hander Josh Lindblom made his A's debut after being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to start Wednesday night's makeup game. In his sixth career major-league start and 110th appearance, Lindblom allowed two runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings before giving way to former Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who was drafted No. 5 overall by Cleveland in 2010.

Indians right-hander Zach McAllister lasted just four innings, giving up three runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked four, struggling with his control.

Pomeranz, who came to the A's from Colorado in a December trade, walked two in his debut but allowed no hits in a scoreless inning of work. Former San Diego right-hander Luke Gregerson, another trade acquisition, followed Pomeranz and gave up a run in the seventh as the Indians pulled even at 3-3.

Kipnis walked with one out, stole second base and moved to third on Santana's sharp single to right. Kipnis raced home when Brantley grounded out softly to Donaldson.

The A's scored twice in the bottom of the second inning, taking a quick 2-0 lead.

In his first at-bat as an Athletic, center fielder Sam Fuld hit a leadoff triple to center field, launching a shot that the speedy Nyjer Morgan couldn't track down. Jed Lowrie lined a one-out single to right off McAllister, bringing Fuld home.

After Moss walked, Yoenis Cespedes stroked an opposite-field double to right, driving in Lowrie.

The Indians put two base runners on in the second inning and loaded the bases in the third, but they came up empty both times as Lindblom pitched his way out of jams.

But in the top of the fourth inning, Cabrera lined a leadoff single, and Aviles followed with a one-out home run over the left field wall, making it 2-2.

The A's answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth against McAllister, taking a 3-2 lead.

Reddick stroked a one-out single moved to second on a walk to Nick Punto then tagged up and took third after McAllister retired Daric Barton on a fly ball to center.

Fuld lined a single to center, driving in Reddick.

NOTES: The A's will open a four-game series Thursday night against Seattle at the Coliseum. RHP Jesse Chavez is scheduled to make his first start of the season, facing Mariners LHP Roenis Elias. ... After an off-day Thursday, Cleveland is scheduled to play its home opener Friday against the Minnesota Twins.
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