Indians 7, Athletics 1

Eric Gilmore, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn hit solo home runs, and right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez allowed just one run on one hit over 5 2/3 innings Saturday, as the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 7-1 at the Coliseum.
The Indians defeated the A's for the fifth time in six meetings this year and evened their three-game series at 1-1 with the finale set for Sunday.
Cleveland pounded out 11 hits, including two apiece by Swisher, Bourn, Asdrubal Cabrera, Drew Stubbs and Michael Brantley, who had a pair of doubles.
Jimenez had a no-hitter until A's third baseman Josh Donaldson lined an RBI single to center with two outs and two on in the sixth, driving in Josh Reddick and cutting Cleveland's lead to 3-1. Jimenez had hit Reddick with a pitch and walked Yoenis Cespedes before giving up his only hit of the night to the last batter he faced.
Jimenez (9-7) struck out eight, walked five and threw 103 pitches as he improved to 3-0 for his career against the A's and beat them for the second time this season. He also snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Indians' bullpen picked up where Jimenez left off, holding the A's scoreless on two hits over the final 3 1/3 innings. Left-hander Rich Hill struck out Chris Young for the final out of the sixth, and righty Bryan Shaw threw a scoreless seventh. Joe Smith blanked the A's in the eighth, despite giving up singles to Donaldson and Cespedes. Matt Albers pitched a perfect ninth.
The Indians pulled to within 3 1/2 games of Oakland for the second A.L. wild card spot. The A's fell 1 1/2 games behind first-place Texas in the A.L. West.
A's right-hander Dan Straily (6-7) extended his career-long losing streak to five games. Straily gave up three runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings, while striking out seven and walking four. In six starts since the All-Star break, Straily is 0-5, but he has received no runs of support in four of those six starts.
After scoring twice in the first inning, the Indians extended their lead to 3-0 with a run in the sixth when Brantley and Cabrera hit back-to-back doubles to right-center. Brantley's blast hit high off the wall and nearly went out.
Bourn's fifth homer of the season, a high drive down the right field line in the seventh off A's lefty Jerry Blevins, made it 4-1. The Indians added three runs in the ninth.
NOTES: A's RHP Bartolo Colon (strained left groin), who was scheduled to start Sunday against Cleveland, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list. LHP Tommy Milone was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento and will start against the Indians. "He was throwing a flat-ground yesterday and felt a little strain in his left groin, so probably the prudent thing to do is not push him too much here and give him these 15 days off and see where we go from there, but to be able to have a guy like Tommy Milone that we can call on and pitch tomorrow is quite the luxury," A's manager Bob Melvin said. ... A's CF Coco Crisp (strained left wrist) was out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight game Saturday against Cleveland, but he took batting practice and pinch hit in the eighth, popping out. He remained in the game in center field. ... Indians OF/INF Ryan Rayburn (sore calf) was out of the lineup for the third straight game Saturday but is expected to start Sunday against Oakland.

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