Oakland at Cleveland

W: L. DiNardo (3-4) L: F. Carmona (8-4)
HR: OAK - J. Cust (13), K. Suzuki (2), S. Stewart (6)   CLE - J. Peralta (13), F. Gutierrez (4), C. Blake (11), T. Hafner (12)

Athletics 13, Indians 7

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Oakland manager Bob Geren probably wishes he gave his ballclub a pep talk sooner.

Geren briefly spoke to his team and the Athletics responded with a 13-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night that snapped a five-game losing streak. Jack Cust hit a three-run homer and finished with a career-high five RBI, and Shannon Stewart finished with four hits.

"It was just a little positive reinforcement," Cust said of Geren's short speech. "But we came out and put together a lot of hits one night after losing a tough one. It was good to bounce back."

Stewart had a two-run drive for the A's, who finally broke out offensively. Oakland pounded Fausto Carmona (8-4) for eight runs in building a 9-0 lead in the second inning. The A's totaled 10 runs during their season-worst skid.

Franklin Gutierrez hit a three-run homer and Jhonny Peralta, Casey Blake and Travis Hafner had solo drives for Cleveland, which tried to trump its five-run ninth inning that won Tuesday night's game.

Lenny DiNardo (3-4) won for the first time in four starts, allowing two runs and five hits in five innings. The left-hander used an assortment of slow breaking pitches to hold down the Indians, who had scored 13 runs in winning the first two games of the four-game series.

"I tried the stay aggressive and pitch like the score was 0-0," DiNardo said. "I used my curve and changeup a lot. That's a tough lineup to go against."

Gutierrez hit a three-run homer in the sixth. Blake led off the seventh with his 100th career homer and Hafner connected with one out to make it 11-7.

Rookie Santiago Casilla shut out the Indians over the final two innings. The right-hander has allowed only one earned run in 15 2/3 innings since being called up from Triple-A Sacramento on June 3.

Carmona, who was 7-1 on June 7 after winning seven straight decisions, lost consecutive starts for the first time this season. The right-hander didn't get any outs in the second inning and lost for the third time in four decisions.

"He just didn't have it tonight," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "He's been great all year and he'll be great again, but it was one of those nights.

"When you get down like that, everything is pretty much out the window."

Cust continued to hammer Indians pitching, homering in the first before adding a sacrifice fly in Oakland's six-run second and singling home another run in the seventh.

"He's just a good hitter," said Geren, who downplayed the effect his talk may have had on the outcome.

"It was an outstanding offensive game for us," he said. "I don't think the meeting had much to do with it."

Carmona walked two before Cust drove a 1-2 pitch the other way into the bleachers in left-center for his 13th homer, second in two games and fifth in 19 at-bats against Cleveland.

"It just happens that I'm facing those guys when I'm hitting well," Cust said. "A lot of it is just having some confidence."

After Josh Barfield ended Oakland's first with a diving stop at second base, Carmona got right back into trouble the next inning. He yielded a two-run homer to Kurt Suzuki and long double to Travis Buck.

Stewart followed with an infield single under Blake's glove at third and Nick Swisher lined an RBI double to left-center, finishing Carmona.

Cust hit a sacrifice fly off reliever Jason Stanford, who then yielded an RBI double to Eric Chavez, and singles to Mark Ellis and Dan Johnson that made it 9-0.

"I couldn't figure him out in the minor leagues either," Stanford said. "It seems like he's Superman right now."

Peralta hit his 13th homer leading off Cleveland's second. Grady Sizemore's two-out RBI single made it 9-2.


  • Rain delayed play 29 minutes in the top of the seventh.
  • Oakland's 18 hits matched a season high.
  • Cust is hitting .409 (9-for-22) with 15 RBI against Cleveland.
  • DiNardo had allowed 11 runs in only nine innings in losing his two previous starts.
  • Chavez had hit only .138 (4-for-29) in eight games before going 3-for-4.
  • Blake took hits away from Ellis and Swisher with backhanded stops to end the third and fifth innings.
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Players of the Game

J. Cust
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

S. Stewart
AB 6
R 3
H 4
HR 1

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Shannon Stewart, LF6342001 .292
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Jack Cust, DH5125011 .273
Eric Chavez, 3B4231101 .243
Mark Ellis, 2B5010014 .275
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Kurt Suzuki, C4112122 .385
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RBI - Shannon Stewart 2 (24), Nick Swisher (42), Jack Cust 5 (34), Eric Chavez (37), Dan Johnson (27), Marco Scutaro (11), Kurt Suzuki 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jack Cust (12), Marco Scutaro (7)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Ellis-Scutaro-Johnson
Oakland Athletics
Lenny DiNardo (W,3-4) 5522331 2.47
Colby Lewis 0.2333001 9.95
Dallas Braden 1.1222012 6.86
Santiago Casilla 2100120 0.57
Pitches-Strikes - Lenny DiNardo 106-65, Colby Lewis 22-12, Dallas Braden 22-15, Santiago Casilla 34-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lenny DiNardo 9-2, Colby Lewis 1-1
Batters Faced - Lenny DiNardo 22, Colby Lewis 5, Dallas Braden 6, Santiago Casilla 8
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4011101 .281
Casey Blake, 3B4111103 .273
Victor Martinez, C5020011 .315
Travis Hafner, DH4111103 .259
Jhonny Peralta, SS5221022 .283
Ryan Garko, 1B4110002 .292
Jason Michaels, LF4120010 .303
Franklin Gutierrez, RF3113112 .273
Josh Barfield, 2B4000013 .263
2B - Jason Michaels (7, Lewis)
HR - Casey Blake (11, Braden), Travis Hafner (12, Braden), Jhonny Peralta (13, DiNardo), Franklin Gutierrez (4, Lewis)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (36), Casey Blake (39), Travis Hafner (51), Jhonny Peralta (45), Franklin Gutierrez 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Grady Sizemore (20)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Peralta-Barfield-Garko
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona (L,8-4) 1788212 3.92
Jason Stanford 5.2933320 4.91
Edward Mujica 2.1222021 5.68
WP - Fausto Carmona (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 44-28, Jason Stanford 94-59, Edward Mujica 27-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 1-1, Jason Stanford 8-6, Edward Mujica 2-3
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 12, Jason Stanford 28, Edward Mujica 9
Game Information
Attendance - 18614
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Paul Nauert