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Hannahan hits two HRs early, gets walk-off hit in 16th

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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians are performing drama like no other team -- and is one believing it's destined for something much more.

"Maybe it is our year," reliever Frank Herrmann said.

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Jack Hannahan's single with one out in the 16th inning scored sliding pinch-runner Cord Phelps from second base and gave Cleveland a 4-3 victory against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night, moving the bend-but-don't break Indians back into second place in the AL Central.

A season of comebacks, injuries and late-inning heroics has a new chapter.

"These guys aren't giving up," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "That's good."

Jim Thome singled with one out in the 16th off Josh Outman (3-4), the A's eighth pitcher, and was replaced by Phelps. Carlos Santana lined a single to center before Hannahan, who hit two solo home runs, singled to right. Phelps never slowed as he was waved around by third-base coach Steve Smith and was able to slip headfirst under the tag of catcher Kurt Suzuki, who had to jump to catch right fielder David DeJesus' strong throw.

"It was all in slow motion," Smith said. "I sent him and then I said, 'Uh, oh.' "

The play was close, but plate umpire Bruce Dreckman ruled Phelps was safe and the A's didn't argue.

"The replays are showing he was out," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "It was impossible to see from my angle. There's nothing we can do about it now."

Suzuki was certain he got Phelps, but didn't know where the rookie was in relation to the plate.

"It was a close play, one of those things where you can't tell if he was safe," the catcher said. "I tagged him. I know that. It's too bad to lose after we battled so hard."

Hannahan was mobbed by the Indians, who won for the 17th time in their last at-bat at home, jumped Chicago in the division and stayed 5½ games behind first-place Detroit. It was Cleveland's 11th walk-off victory at home, the Indians' 13th one-run game in August and 46th this season.

It was also the longest game in Cleveland since May 7, 1995 -- when the Indians went to the World Series for the first time since 1954.

"We keep pulling out games like this," said Herrmann (4-0), who worked four perfect innings. "What a great night."

The marathon featured a Progressive Field record 34 strikeouts -- 19 by Oakland pitchers, who also combined for eight perfect innings from the seventh to 15th.

The A's threatened in the 10th, 11th and 12th, but couldn't push the go-ahead run across. They stranded six runners in the three innings, leaving the bases loaded in the 12th against Chad Durbin, who got out of the one-out jam by striking out Ryan Sweeney and retiring DeJesus on a pop to short.

Suzuki hit a home run for Oakland, which dropped its fifth straight.

The Indians didn't gain any ground on the Tigers, but for a change they did get a positive medical report.

Designated hitter Travis Hafner received some "encouraging news" about his strained foot tendon from doctors, and Acta expects the slugger to return this season. Hafner has been out since Aug. 21, when he was injured trying to stretch a single during a game in Detroit.

Acta does not have a timetable for Hafner's return, but said when the cleanup hitter does come back, he will share DH duties with Thome. Also, Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore began a rehab stint at Double-A Akron, and as long as he doesn't have any setbacks, he could rejoin the club soon.

Hannahan's second home run off starter Rich Harden, a towering shot off the foul pole in right, tied it 3-3 in the sixth.

He turned on an 0-1 pitch and drove it three-quarters of the way up the pole for the 3,000th home run at Progressive Field, which was also hosting its 1,400th game since opening in 1994.

Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, and the right-hander got stronger as the game went on. He struck out six of the last seven A's he faced, freezing Suzuki on an outside pitch to end the sixth. It wasn't a dominant performance -- he needed 114 pitches to get through six -- but he kept the Indians close enough to pull out another one.

Harden, who was frequently mentioned in trade rumors involving the Indians before the July 31 deadline, posted an almost identical line to Jimenez -- three runs and six hits in six innings with two walks and six strikeouts.

Suzuki connected for his 13th home run in the fourth, giving Oakland a 3-2 lead. The A's had tied it at 2 in the third on Brandon Allen's two-out RBI single.

Notes

  • The A's traded 1B/OF Conor Jackson to Boston with cash for minor league RHP Jason Rice minutes before the waiver deadline.
  • A's bench coach Joel Skinner has been bumming a ride to the ballpark with Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar. Skinner, who played, coached and managed the Indians, has maintained a home in the Cleveland area.
  • Oakland OF Coco Crisp got a planned night off. Melvin wanted to rest him a week ago, "but he went 4 for 4 and changed my mind."
  • Indians OF Michael Brantley underwent successful surgery on his right hand. Brantley, who is out for the season, is expected to make a full recovery.
  • The A's recalled LHP Jerry Blevins from Triple-A Sacramento for the sixth time this year.
  • Oakland LHP Gio Gonzalez (11-11) will face RHP Fausto Carmona (6-12) in a noon start Thursday. Gonzalez is 4-0 with a 0.89 ERA in five career starts against Cleveland.
 
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Jack Hannahan of the Indians is mobbed by teammates after his RBI single ends a stalemate between the two bullpens.  (Getty Images)
Jack Hannahan of the Indians is mobbed by teammates after his RBI single ends a stalemate between the two bullpens. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

J. Hannahan
AB 7
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Oakland

K. Suzuki
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jemile Weeks, 2B7020014 .296
Cliff Pennington, SS6120113 .266
Hideki Matsui, DH5010013 .259
    Coco Crisp, PR-DH2000001 .266
Josh Willingham, LF6120121 .246
Brandon Allen, 1B6021132 .255
Ryan Sweeney, CF7010027 .270
David DeJesus, RF7010016 .235
Kurt Suzuki, C5111120 .236
Scott Sizemore, 3B6001121 .240
Totals573123515  
Batting
2B - Cliff Pennington (21, Jimenez), Josh Willingham (23, Durbin)
HR - Kurt Suzuki (13, Jimenez)
SH - Kurt Suzuki (2)
RBI - Brandon Allen (15), Kurt Suzuki (37), Scott Sizemore (39)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Allen (3), Scott Sizemore (17)
SB - Jemile Weeks (20, 2nd base off Perez/Marson), Cliff Pennington (11, 3rd base off Jimenez/Marson), Coco Crisp (38, 2nd base off Smith/Marson), Brandon Allen (2, 2nd base off Jimenez/Marson)
Team LOB - 13
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rich Harden 6633262 4.55
Craig Breslow 0.2100000 4.18
Grant Balfour 1.1000020 2.01
Fautino De Los Santos 1000020 3.46
Jerry Blevins 2000030 3.47
Neil Wagner 1000010 0.00
Andrew Bailey 2000020 2.70
Josh Outman (L,3-4) 1.1411130 3.29
Pitches-Strikes - Rich Harden 93-57, Craig Breslow 8-7, Grant Balfour 22-13, Fautino De Los Santos 12-8, Jerry Blevins 24-18, Neil Wagner 16-11, Andrew Bailey 31-21, Josh Outman 31-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Harden 5-7, Craig Breslow 2-0, Grant Balfour 1-1, Fautino De Los Santos 1-0, Jerry Blevins 2-1, Neil Wagner 1-1, Andrew Bailey 3-1
Batters Faced - Rich Harden 26, Craig Breslow 3, Grant Balfour 4, Fautino De Los Santos 3, Jerry Blevins 6, Neil Wagner 3, Andrew Bailey 6, Josh Outman 9
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ezequiel Carrera, CF5110101 .270
Kosuke Fukudome, RF6011023 .274
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS5000231 .279
Jim Thome, DH7020033 .239
    Cord Phelps, PR-DH0100000 .155
Carlos Santana, 1B7010022 .241
Jack Hannahan, 3B7233020 .249
Jason Donald, 2B6020020 .286
Jerad Head, LF6000011 .091
Lou Marson, C6010042 .218
Totals554114319  
Batting
2B - Jim Thome (13, Harden), Jason Donald (4, Outman)
3B - Ezequiel Carrera (1, Harden)
HR - Jack Hannahan 2 (8, Harden, Harden)
SF - Kosuke Fukudome (2)
SH - Ezequiel Carrera (6)
RBI - Kosuke Fukudome (26), Jack Hannahan 3 (36)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Hannahan-A. Cabrera-Santana, A. Cabrera-Donald-Santana
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez 6633261 4.70
Tony Sipp 2100130 2.57
Chris Perez 1100010 2.73
Joe Smith 1100110 1.61
Chad Durbin 2300120 5.05
Frank Herrmann (W,4-0) 4000020 4.66
IBB - Allen by Chad Durbin
HBP - Weeks (by Ubaldo Jimenez)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 114-70, Tony Sipp 41-24, Chris Perez 16-10, Joe Smith 18-10, Chad Durbin 36-24, Frank Herrmann 47-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 3-8, Tony Sipp 3-0, Joe Smith 1-0, Chad Durbin 2-2, Frank Herrmann 5-5
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 26, Tony Sipp 8, Chris Perez 4, Joe Smith 4, Chad Durbin 10, Frank Herrmann 12
Game Information
Attendance - 15202
Game Time - 5:02
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Gary Darling