Cleveland at Oakland

W: T. Ross (1-0) L: J. Masterson (0-2)
HR: CLE - None   OAK - S. Smith (1)

Athletics 5, Indians 1 wire reports

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tyson Ross was right at home with family and friends enjoying a birthday celebration and making his second start of the season. His teammates helped give him the best gift of all.

Seth Smith hit a two-run homer, helping Ross get his first win in nearly a year as the Oakland Athletics avoided a series sweep with a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

"I always seem to end up pitching on my birthday," said Ross, celebrating his 25th birthday. "This was definitely a good birthday. I'm kind of picking up where I left off before the injury last year."

He did not pitch in the majors last season after May 20 because of a strained left oblique.

"The ability is there," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He was a high pick, he has good stuff and I've seen his confidence grow since spring training. It's a mindset that says `here it comes.' That shows confidence in what he has."

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Cliff Pennington had two hits and drove in two runs for the A's, who ended a two-game slide and have won four of six. Kurt Suzuki also drove in a run.

"It was a nice day for a few of us to get going," Pennington said. "Any time you have a starting pitcher dealing like that you want to make an effort as an offense to get him the win."

Ross (1-0) allowed a run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked a career-high five and struck out four while getting his first victory since last May 14 against the Chicago White Sox.

Travis Hafner doubled in a run for the Indians, who were trying to start the season 8-1 on the road for the first time since 1910. Hafner reached base in 11 of his 14 plate appearances in the series.

"We had five leadoff walks and still couldn't do much with it," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "[Ross] kind of buckled up and made some good pitches after that and had us hitting into double plays a few times."

Justin Masterson (0-2) gave up four runs on six hits over five innings and has allowed 17 runs over his last 13 2/3 innings. He walked six and struck out three. Masterson had walked six batters in his previous three starts combined.

"He struggled a little bit with his command, especially with two outs," Acta said. "There were a couple of walks that he gave away with two outs that kind of hurt him."

Consecutive doubles from Shin-soo Choo and Hafner gave the Indians a 1-0 edge in the first.

Ross caught Jack Hannahan trying to steal third in the second, ending another possible threat.

It was all Athletics after Pennington doubled in a run in the third to tie the score. He had two hits in his previous 24 at-bats at home.

Following a walk to Kila Ka'aihue leading off the fourth, Smith hit his third home run in six career games against the Indians, a two-run shot that sailed into the right-field bleachers.

"Home runs are always nice," Smith said. It felt good to connect."

Suzuki added an RBI single in the fifth and Pennington beat out an infield single in the eighth, allowing Eric Sogard to score from second base.


The A's claimed IF Luke Hughes off waivers from Minnesota and transferred LHP Dallas Braden to the 60-day disabled list. ... Smith snapped a career-high 45-game homerless streak. ... RHP Derek Lowe (2-1, 3.50) makes his fourth start of the year for the Indians when they open a three-game series at home Tuesday against Kansas City. He is 4-5 in 23 appearances against the Royals. ... RHP Bartolo Colon (3-1, 2.36) makes the start for the A's Monday against the Chicago White Sox. Colon threw 38 straight strikes in his last outing and is working on a 15-inning scoreless streak. ... The A's played their third day game, fewest in the AL. ... Hafner reached base safely in 14 of his previous 17 plate appearances before hitting into a double play in the eighth. ... Ross became the first A's pitcher to win on his birthday since Todd Stottlemyre in 1995.

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Players of the Game

S. Smith
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

T. Ross
IP 6.2
H 4
ER 1
BB 5
K 4

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Cleveland Indians
Michael Brantley, CF4000001 .196
Jason Kipnis, 2B3010110 .232
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4110012 .250
Travis Hafner, DH2011201 .357
Jose Lopez, 1B4000003 .176
Jack Hannahan, 3B3010101 .341
Jason Donald, SS4000023 .212
Aaron Cunningham, LF3000012 .176
Lou Marson, C1000201 .111
2B - Jason Kipnis (1, Ross), Shin-Soo Choo (5, Ross), Travis Hafner (3, Ross)
RBI - Travis Hafner (8)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Hafner (2)
CS - Jack Hannahan (1, 3rd base by Ross/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 6
Cleveland Indians
Justin Masterson (L,0-2) 5644621 6.65
Rafael Perez 2100030 4.05
Nick Hagadone 1211000 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 111-61, Rafael Perez 29-18, Nick Hagadone 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 6-7, Rafael Perez 2-1
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 27, Rafael Perez 7, Nick Hagadone 5
Oakland Athletics
Jemile Weeks, 2B4100103 .197
Cliff Pennington, SS5022012 .222
Josh Reddick, RF4000101 .266
Yoenis Cespedes, CF4010012 .255
Kila Ka'aihue, DH3220101 .370
Seth Smith, LF3112112 .205
Kurt Suzuki, C4011022 .196
Daric Barton, 1B3010100 .189
Eric Sogard, 3B3110103 .167
2B - Cliff Pennington (5, Masterson), Kila Ka'aihue (2, R. Perez)
HR - Seth Smith (1, Masterson)
RBI - Cliff Pennington 2 (3), Seth Smith 2 (4), Kurt Suzuki (6)
2-OUT RBI - Cliff Pennington 2 (2), Kurt Suzuki (3)
SB - Cliff Pennington (3, 3rd base off Masterson/Marson), Josh Reddick (2, 2nd base off Masterson/Marson), Yoenis Cespedes (4, 2nd base off Masterson/Marson), Eric Sogard (1, 2nd base off Hagadone/Marson)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Weeks-Barton, Pennington-Weeks-Barton, Sogard-Pennington-Barton
E - Cliff Pennington (2, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Tyson Ross (W,1-0) 6.2411540 2.13
Jordan Norberto (H,2) 0.1000000 3.38
Ryan Cook (H,4) 1000100 0.00
Grant Balfour 1000010 0.90
Pitches-Strikes - Tyson Ross 101-58, Jordan Norberto 1-1, Ryan Cook 10-6, Grant Balfour 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyson Ross 8-6, Jordan Norberto 1-0, Ryan Cook 1-1
Batters Faced - Tyson Ross 27, Jordan Norberto 1, Ryan Cook 3, Grant Balfour 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24049
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Al Porter