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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jarrod Parker didn't argue when Oakland manager Bob Melvin took him out of the game after eight scoreless innings.

Given the way he's pitched the past month, the rookie right-hander saw no point in it.

Parker and Ryan Cook combined on a seven-hit shutout, and the A's beat the Cleveland Indians 7-0 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

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"It's Bob's job and I trust in every decision that he makes," Parker said. "He has my future in mind and the best interests for the team, and in a 7-0 game, it's no reason to really push it."

Parker (8-7), possibly pitching to keep his spot in the rotation following three consecutive losses, gave up six hits, struck out two and walked one. He retired 16 of his final 18 batters and didn't allow a run despite pitching with runners in scoring position most of the afternoon.

The Indians put two runners on in the second, third and sixth but Parker worked out of trouble each time.

That's significant because two other Oakland starters, Brett Anderson and A.J. Griffin, are set to come off the disabled list soon to rejoin the rotation. Anderson could be activated as early as Monday.

Melvin hasn't said which of the A's current starters will be pushed out, though it's reasonable to assume Parker was and still may among those being considered.

He had lost three straight games, was winless since July 21 and had gone past the sixth only twice in his previous six starts before pairing with Cook for Oakland's 11th shutout this season.

"I was able to throw a lot two-seamers down in the zone, in and out," Parker said. "I just wanted to compress the damage and just try to slow it down and relax and make a couple of pitches when I needed to."

Leadoff hitter Coco Crisp homered and drove in five runs for Oakland while Brandon Moss added a solo shot and Cliff Pennington scored three times.

The A's won their fourth in a row and moved 10 games over .500, matching their high mark of the season.

Shin-Soo Choo singled twice for the Indians, who have lost five straight on their nine-game road trip.

"We were completely outplayed by these guys, especially outpitched, the whole series," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "We have struggled in areas that are not conducive to winning games and it's shown."

Cleveland was shut out for the sixth time this season. It was so bad for the Indians that Casey Kotchman got thrown out rounding first base after his high popup fell between a pair of Oakland infielders for a single.

The A's didn't have any such problems against starter Justin Masterson (9-11).

Oakland scored in four consecutive innings off the Cleveland right-hander, with Crisp doing the most damage. He had had RBI singles in the third and sixth, sandwiched around his three-run homer in the fifth.

Masterson, who had a 1.38 ERA over his previous two starts, allowed nine hits and struck out five while losing to the A's for the second time this season.

The Indians haven't had a winning road trip since taking two of three from the White Sox in early May. They fell to 1-5 on their current trip heading into a three-game series in Seattle beginning Monday.

Notes

Griffin threw a second straight bullpen session without pain and could come off the disabled list Monday. ... RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (9-12) will take a second try at earning his 10th victory for Cleveland in Monday's series opener against Seattle. Jimenez has won at least 10 games in each of the previous four years. ... Oakland RHP Brandon McCarthy, coming off his first loss since April, pitches for the A's in Minnesota. McCarthy (6-4) is unbeaten in four career starts against the Twins.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

C. Crisp
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Oakland

J. Parker
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 1
K 2
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ezequiel Carrera, LF4010000 .341
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4000001 .282
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4020011 .286
Carlos Santana, DH4010002 .238
Michael Brantley, CF4010003 .294
Casey Kotchman, 1B4020001 .230
Brent Lillibridge, 2B3000122 .195
Jack Hannahan, 3B3000002 .222
Lou Marson, C3000002 .236
Totals3307013  
Batting
SB - Ezequiel Carrera (3, 2nd base off Parker/Norris)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Lillibridge-Kotchman
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Masterson (L,9-11) 5.2977152 4.73
Esmil Rogers 1.1300110 4.88
Chris Perez 1000010 3.63
HBP - Pennington (by Justin Masterson)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 101-63, Esmil Rogers 36-22, Chris Perez 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 8-3, Esmil Rogers 2-1
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 27, Esmil Rogers 8, Chris Perez 3
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF5135000 .252
Josh Donaldson, 3B5010001 .205
Josh Reddick, RF4000013 .251
Yoenis Cespedes, DH3010100 .307
Chris Carter, 1B4020021 .281
Brandon Moss, LF4121013 .239
Derek Norris, C3000122 .197
Cliff Pennington, SS3310003 .198
Jemile Weeks, 2B3221010 .222
Totals34712727  
Batting
2B - Josh Donaldson (7, Rogers), Yoenis Cespedes (17, Masterson), Chris Carter (8, Rogers), Jemile Weeks (14, Masterson)
HR - Coco Crisp (7, Masterson), Brandon Moss (13, Masterson)
SH - Jemile Weeks (9)
RBI - Coco Crisp 5 (35), Brandon Moss (26), Jemile Weeks (20)
2-OUT RBI - Coco Crisp (16), Brandon Moss (8), Jemile Weeks (9)
Team LOB - 7
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarrod Parker (W,8-7) 8600120 3.48
Ryan Cook 1100010 2.63
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Parker 93-64, Ryan Cook 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Parker 13-9, Ryan Cook 1-0
Batters Faced - Jarrod Parker 31, Ryan Cook 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20130
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Sam Holbrook