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CLEVELAND -- It's easy to see why Cleveland manager Terry Francona likes what he sees from his team these days.
Thanks to stellar pitching and pushing across an unearned run, the Indians won for the eighth time in nine games with a 1-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
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"When you pitch you have a chance to win the game," Francona said. "We didn't do a whole lot offensively. We had a sac fly and you hear the music playing."
Francona made his remarks in an interview room a few feet from the Indians' clubhouse where music blared from a stereo system, leading to the manager's only minor criticism of the night.
"I'm not sure I like the words to that song that's playing," he joked.
Other than that, it was another good night for the Indians, who are two games over .500 for the first time since winning the first two games of the season. McAllister, Rich Hill and Chris Perez limited the highest-scoring offense in the majors to six hits and did not allow a runner to reach second base.
McAllister (3-3) struck out four and walked one in 7 2-3 innings. The right-hander was pulled after John Jaso's two-out single in the eighth. Hill then retired pinch-hitter Luke Montz to end the inning and Perez pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
McAllister, who came into the season with a 6-9 career record, has allowed three earned runs or less in all six starts.
"He ran the game," Francona said. "He's learning so fast. When you tell him something, even in passing, he takes it into the game. The game's not speeding up at all. He's executing pitches."
Tommy Milone (3-4), who lost a career-worst fourth straight start, was done in by shoddy defense and no run support. The Indians managed only five hits, but errors by first baseman Brandon Moss and second baseman Eric Sogard on the same play led to the only run.
The Athletics have scored a total of five runs during Milone's losing streak after putting up 28 in his first three outings. The left-hander struck out five and walked none in seven innings.
Oakland, which is already playing without Coco Crisp and Chris Young, could be missing right fielder Josh Reddick for an indefinite period. Reddick missed Tuesday's game with a sore right wrist and said afterward he might require a trip to the disabled list. He's in a 3-for-27 slump and batting .152.
McAllister was the recipient of seven home runs in his last start, a 14-2 win over Philadelphia. The right-hander didn't have that luxury this time.
"Everyone wants to have a lot of run support, but you're going to have games like this when the pitcher has to pick up the hitters," he said.
Yoenis Cespedes singled with one out in the ninth, but was thrown out trying to steal second by Gomes. Moss struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the game.
"It was a laser," Perez said of Gomes' throw. "It was right on the bag, right on the money."
Oakland manager Bob Melvin had no problems with the steal attempt.
"You've got to try it," he said. "Cespedes had to take that chance. If I didn't want him to go, I'd have put a red light on him."
The unusual fifth inning started when Carlos Santana's ground ball glanced off Moss' glove and rolled to Sogard, whose throw to Milone covering first was wild. The ball skipped past Oakland's dugout and rolled behind home plate. Santana ended up at second and Moss and Sogard were charged with errors.
"As a first baseman, when a ball is hit to your right, your instincts tell you to go for it," Melvin said. "Now, Brandon also has got to know his limitations, but that's a play you're going to try and make. Then, Sogey tries to make a throw to Milone and that didn't turn out too good."
|Zach McAllister (four strikeouts) and two relievers combine for a shutout against the A's. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|John Jaso, DH||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.270|
|Seth Smith, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.271|
|a- Luke Montz, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.214|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.303|
|Yoenis Cespedes, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.244|
|Brandon Moss, 1B-RF||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.287|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.303|
|Derek Norris, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Eric Sogard, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.231|
|Michael Taylor, RF-LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|a-grounded out for Smith in the 8th|
|CS - Yoenis Cespedes (3, 2nd base by Perez/Gomes)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Brandon Moss (3, Misplayed grounder), Eric Sogard (2, Throwing)|
|Tommy Milone (L,3-4)||7||5||1||0||0||5||0||3.13|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Milone 109-67, Pat Neshek 9-7, Jerry Blevins 3-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Milone 6-10|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Milone 26, Pat Neshek 2, Jerry Blevins 1|
|Drew Stubbs, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.252|
|Jason Kipnis, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.229|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.226|
|Nick Swisher, DH||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.255|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.291|
|Carlos Santana, 1B||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||.355|
|Ryan Raburn, RF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.343|
|Mike Aviles, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.283|
|Michael Brantley, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.289|
|Yan Gomes, C||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||.212|
|2B - Jason Kipnis (4, Milone), Ryan Raburn (6, Milone)|
|SF - Yan Gomes (1)|
|RBI - Yan Gomes (4)|
|SB - Mike Aviles (1, 2nd base off Milone/Norris)|
|CS - Jason Kipnis (3, 3rd base by Milone/Norris)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Kipnis-A. Cabrera-Santana|
|Zach McAllister (W,3-3)||7.2||5||0||0||1||4||0||2.63|
|Rich Hill (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.70|
|Chris Perez (S,4)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.82|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 111-74, Rich Hill 3-1, Chris Perez 15-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 7-11, Rich Hill 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 28, Rich Hill 1, Chris Perez 3|
|Attendance - 9474|
|Game Time - 2:28|
|Temperature - 58|
|Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Angel Hernandez|