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Indians rally in ninth, split doubleheader with A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Michael Brantley gets to head home celebrating a game-winning hit instead of dwelling on a rare error.

Brantley atoned for a dropped fly ball by hitting a two-run single in the ninth inning off new Oakland closer Jim Johnson that helped the Cleveland Indians salvage a split of a day-night doubleheader with a 6-4 win over the Athletics in the nightcap Wednesday.

''It's just a never-die attitude, never quit, always picking each other up and always fighting to the end,'' Brantley said. ''What we did tonight was fun. It was special, and hopefully we'll use that momentum to keep going.''

Scott Kazmir (1-0) pitched 7 1-3 scoreless innings against his former team in his Oakland debut to help the A's win the opener 6-1. They appeared to be on their way to a sweep when they took a 4-3 lead into the ninth with help from Brantley's dropped fly ball.

But Johnson allowed back-to-back singles to Ryan Raburn and Nick Swisher to open the inning. After a one-out walk to Carlos Santana loaded the bases, Brantley grounded a single to right field to give the Indians the lead.

''Any time you can win a game it's always great, but especially in a doubleheader,'' said Mike Aviles, who homered earlier in the game. ''Last thing you want to do is get on that plane after losing two.''

David Murphy added a sacrifice fly to end Johnson's night to a chorus of boos. Johnson also allowed two runs in the ninth inning to take the loss on opening night and is 0-7 with a 7.94 ERA in 17 games against the Indians. More importantly for A's fans he has lost twice since taking over from Grant Balfour as closer.

''We should be 3-0 and I take responsibility,'' Johnson said. ''But if I sulk or pout it's not going to do anyone any good. I have to be better.''

Cody Allen (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win and John Axford got three outs for his second save.

The A's had taken the lead when Brantley dropped a fly ball in left-center that allowed Josh Donaldson to reach second and ended a club-record streak of 247 games in the outfield without an error.

''They both called it at the same time,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''Probably the most conscientious guy on the field is kicking himself. For him to get a hit like that was really great.''

Donaldson later scored on Brandon Moss' single that made it 4-3.

The teams played the earliest doubleheader in baseball history following the first rainout in Oakland since May 5, 1998, on Tuesday night. The previous earliest doubleheader came on April 7 in 1971, `74 and `96, according to STATS.

Kazmir started the day off on the right note for Oakland, allowing three hits and no walks in 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

He signed a $22 million, two-year contract in the offseason to replace All-Star Bartolo Colon in the rotation. Kazmir's importance in the rotation only grew when projected opening day starter Jarrod Parker was lost to a season-ending elbow injury and starter A.J. Griffin opened the season on the disabled list.

''You always want to make that good first impression and that's what he did,'' catcher Derek Norris said. ''If he had any type of pressure on his shoulders to do something good I think that's pretty much eliminated.''

Alberto Callaspo hit a two-run homer for the Athletics.

Corey Kluber (0-1) failed to make it out of the fourth inning and lost for the first time in 13 starts since June 27. He gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. He was hurt by a nearly five-minute replay delay in the second inning.

The disputed play came with runners on first and third and one out when Josh Donaldson hit a grounder to third. Carlos Santana threw home and umpire Mark Wegner ruled that Gomes tagged Norris before he touched home.

A's manager Bob Melvin challenged the call but the ruling stood after a review of about 4 minutes, 45 seconds, because there was no conclusive evidence to overturn it.

Kluber allowed an RBI single to Lowrie after the delay to fall behind 3-0.

''By that point it was apparent I was searching and I don't think that had anything to do with it,'' Kluber said. ''That being said, I thought it took way too long. It took away from the flow of the game and that's what they are trying to avoid.''

Notes

Brantley's previous error came on June 3, 2012, against Minnesota. ... The Indians won a replay challenge in the second game when replay showed Nick Punto missed the tag on Aviles on a steal attempt of second base. Cleveland failed to score after the challenge.

 
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New A's closer Jim Johnson (0-2) blows a two-run lead and fails to convert a save, his second bad outing in as many chances. (USATSI)
New A's closer Jim Johnson (0-2) blows a two-run lead and fails to convert a save, his second bad outing in as many chances. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Oakland

S. Fuld
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Cleveland

M. Brantley
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nyjer Morgan, CF2000110 .000
   a-Ryan Raburn, PH-LF2110001 .200
Nick Swisher, 1B5010002 .154
Jason Kipnis, DH4200113 .231
Carlos Santana, C3120200 .273
   Yan Gomes, C0000000 .167
Michael Brantley, LF-CF4013103 .364
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS3110103 .200
David Murphy, RF4011001 .250
Mike Aviles, 2B4112114 .286
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B2010000 .500
   b-Elliot Johnson, PH-3B2000011 .000
Zach McAllister, P0000000 .000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   Cody Allen, P0000000 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
Totals3569674  
a-flied out for Morgan in the 6th
b-struck out for Chisenhall in the 6th
Batting
2B - Carlos Santana (1, Lindblom)
HR - Mike Aviles (1, Lindblom)
SF - David Murphy (1)
RBI - Michael Brantley 3 (3), David Murphy (1), Mike Aviles 2 (2)
SB - Jason Kipnis 2 (2, 2nd base off Gregerson/Norris), Mike Aviles (1, 2nd base off Pomeranz/Norris)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Aviles-Swisher, A. Cabrera-Aviles-Swisher-Aviles-Swisher
E - Michael Brantley (1, Dropped fly)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach McAllister 4633440 6.75
Marc Rzepczynski 2.1000120 0.00
Bryan Shaw 0.2110100 0.00
Cody Allen (W,2-0) 1000010 0.00
John Axford (S,2) 1000010 0.00
IBB - Cespedes by Marc Rzepczynski
WP - Zach McAllister (1), Bryan Shaw (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 86-48, Marc Rzepczynski 28-18, Bryan Shaw 24-14, Cody Allen 10-8, John Axford 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 3-4, Marc Rzepczynski 3-1, Bryan Shaw 1-2, Cody Allen 1-1
Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 21, Marc Rzepczynski 7, Bryan Shaw 5, Cody Allen 3, John Axford 3
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Sam Fuld, CF4121110 .500
Josh Donaldson, 3B5100014 .143
Jed Lowrie, SS4111111 .273
Brandon Moss, DH3021100 .364
Yoenis Cespedes, LF2011201 .273
John Jaso, C2000012 .200
   a-Derek Norris, PH-C2000003 .500
Josh Reddick, RF4110022 .091
Nick Punto, 2B3000110 .000
Daric Barton, 1B4000011 .143
Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
   Drew Pomeranz, P0000000 .000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   Sean Doolittle, P0000000 .000
   Jim Johnson, P0000000 .000
   Evan Scribner, P0000000 .000
Totals3347468  
a-grounded into a double play for Jaso in the 5th
Batting
2B - Yoenis Cespedes (1, McAllister)
3B - Sam Fuld (1, McAllister)
RBI - Sam Fuld (1), Jed Lowrie (2), Brandon Moss (2), Yoenis Cespedes (2)
2-OUT RBI - Sam Fuld (1), Brandon Moss (1)
SB - Sam Fuld (1, 2nd base off McAllister/Santana)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Josh Reddick (1, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Lindblom 4.2522221 3.86
Drew Pomeranz 1000210 0.00
Luke Gregerson (BS,1) 1.1111100 3.86
Sean Doolittle (H,1) 1000010 0.00
Jim Johnson (L,0-2; BS,1) 0.2333200 45.00
Evan Scribner 0.1000000 0.00
IBB - A. Cabrera by Jim Johnson
HBP - A. Cabrera (by Josh Lindblom)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Lindblom 84-53, Drew Pomeranz 21-10, Luke Gregerson 25-14, Sean Doolittle 14-9, Jim Johnson 29-15, Evan Scribner 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Lindblom 1-11, Drew Pomeranz 1-1, Luke Gregerson 2-2, Sean Doolittle 2-0, Jim Johnson 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Lindblom 22, Drew Pomeranz 5, Luke Gregerson 6, Sean Doolittle 3, Jim Johnson 7, Evan Scribner 1
Game Information
Attendance - 12198
Game Time - 3:33
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Gabe Morales, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski