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A's overcome Kazmir's ejection to knock off Indians

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Scott Kazmir ended up missing a good game.

Kazmir's teammates overcame his ejection in the second inning by home plate umpire Jerry Layne and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Saturday night.

Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, Josh Donaldson also had three RBIs and Oakland's bullpen allowed one run in 7 2-3 innings to help seal the Athletics' eighth win in nine games.

Dan Otero (4-0) relieved Kazmir and pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings.

Kazmir revived his career last season with the Indians, going 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts. He signed a two-year, $22 million contract with Oakland in the offseason.

"It's very frustrating," he said. "I was really looking forward to this start and this is probably the best I've felt going out there."

The Indians had already scored a run on a wild pitch when Kazmir walked Jesus Aguilar on a borderline full-count pitch with one out. The walk was the third Kazmir allowed and he was clearly unhappy with Layne's strike zone. Kazmir protested and Layne quickly ejected him.

"I don't really know how to start," Kazmir said. "It ended up a pitch I thought was a strike, he didn't agree with it and before I knew it I was out of the game. It didn't even register I was out of the game. I went to the back of the mound and tried to regroup and I was like, I can't even pitch any more, it's over."

"He was gesturing and arguing balls and strikes," Layne told a pool reporter. "That's automatic ejection. When I warned him, he didn't take any knowledge of that, and that's it. Bottom line, it was just pure balls and strikes."

Kazmir said there was little time between the warning and the ejection.

"I think the warning was in mid-breath, like, warning and then `You're out of here,' same breath," Kazmir said. "So it was a little surprising. But what are you going to do?"

Oakland manager Bob Melvin raced on the field and had a heated argument with Layne. Kazmir left the field, angrily fired his glove against the wall of Oakland's dugout and kicked a trash can on his way to the clubhouse.

"I wanted to apologize to the trash can," Kazmir said. "It did nothing wrong. I was just frustrated."

Asked if he thought Kazmir was ejected too quickly, Melvin said, "It's tough to comment, I'm going to support my starter."

Oakland responded to the ejection with three runs in the third off Josh Tomlin (2-1).

"I think that kind of inspired us a little bit," Donaldson said. "I don't take that lightly when you throw our starting pitcher out in the second inning."

Coco Crisp doubled with one out and scored on Donaldson's two-out single. Moss then hit a full-count pitch to right-center for his ninth homer of the season.

Donaldson, who had three hits, added a two-run triple that hit high off the wall in left in the seventh. Layne, the crew chief, initiated a review to check if it was a home run, but the original call was upheld. Moss followed with an RBI single.

The Athletics lost a similar challenge last season when an apparent game-tying home run in the ninth by Adam Rosales was ruled a double and the Indians hung on for the win.

Otero relieved and got Mike Aviles to hit into a double play. Fernando Abad allowed a run in the sixth, but Luke Gregerson and Sean Doolittle closed out the win.

The game was briefly delayed during Oakland's rally when a squirrel ran across the field while John Jaso was batting. The squirrel stopped in the middle of the infield before finally jumping into the stands on the third base side and disappearing.

A squirrel also interrupted the game on April 21 at Progressive Field when the Indians defeated Kansas City.

The Indians have lost three straight and five of seven. Cleveland committed three errors and has made a major league-high 43 errors in 43 games.

Notes

Indians DH Jason Giambi (strained right calf) will likely be activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. The 43-year-old veteran admitted the team is struggling. "I know we're kind of sputtering," Giambi said. "We get that little glimmer and then it kind of falls apart. We have to keep our heads above water until we hit that good winning streak." ... 1B Daric Barton, designated for assignment Thursday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento. ... Indians LHP T.J. House, recalled from Columbus before the game, made his major league debut, pitching a scoreless ninth. ... Athletics 2B Eric Sogard, who is batting .091 (3 for 33) in May, was given the day off.

 
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Brandon Moss connects for a two-run homer, helping the A's to their eighth win in nine games.   (USATSI)
Brandon Moss connects for a two-run homer, helping the A's to their eighth win in nine games. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Donaldson
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Oakland

B. Moss
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF5210001 .252
John Jaso, DH3000011 .284
   a-Alberto Callaspo, PH-DH1100101 .250
Josh Donaldson, 3B4233000 .277
Brandon Moss, 1B3123101 .287
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4000002 .257
Jed Lowrie, SS4000002 .259
Derek Norris, C4010001 .354
Josh Reddick, RF4000011 .229
Nick Punto, 2B4010000 .213
Scott Kazmir, P0000000 .000
   Dan Otero, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   Sean Doolittle, P0000000 .000
Totals3668622  
a-walked for Jaso in the 7th
Batting
2B - Coco Crisp (4, Tomlin), Brandon Moss (8, Shaw), Derek Norris (7, Tomlin)
3B - Josh Donaldson (1, Shaw)
HR - Brandon Moss (9, Tomlin)
RBI - Josh Donaldson 3 (34), Brandon Moss 3 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Donaldson 3 (9), Brandon Moss 3 (18)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Donaldson-Punto-Moss, Donaldson-Punto-Moss-Lowrie-Punto-Moss, Donaldson-Punto-Moss-Lowrie-Punto-Moss-Otero-Lowrie-Moss
E - Josh Donaldson (8, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Kazmir 1.1111310 2.39
Dan Otero (W,4-0) 3.2400010 1.78
Fernando Abad (H,4) 1211000 2.65
Luke Gregerson 2000030 2.38
Sean Doolittle 1000020 3.43
WP - Scott Kazmir (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 41-22, Dan Otero 32-24, Fernando Abad 18-13, Luke Gregerson 18-14, Sean Doolittle 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 3-0, Dan Otero 5-2, Fernando Abad 1-2, Luke Gregerson 2-1
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 8, Dan Otero 12, Fernando Abad 5, Luke Gregerson 6, Sean Doolittle 3
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4010000 .250
Nick Swisher, DH4010001 .203
Michael Brantley, LF3110101 .279
Carlos Santana, 3B-1B4010031 .156
Ryan Raburn, RF4010000 .184
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS2101110 .258
Yan Gomes, C4010012 .262
Jesus Aguilar, 1B1000100 .000
   a-Jose Ramirez, PH-2B1000010 .095
Mike Aviles, 2B-3B3010011 .295
Josh Tomlin, P0000000 .000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   John Axford, P0000000 .000
   T.J. House, P0000000 .000
Totals3027137  
a-struck out for Aguilar in the 7th
Batting
2B - Yan Gomes (7, Kazmir)
SF - Asdrubal Cabrera (1)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera (13)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Ramirez-A. Cabrera-Santana
E - Jesus Aguilar (1, Missed catch of throw), Asdrubal Cabrera (6, Throwing), Carlos Santana (5, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Tomlin (L,2-1) 6533121 2.89
Marc Rzepczynski 0.2120100 2.35
Bryan Shaw 0.1211000 1.80
John Axford 1000000 4.15
T.J. House 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Tomlin 95-63, Marc Rzepczynski 12-7, Bryan Shaw 4-4, John Axford 15-8, T.J. House 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Tomlin 6-11, Marc Rzepczynski 2-0, John Axford 1-2, T.J. House 3-0
Batters Faced - Josh Tomlin 25, Marc Rzepczynski 4, Bryan Shaw 3, John Axford 3, T.J. House 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18358
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 49
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Tom Woodring, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Mike Estabrook