Gray, A's bullpen combine to shut out Indians 5-0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With his phone buzzing nonstop after rumors circulated that he'd been scratched from his scheduled start, Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray did the only thing he could to shut out the noise: He stashed the device away.

Then the Oakland ace helped shut out the Cleveland Indians with another strong start that is sure to keep Gray a hot topic in trade conversations.

Gray and three relievers combined on a four-hitter, and Oakland beat Cleveland 5-0 on Friday night to spoil the return of Indians manager Terry Francona.

''It's hard when you get 50 text messages 45 minutes before the game,'' Gray said. ''That's where you just put your phone away and go to a place where you can just block everything out and get ready for the game. That's what I tried to do.''

Gray (5-4) allowed two hits over six innings with five strikeouts and one walk in one of his strongest outings this season. Both hits came in the third, one an infield single by Erik Gonzalez.

''He's pitched really well since he's come back,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said about Gray. ''Once he's gotten a little bit on a roll as far as pitching deeper into games and being healthy, we're seeing what we're getting right now and we've seen it a lot before.''

The bullpen took care of the final nine outs for Oakland. Santiago Casilla got three for his 16th save.

It was the third shutout by the A's this season.

Gray has been the subject of trade speculation for a few weeks and will undoubtedly remain part of discussions with the non-waiver deadline just more than two weeks away. He says he hasn't heard from management whether he's being shopped around.

''It would be nice to have some feedback I guess, but that's not how it works,'' Gray said.

Yonder Alonso and Rajai Davis homered in the fifth inning. Matt Joyce doubled, scored and drove in a run to help the A's win the series opener after dropping three of four in Cleveland earlier this season.

Francona returned to the bench following a six-game absence when he underwent a minor procedure for an irregular heartbeat last week. The Cleveland skipper had also been scheduled to manage the American League in Tuesday night's All-Star Game but had to skip it.

The Indians were blanked for the fourth time in their last 17 games and sixth time overall.

''(Gray) was commanding from the beginning. We never were able to get much going at all,'' Francona said. ''Everything was down and off of the fastball, and in the same location was that fading changeup.''

Davis homered leading off the fifth against starter Carlos Carrasco (10-4). Davis also singled and scored Oakland's first run in the third.

Alonso, the A's lone All-Star, hit his 21st home run three batters later.

Carrasco fanned 10 but lost to Oakland for the first time in five career starts. The right-hander allowed five runs over 6 1/3 innings and walked two.

The Indians went into the day with the third-best record in the AL but lost to begin their weeklong stay in Northern California. Following the three-game series in Oakland, Cleveland heads across the San Francisco Bay to play three games at AT&T Park against the Giants.

CLOSE CALL

Davis reached on an infield single and scored the A's first run in the third inning on Joyce's double. Davis hesitated rounding second and needed a headfirst slide at home plate to beat the relay throw from Gonzalez. ''We probably get him if Gonzy keeps it on the infield side,'' Francona said. ''We had a real legit shot there.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenhall was placed on the 10-day DL with a strained right calf. Tyler Naquin was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and started in right field.

Athletics: RHP Andrew Triggs underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. Triggs went 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA in 12 starts. ... C Ryan Lavarnway was sent outright to Triple-A Nashville. Lavarnway was called up when Josh Phegley went on the paternity list.

UP NEXT

RHP Corey Kluber (7-3, 2.80 ERA) makes his second start against Oakland this season on Saturday. Kluber pitched six innings of a 1-0 win June 1. The A's will go with rookie RHP Paul Blackburn (1-0, 0.66 ERA).

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AthleticsOAK40-50
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  • W: S. Gray (5-4)L: C. Carrasco (10-4)
  • HR: OAK - R. Davis (3), Y. Alonso (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Zimmer CF30000011.279.333.442.775-0.5
a- B. Guyer RF10000010.194.270.284.554-0.5
F. Lindor SS40100000.252.311.453.7641.0
M. Brantley LF30000102.300.365.435.8003.0
E. Encarnacion DH40000032.260.370.474.845-1.5
J. Ramirez 3B40100010.331.386.599.9861.5
C. Santana 1B40000031.235.336.404.740-1.5
Y. Gomes C30100000.224.315.365.6801.0
T. Naquin CF30000011.200.238.250.488-0.5
E. Gonzalez 2B30100010.302.315.472.7870.5
  • a-struck out for Zimmer in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Joyce RF31110110.222.332.412.7454.5
M. Semien SS30010022.164.309.273.5820.0
Y. Alonso 1B41111021.275.371.569.9405.0
K. Davis LF40000030.241.331.506.837-1.5
J. Lowrie 2B40000020.275.343.453.795-1.0
R. Healy DH30000100.267.302.497.7991.0
B. Maxwell C20100100.308.416.415.8313.0
M. Chapman 3B31100023.146.222.244.4663.0
R. Davis CF32211011.216.275.326.6017.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Ramirez (28)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Joyce (16), B. Maxwell (4)
    • 3B - M. Chapman
    • HR - Y. Alonso (21), R. Davis (3)
    • SF - M. Semien
    • RBI - M. Joyce (34), M. Semien (5), Y. Alonso (44), R. Davis (13)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alonso (21)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Brantley (9)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Santana (4)
    FIELDING
    • E - Y. Alonso (5)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Carrasco (L, 10-4)6.165521023.651.095.0
    B. Logan0.00001005.301.45-1.0
    N. Goody0.20000102.121.060.5
    Z. McAllister1.00000202.501.164.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Carrasco (L, 10-4)6.1
    B. Logan0.0
    N. Goody0.2
    Z. McAllister1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Gray (W, 5-4)6.02001503.721.1627.5
    R. Madson1.01000302.110.813.5
    S. Doolittle1.00000203.380.664.0
    S. Casilla1.01000103.711.322.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Gray (W, 5-4)6.0
    R. Madson1.0
    S. Doolittle1.0
    S. Casilla1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - N. Goody (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 96-62, B. Logan 6-2, N. Goody 9-7, Z. McAllister 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 4-5, Z. McAllister 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 27, B. Logan, N. Goody 2, Z. McAllister 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 100-62, R. Madson 20-13, S. Doolittle 15-10, S. Casilla 17-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 7-7, S. Doolittle 1-0, S. Casilla 1-1
    • Batters Faced - S. Gray 22, R. Madson 4, S. Doolittle 3, S. Casilla 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Zimmer CF30000011.279.333.442.775-0.5
    a- B. Guyer RF10000010.194.270.284.554-0.5
    F. Lindor SS40100000.252.311.453.7641.0
    M. Brantley LF30000102.300.365.435.8003.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000032.260.370.474.845-1.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40100010.331.386.599.9861.5
    C. Santana 1B40000031.235.336.404.740-1.5
    Y. Gomes C30100000.224.315.365.6801.0
    T. Naquin CF30000011.200.238.250.488-0.5
    E. Gonzalez 2B30100010.302.315.472.7870.5
    Total3204001117-----
    • a-struck out for Zimmer in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Joyce RF31110110.222.332.412.7454.5
    M. Semien SS30010022.164.309.273.5820.0
    Y. Alonso 1B41111021.275.371.569.9405.0
    K. Davis LF40000030.241.331.506.837-1.5
    J. Lowrie 2B40000020.275.343.453.795-1.0
    R. Healy DH30000100.267.302.497.7991.0
    B. Maxwell C20100100.308.416.415.8313.0
    M. Chapman 3B31100023.146.222.244.4663.0
    R. Davis CF32211011.216.275.326.6017.5
    Total2956423137-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Ramirez (28)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Joyce (16), B. Maxwell (4)
      • 3B - M. Chapman
      • HR - Y. Alonso (21), R. Davis (3)
      • SF - M. Semien
      • RBI - M. Joyce (34), M. Semien (5), Y. Alonso (44), R. Davis (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alonso (21)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Brantley (9)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Santana (4)
      FIELDING
      • E - Y. Alonso (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Carrasco (L, 10-4)6.165521023.651.095.0
      B. Logan0.00001005.301.45-1.0
      N. Goody0.20000102.121.060.5
      Z. McAllister1.00000202.501.164.0
      Total8.06553132---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Carrasco (L, 10-4)6.1
      B. Logan0.0
      N. Goody0.2
      Z. McAllister1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray (W, 5-4)6.02001503.721.1627.5
      R. Madson1.01000302.110.813.5
      S. Doolittle1.00000203.380.664.0
      S. Casilla1.01000103.711.322.5
      Total9.04001110---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray (W, 5-4)6.0
      R. Madson1.0
      S. Doolittle1.0
      S. Casilla1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - N. Goody (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Carrasco 96-62, B. Logan 6-2, N. Goody 9-7, Z. McAllister 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Carrasco 4-5, Z. McAllister 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Carrasco 27, B. Logan, N. Goody 2, Z. McAllister 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 100-62, R. Madson 20-13, S. Doolittle 15-10, S. Casilla 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 7-7, S. Doolittle 1-0, S. Casilla 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 22, R. Madson 4, S. Doolittle 3, S. Casilla 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Chapman scored, Joyce to second on wild pitch05
      • 5TH INNING
        Alonso homered to center04
        Davis homered to center03
      • 3RD INNING
        Semien hit sacrifice fly to center, Joyce scored02
        Joyce doubled to deep right center, Davis scored, Joyce to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Santiago Casilla relieved Sean Doolittle
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley popped out to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ramirez doubled to deep right
        • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Santana grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Sean Doolittle relieved Ryan Madson
        • B. Guyer: Brandon Guyer facing Sean Doolittle
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • Brandon Guyer hit for Bradley Zimmer
        • B. Zimmer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guyer struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lindor grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Zach McAllister relieved Nick Goody
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Healy grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Ryan Madson relieved Sonny Gray
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Ramirez struck out on foul tip
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gomes singled to left center
        • T. Naquin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Naquin struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Chapman tripled to deep center
        • R. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Boone Logan relieved Carlos Carrasco
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Joyce walked
        • Nick Goody relieved Boone Logan
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Semien struck out looking
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman scored, Joyce to second on wild pitch, Foul on 1st baseman Santana dropped ball error, Alonso fouled out to first
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Zimmer grounded out to first
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lindor flied out to deep left
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley safe at first on 1st baseman Alonso fielding error
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Brantley stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Ball, Lowrie flied out to deep left
        • R. Healy: Healy grounded out to third
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Maxwell grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gomes flied out to deep left
        • T. Naquin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Naquin lined out to first
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis homered to center
        • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Alonso homered to center
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis lined out to right
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez flied out to left
        • C. Santana: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • J. Lowrie: Lowrie flied out to right
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Healy grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Maxwell doubled to deep right center
        • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Chapman struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • T. Naquin: Naquin grounded out to second
        • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • B. Zimmer: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Zimmer reached on fielder's choice to third, Gonzalez out at second
        • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Lindor singled to center, Zimmer to second
        • M. Brantley: Brantley reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Lindor out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Davis reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Joyce: Pickoff attempt, Joyce doubled to deep right center, Davis scored, Joyce to third
        • M. Semien: Ball, Semien hit sacrifice fly to center, Joyce scored
        • Y. Alonso: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Alonso struck out looking
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gomes lined out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Healy walked
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maxwell walked, Healy to second
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmer struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lindor flied out to left
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Carrasco Pitching:
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Foul, Joyce lined out to left
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike swinging, Semien grounded out to third
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)