Blackburn leads A's to 5th straight win, 3-1 over Indians

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) When Paul Blackburn needed 47 pitches to make it through the first two innings, it didn't seem he would last long for the Oakland Athletics.

Then Blackburn found his groove and led the streaking A's to another win.

Blackburn pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and Oakland won its fifth straight game, beating the Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Friday night.

''It was just finding a tempo and rhythm,'' Blackburn said. ''It's something I've struggled with the first couple of innings. Once I get over that hump in the second inning, I feel like everything is more put together.''

Marcus Semien and Khris Davis drove in runs against Trevor Bauer (7-6) as the A's followed up a four-game sweep at Detroit with a win in the opener of a five-game homestand.

Jed Lowrie provided insurance with a solo homer in the eighth off Zach McAllister to move Oakland a season-high seven games over .500.

''Games like that, it feels like a 10-run homer,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''The guys coming to the plate get your attention in the last inning. It was paramount. It gives you a little bit of wiggle room.''

Blake Treinen allowed two baserunners in the ninth before earning his 21st save in 23 chances. He has converted 18 straight save opportunities.

Blackburn (2-2) had a 12.70 ERA his past three starts and struggled early against Cleveland, with four of the first seven batters reaching base safely. But a caught stealing and a double play helped him make it through the first two innings unscathed and he settled down from there.

He retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced, allowing only a two-out walk to Yonder Alonso in the fourth before leaving after retiring Edwin Encarnacion to open the seventh. Blackburn allowed three hits and struck out five.

Francisco Lindor hit an RBI double off Yusmeiro Petit in the eighth inning for Cleveland.

The A's, who score nearly two fewer runs per game at home than on the road, managed to get single runs against Bauer in the second and sixth innings. Matt Olson doubled in the second and scored on Semien's two-out hit.

Oakland added an insurance run in the sixth when Matt Joyce singled and scored on Davis' double.

''He seemed to be very patient so I wanted to make a point of getting ahead in that count,'' Bauer said. ''He hit a bad pitch. He's a good hitter. That's what you're supposed to do with hanging breaking balls, hit them.''

Bauer allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight. His 148 strikeouts are the most for a Cleveland pitcher before the end of June since Sam McDowell had 151 in 1970.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Manager Terry Francona said the team will have a decision soon on the status of injured starter Danny Salazar, who has been on the DL all season with a right shoulder injury. Francona said the team is ''exploring some things'' and said he would have more information in the next couple of days.

Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman (hand) took grounders and hit off a tee. He will take BP on Sunday and could be back as early as next week. ... RHP Andrew Triggs (right arm nerve irritation) had his rehab shut down because he felt tingling in fingers. He will get a second opinion next week. ... RHP Trevor Cahill (right Achilles) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session and will either have a lengthier bullpen session or simulation game next in his rehab.

UP NEXT

Edwin Jackson (0-0) makes his second start for Oakland after allowing one run in six innings of a no-decision in his debut against Detroit. His nine-game winning streak against Cleveland is the longest since Storm Davis also won nine straight vs. the Indians from 1986-92. Adam Plutko (4-1) starts for Cleveland.

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  • W: P. Blackburn (2-2)L: T. Bauer (7-6)S: B. Treinen (21)
  • HR: OAK - J. Lowrie (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40210010.291.366.541.9072.5
M. Brantley LF40000021.307.356.496.853-1.0
J. Ramirez 3B30100010.291.397.595.9923.5
E. Encarnacion DH40000002.232.308.478.7860.0
Y. Alonso 1B30000111.251.323.442.7650.5
L. Chisenhall RF20100001.312.391.429.8191.0
a- R. Davis PH-CF10000110.246.304.294.5980.5
J. Kipnis 2B40100012.219.296.344.6400.5
R. Perez C20000012.141.231.228.459-0.5
b- Y. Gomes PH-C11100000.252.318.455.7743.0
T. Naquin CF-RF20000000.284.313.385.6980.0
c- B. Guyer PH-RF10000001.158.252.305.5580.0
  • a-struck out for Chisenhall in the 7th
  • b-doubled for Perez in the 8th
  • c-lined out for Naquin in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF30000010.244.279.378.657-0.5
a- M. Canha PH-CF00000100.253.326.465.7901.0
M. Joyce LF31100000.200.312.362.6742.0
b- C. Pinder PH-LF10000013.247.312.429.741-0.5
J. Lowrie 3B41111011.293.349.503.8525.5
K. Davis DH30210100.230.319.493.8115.0
M. Olson 1B41100023.239.322.452.7732.0
S. Piscotty RF40100002.253.321.409.7292.0
M. Semien SS30210000.251.305.368.6735.0
J. Lucroy C30000013.258.315.339.655-0.5
F. Barreto 2B30000032.208.240.438.678-1.5
  • a-was walked intentionally for Fowler in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Joyce in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Lindor (25), Y. Gomes (14)
  • RBI - F. Lindor (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Davis (13), M. Olson (13), S. Piscotty (19)
  • HR - J. Lowrie (14)
  • RBI - J. Lowrie (56), K. Davis (54), M. Semien (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Davis (24), M. Semien (11)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Ramirez (14)
  • CS - F. Lindor (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Semien (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Alonso-Ramirez-Otero)
  • E - J. Ramirez (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Semien-Olson)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Bauer (L, 7-6)6.26221802.451.0911.0
O. Perez0.00001000.930.62-1.0
Z. McAllister0.12110115.851.36-2.5
D. Otero1.00000006.041.093.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Bauer (L, 7-6)6.2
O. Perez0.0
Z. McAllister0.1
D. Otero1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Blackburn (W, 2-2)6.13001506.461.3126.5
R. Buchter (H, 5)1.01110102.841.501.5
Y. Petit (H, 10)0.21000103.661.16-0.5
B. Treinen (S, 21)1.01001100.890.918.5
PITCHERSIP
P. Blackburn (W, 2-2)6.1
R. Buchter (H, 5)1.0
Y. Petit (H, 10)0.2
B. Treinen (S, 21)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Bauer (10)
  • IBB - O. Perez
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 108-71, Z. McAllister 11-8, D. Otero 12-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 9-3, D. Otero 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 27, O. Perez, Z. McAllister 3, D. Otero 2
PITCHING
  • HBP - P. Blackburn (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Blackburn 98-59, R. Buchter 18-12, Y. Petit 12-8, B. Treinen 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Blackburn 4-8, R. Buchter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Blackburn 22, R. Buchter 4, Y. Petit 3, B. Treinen 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40210010.291.366.541.9072.5
M. Brantley LF40000021.307.356.496.853-1.0
J. Ramirez 3B30100010.291.397.595.9923.5
E. Encarnacion DH40000002.232.308.478.7860.0
Y. Alonso 1B30000111.251.323.442.7650.5
L. Chisenhall RF20100001.312.391.429.8191.0
a- R. Davis PH-CF10000110.246.304.294.5980.5
J. Kipnis 2B40100012.219.296.344.6400.5
R. Perez C20000012.141.231.228.459-0.5
b- Y. Gomes PH-C11100000.252.318.455.7743.0
T. Naquin CF-RF20000000.284.313.385.6980.0
c- B. Guyer PH-RF10000001.158.252.305.5580.0
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HITTERSAB
F. Lindor SS4
M. Brantley LF4
J. Ramirez 3B3
E. Encarnacion DH4
Y. Alonso 1B3
L. Chisenhall RF2
a- R. Davis PH-CF1
J. Kipnis 2B4
R. Perez C2
b- Y. Gomes PH-C1
T. Naquin CF-RF2
c- B. Guyer PH-RF1
Total31
  • a-struck out for Chisenhall in the 7th
  • b-doubled for Perez in the 8th
  • c-lined out for Naquin in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF30000010.244.279.378.657-0.5
a- M. Canha PH-CF00000100.253.326.465.7901.0
M. Joyce LF31100000.200.312.362.6742.0
b- C. Pinder PH-LF10000013.247.312.429.741-0.5
J. Lowrie 3B41111011.293.349.503.8525.5
K. Davis DH30210100.230.319.493.8115.0
M. Olson 1B41100023.239.322.452.7732.0
S. Piscotty RF40100002.253.321.409.7292.0
M. Semien SS30210000.251.305.368.6735.0
J. Lucroy C30000013.258.315.339.655-0.5
F. Barreto 2B30000032.208.240.438.678-1.5
Total3138312914-----
HITTERSAB
D. Fowler CF3
a- M. Canha PH-CF0
M. Joyce LF3
b- C. Pinder PH-LF1
J. Lowrie 3B4
K. Davis DH3
M. Olson 1B4
S. Piscotty RF4
M. Semien SS3
J. Lucroy C3
F. Barreto 2B3
Total31
  • a-was walked intentionally for Fowler in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Joyce in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Lindor (25), Y. Gomes (14)
  • RBI - F. Lindor (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Davis (13), M. Olson (13), S. Piscotty (19)
  • HR - J. Lowrie (14)
  • RBI - J. Lowrie (56), K. Davis (54), M. Semien (31)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Davis (24), M. Semien (11)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Ramirez (14)
  • CS - F. Lindor (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Semien (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Alonso-Ramirez-Otero)
  • E - J. Ramirez (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Semien-Olson)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Bauer (L, 7-6)6.26221802.451.0911.0
O. Perez0.00001000.930.62-1.0
Z. McAllister0.12110115.851.36-2.5
D. Otero1.00000006.041.093.0
Total8.0833291---
PITCHERSIP
T. Bauer (L, 7-6)6.2
O. Perez0.0
Z. McAllister0.1
D. Otero1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Blackburn (W, 2-2)6.13001506.461.3126.5
R. Buchter (H, 5)1.01110102.841.501.5
Y. Petit (H, 10)0.21000103.661.16-0.5
B. Treinen (S, 21)1.01001100.890.918.5
Total9.0611280---
PITCHERSIP
P. Blackburn (W, 2-2)6.1
R. Buchter (H, 5)1.0
Y. Petit (H, 10)0.2
B. Treinen (S, 21)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Bauer (10)
  • IBB - O. Perez
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 108-71, Z. McAllister 11-8, D. Otero 12-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 9-3, D. Otero 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 27, O. Perez, Z. McAllister 3, D. Otero 2
PITCHING
  • HBP - P. Blackburn (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Blackburn 98-59, R. Buchter 18-12, Y. Petit 12-8, B. Treinen 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Blackburn 4-8, R. Buchter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Blackburn 22, R. Buchter 4, Y. Petit 3, B. Treinen 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Lowrie homered to right13
    Lindor doubled to deep center, Gomes scored12
  • 6TH INNING
    Davis doubled to deep left, Joyce scored02
  • 2ND INNING
    Semien singled to left, Olson scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Blake Treinen relieved Yusmeiro Petit
    • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez singled to right
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion lined out to center
    • Y. Alonso: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked, Ramirez to second
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kipnis flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • R. Buchter Pitching:
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Kipnis grounded out to first
    • Yan Gomes hit for Roberto Perez
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gomes doubled to deep left
    • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Ryan Buchter
    • Brandon Guyer hit for Tyler Naquin
    • B. Guyer: Guyer lined out to third
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lindor doubled to deep center, Gomes scored
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. McAllister Pitching:
    • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Lowrie homered to right
    • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davis singled to left
    • Dan Otero relieved Zach McAllister
    • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Olson grounded into double play first to third to pitcher, Davis out at second
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • P. Blackburn Pitching:
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion fouled out to first
    • Ryan Buchter relieved Paul Blackburn
    • Y. Alonso: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso popped out to shortstop
    • Rajai Davis hit for Lonnie Chisenhall
    • R. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Bauer Pitching:
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty doubled to shallow right
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Semien singled to center, Piscotty to third
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Semien stole second, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
    • F. Barreto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Barreto struck out swinging
    • Oliver Perez relieved Trevor Bauer
    • Mark Canha hit for Dustin Fowler
    • M. Canha: Canha intentionally walked
    • Chad Pinder hit for Matt Joyce
    • Zach McAllister relieved Oliver Perez
    • C. Pinder: Strike (foul tip), Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • P. Blackburn Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
    • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to second
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez flied out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Bauer Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Fowler grounded out to second
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Joyce singled to right center
    • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Joyce to second on wild pitch
    • K. Davis: Davis doubled to deep left, Joyce scored
    • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • P. Blackburn Pitching:
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
    • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • T. Naquin: Ball, Naquin flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Bauer Pitching:
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Semien grounded out to first
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Barreto: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Barreto struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • P. Blackburn Pitching:
    • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
    • L. Chisenhall: Chisenhall flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Bauer Pitching:
    • J. Lowrie: Ball, Lowrie fouled out to third
    • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
    • M. Olson: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
    • S. Piscotty: Foul, Foul, Piscotty lined out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • P. Blackburn Pitching:
    • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Naquin flied out to center
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Lindor fouled out to third
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Bauer Pitching:
    • F. Barreto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Barreto struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Fowler grounded out to second
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Joyce grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • P. Blackburn Pitching:
    • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso lined out to shortstop
    • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chisenhall singled to right
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kipnis singled to right, Chisenhall to second
    • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded into double play shortstop to first, Kipnis out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Bauer Pitching:
    • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis grounded out to first
    • M. Olson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Olson doubled to deep left
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Foul, Piscotty grounded out to second, Olson to third
    • M. Semien: Ball, Semien singled to left, Olson scored
    • J. Lucroy: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lucroy lined out to center
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • P. Blackburn Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor singled to right
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Lindor caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to second
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ramirez hit by pitch
    • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez stole second, Encarnacion fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Bauer Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul on 3rd baseman Ramirez dropped ball error, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Joyce grounded out to first
    • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Lowrie grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)