Anderson pitches A's to 6-0 win over Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Brett Anderson's first start in two months wasn't pristine. But it was productive and another positive for the ascending Athletics.

Anderson came off the disabled list and worked into the sixth inning before turning things over to Oakland's outstanding bullpen as the A's downed the Cleveland Indians 6-0 on Sunday.

Anderson (1-2) had been sidelined with a shoulder strain, one of several injuries to plague the team's starting staff this season. But the left-hander looked fairly sharp in his first start since May 18, limiting the Indians to three hits in five-plus innings and leaving with a 4-0 lead.

''The key was working out of trouble,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''He pitched pretty well and got big outs when he needed to. All in all, you've got to consider it a successful performance.''

Stephen Piscotty hit a two-run homer off rookie Shane Bieber (4-1), and Jed Lowrie had a solo shot as Oakland won for the 10th time in 12 games to take two of three from the Indians.

The A's, who are 18-6 against AL Central teams, moved a season-best 10 games over .500. It's the first time they've reached that mark since the end of 2014 and they're unbeaten in their past seven series - their longest such streak since 2013.

Oakland heads to Houston for four games against the AL West leaders.

''I don't think we care who we play,'' Melvin said. ''We know we have seven games before the break. We want to finish up strong, so it doesn't matter who we're playing.''

The Indians failed to take advantage of some early scoring chances against Anderson.

''He's a good pitcher,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ''He's been hurt a lot but he knows how to pitch. I don't think we made very good adjustments, but I think sometimes you give the pitcher some credit, for sure.''

Yusmeiro Petit tossed two innings, Ryan Buchter worked the eighth and Emilio Pagan finished the combined five-hitter without Melvin having to use closer Blake Treinen.

With five starters on the disabled list, Melvin has spent the season patching holes in his rotation. But Anderson, who was activated for the start while Paul Blackburn went on the DL, provided the A's with a quality outing.

Making his first start against Cleveland since 2012, Anderson worked out of jams in the second and fourth innings, both times retiring Erik Gonzalez for the final out.

The Indians had runners at second and third with none out in the second before Anderson struck out Rajai Davis and Robert Perez and got Gonzalez to reach and pop up a 3-0 pitch. Cleveland loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth but didn't score as Gonzalez bounced weakly into a force at third.

''Obviously, you'd like to go deeper in ballgames, but for the first time back in a while to give us a chance to win and get the series win, I'll take it,'' said Anderson, who improved to 3-0 in five career starts against the Indians.

Piscotty gave Anderson a four-run cushion in the sixth with his ninth homer. Khris Davis, who had three hits, singled leading off and Piscotty hammered Bieber's 1-2 pitch into the seats.

Lowrie made it 5-0 in the seventh with a liner that just cleared the wall, giving him 16 homers to match his career high for a season set in 2012.

SUN SPOT

Oakland took advantage of a ball lost in the sun to take a 1-0 lead in the first. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, who wasn't wearing sunglasses, couldn't see Mark Canha's one-out pop and it fell for a single. With two outs, Khris Davis extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI double.

STUNNING STAT

Anderson has a 0.82 ERA in five career starts against the Indians. It's the lowest ERA since 1913 for any pitcher with at least five starts against Cleveland.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: To open a roster spot for Anderson, Blackburn (sore elbow) was placed on the DL. Blackburn, who allowed six runs over five innings on Friday, returned to Oakland and will be examined by team doctors. He began the season on the DL with a strained forearm.

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller threw another bullpen Saturday as he continues to recover from knee inflammation that has sidelined the two-time All-Star since May 26. Miller is not expected back until after the All-Star break.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (4-2) starts Monday in the opener of a four-game series against the defending World Series champion Astros.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (7-3) will be on extended rest Monday as he starts the series opener against the Reds and Anthony DeSclafani (3-1). Clevinger made his major league debut against Cincinnati in 2016.

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  • W: B. Anderson (1-2)L: S. Bieber (4-1)
  • HR: OAK - J. Lowrie (16), S. Piscotty (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF50210020.260.294.413.7072.0
M. Canha LF51210021.267.340.480.8203.0
J. Lowrie 2B51111023.290.357.507.8645.0
K. Davis DH51310010.248.326.511.8376.5
M. Olson 1B30100211.240.328.462.7892.5
S. Piscotty RF51121025.251.315.424.7396.0
M. Chapman 3B41100010.256.350.450.8002.5
M. Semien SS40100011.249.301.357.6590.5
J. Phegley C31000102.219.278.500.7782.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40000010.298.374.565.940-0.5
    M. Brantley DH40000010.306.351.490.841-0.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40100000.292.395.590.9851.0
    E. Encarnacion 1B30200100.232.311.470.7803.0
    B. Guyer RF10100100.168.276.317.5933.0
    a- T. Naquin PH-RF20000023.260.295.344.638-1.0
    R. Davis LF40000006.250.307.300.6070.0
    R. Perez C30000124.141.232.222.4540.0
    E. Gonzalez 2B40100015.279.319.419.7370.5
    G. Allen CF40000011.212.254.305.559-0.5
    • a-struck out for Guyer in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Davis 2 (18), M. Chapman (15)
    • HR - J. Lowrie (16), S. Piscotty (9)
    • RBI - D. Fowler (20), M. Canha (34), J. Lowrie (62), K. Davis (59), S. Piscotty 2 (40)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Fowler (9), M. Canha (19), J. Lowrie (26), K. Davis (25)
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Guyer (6)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Lowrie (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Anderson (W, 1-2)5.03002305.751.7718.5
    Y. Petit2.01000303.631.126.5
    R. Buchter1.00001102.161.322.5
    E. Pagan1.01000103.581.272.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Anderson (W, 1-2)5.0
    Y. Petit2.0
    R. Buchter1.0
    E. Pagan1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Bieber (L, 4-1)6.08441713.471.403.5
    D. Otero0.22110215.671.02-2.0
    M. Rzepczynski0.00001007.712.68-1.0
    Z. McAllister1.12111105.701.38-0.5
    J. Tomlin1.00000206.751.464.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 96-55, Y. Petit 28-23, R. Buchter 16-8, E. Pagan 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 7-6, Y. Petit 1-2, E. Pagan 1-1
    • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 21, Y. Petit 7, R. Buchter 4, E. Pagan 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 98-71, D. Otero 15-11, M. Rzepczynski 7-3, Z. McAllister 28-19, J. Tomlin 18-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 6-5, Z. McAllister 1-2
    • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 27, D. Otero 4, M. Rzepczynski, Z. McAllister 7, J. Tomlin 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fowler CF50210020.260.294.413.7072.0
    M. Canha LF51210021.267.340.480.8203.0
    J. Lowrie 2B51111023.290.357.507.8645.0
    K. Davis DH51310010.248.326.511.8376.5
    M. Olson 1B30100211.240.328.462.7892.5
    S. Piscotty RF51121025.251.315.424.7396.0
    M. Chapman 3B41100010.256.350.450.8002.5
    M. Semien SS40100011.249.301.357.6590.5
    J. Phegley C31000102.219.278.500.7782.0
    Total396126231213-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS40000010.298.374.565.940-0.5
      M. Brantley DH40000010.306.351.490.841-0.5
      J. Ramirez 3B40100000.292.395.590.9851.0
      E. Encarnacion 1B30200100.232.311.470.7803.0
      B. Guyer RF10100100.168.276.317.5933.0
      a- T. Naquin PH-RF20000023.260.295.344.638-1.0
      R. Davis LF40000006.250.307.300.6070.0
      R. Perez C30000124.141.232.222.4540.0
      E. Gonzalez 2B40100015.279.319.419.7370.5
      G. Allen CF40000011.212.254.305.559-0.5
      Total3305003819-----
      • a-struck out for Guyer in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Davis 2 (18), M. Chapman (15)
      • HR - J. Lowrie (16), S. Piscotty (9)
      • RBI - D. Fowler (20), M. Canha (34), J. Lowrie (62), K. Davis (59), S. Piscotty 2 (40)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Fowler (9), M. Canha (19), J. Lowrie (26), K. Davis (25)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Guyer (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Lowrie (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Anderson (W, 1-2)5.03002305.751.7718.5
      Y. Petit2.01000303.631.126.5
      R. Buchter1.00001102.161.322.5
      E. Pagan1.01000103.581.272.5
      Total9.0500380---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Anderson (W, 1-2)5.0
      Y. Petit2.0
      R. Buchter1.0
      E. Pagan1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber (L, 4-1)6.08441713.471.403.5
      D. Otero0.22110215.671.02-2.0
      M. Rzepczynski0.00001007.712.68-1.0
      Z. McAllister1.12111105.701.38-0.5
      J. Tomlin1.00000206.751.464.0
      Total9.012663122---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber (L, 4-1)6.0
      D. Otero0.2
      M. Rzepczynski0.0
      Z. McAllister1.1
      J. Tomlin1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 96-55, Y. Petit 28-23, R. Buchter 16-8, E. Pagan 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 7-6, Y. Petit 1-2, E. Pagan 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 21, Y. Petit 7, R. Buchter 4, E. Pagan 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 98-71, D. Otero 15-11, M. Rzepczynski 7-3, Z. McAllister 28-19, J. Tomlin 18-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 6-5, Z. McAllister 1-2
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 27, D. Otero 4, M. Rzepczynski, Z. McAllister 7, J. Tomlin 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Canha singled to center, Phegley scored, Fowler to second60
      • 7TH INNING
        Lowrie homered to right50
      • 6TH INNING
        Piscotty homered to right, Davis scored40
      • 2ND INNING
        Fowler reached on an infield single to first, Chapman scored20
      • 1ST INNING
        Davis doubled to deep right center, Canha scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Josh Tomlin relieved Zach McAllister
        • K. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to right
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Olson struck out looking
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Piscotty struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Ryan Buchter
        • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Perez: Perez popped out to shortstop
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez singled to center
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Gonzalez to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Z. McAllister Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chapman grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien lined out to center
        • J. Phegley: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Phegley walked
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Fowler singled to right center, Phegley to third
        • M. Canha: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Canha singled to center, Phegley scored, Fowler to second
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Buchter relieved Yusmeiro Petit
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley popped out to shortstop
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez lined out to center
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Dan Otero relieved Shane Bieber
        • D. Fowler: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Canha struck out looking
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowrie homered to right
        • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Foul, Davis doubled to deep right center
        • Marc Rzepczynski relieved Dan Otero
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Olson walked
        • Zach McAllister relieved Marc Rzepczynski
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Piscotty flied out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Petit Pitching:
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • G. Allen: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Allen popped out to first
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lindor grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Foul, Davis singled to center
        • M. Olson: Foul, Olson lined out to right
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Piscotty homered to right, Davis scored
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Chapman grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Semien: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Semien singled to deep left
        • J. Phegley: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Phegley grounded into fielder's choice to third, Semien out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ramirez singled to center
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Brett Anderson
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Encarnacion singled to left, Ramirez to second
        • Tyler Naquin hit for Brandon Guyer
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Naquin struck out looking
        • R. Davis: Davis fouled out to catcher
        • R. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
        • M. Canha: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Lowrie flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Allen popped out to second
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor lined out to center
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • M. Semien: Semien flied out to right
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Phegley grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion singled to shallow right center
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Guyer walked, Encarnacion to second
        • R. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to right
        • R. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez walked, Encarnacion to third, Guyer to second
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded into fielder's choice to third, Guyer out at third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Olson singled to left center
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Piscotty lined out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Allen lined out to shortstop
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chapman doubled to left center
        • M. Semien: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Semien struck out looking
        • J. Phegley: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Phegley grounded out to first, Chapman to third
        • D. Fowler: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Fowler reached on an infield single to first, Chapman scored
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Canha grounded into fielder's choice to second, Fowler out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Encarnacion safe at first on 2nd baseman Lowrie fielding error
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Guyer doubled to deep left, Encarnacion to third
        • R. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to right
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez popped out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Bieber Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Fowler grounded out to first
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike looking, Canha reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Lowrie flied out to center
        • K. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis doubled to deep right center, Canha scored
        • M. Olson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Olson walked
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)