Pérez's 3-run homer helps Indians beat Athletics 5-3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Cleveland manager Terry Francona acknowledges the Indians are still uncertain what they have in Jefry Rodriguez after acquiring the 24-year-old pitcher from Washington in November.

They like what they've seen so far from the 6-foot-6 right-hander.

Roberto Perez hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to back Rodriguez's first win in the American League as Cleveland beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 on Sunday.

''I thought he battled like crazy,'' Francona said. ''We don't know him great yet. He is obviously a really intelligent, thoughtful kid and he's not backing down from anybody. With this much inexperience it's not always going to be perfect, but it's easy to feel like the glass is more full. That's a compliment to the kid.''

Francisco Lindor had two hits for Cleveland. Mike Freeman walked three times and scored, Carlos Santana had an RBI double and Jordan Luplow singled, scored and drove in a run.

Rodriguez (1-2) allowed three runs in six innings. He gave up six hits and three walks with three strikeouts, and got the A's to hit into a pair of double plays.

''I just try to always focus on executing and go out there and give my best,'' Rodriguez said through a translator. ''There is some more confidence having that routine and being a part of the team on a daily basis. It helps a lot to give your best stuff.''

Cleveland won after dropping the first two games of the series on walk-off hits. The Indians didn't give the A's a chance for a third, taking a lead in the first inning and pulling away on Perez's fourth home run.

Carlos Gonzalez and Luplow reached on consecutive one-out singles against starter Daniel Mengden (0-1). After reliever Ryan Buchter retired Jake Bauers on a liner, Perez drove a first-pitch fastball deep into the left field stands. The ball left his bat at 110.7 mph and traveled a projected 424 feet.

''A couple of the guys were talking to me, `Hey, be aggressive against this guy, he's going to try to steal a strike right away,'' Perez said. ''I was being aggressive and I got it.''

Rodriguez and three relievers made the lead hold up.

Adam Cimber struck out two of the three batters he faced. Nick Wittgren pitched the eighth and Brad Hand worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 11th save. Hand bounced back after giving up a game-ending homer to Matt Chapman on Friday.

Matt Olson hit his first home run of the season for the A's. Olson was activated off the injured list Tuesday after missing the first 5 1/2 weeks recovering from right hand surgery.

Oakland finished 4-2 on its homestand.

''The offense still isn't where we expect it to be,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''It will come around. Now we go back on the road and hope the offense will pick up some.''

Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez struck out, flied out twice and grounded into a double play. That ended his streak of reaching base in 20 consecutive games, which had been the longest in the American League.

THREE IN A ROW

A's catcher Josh Phegley has thrown out a runner in each of his last three games. It's the first time Phegley has done that since June 2015.

ROSTER SHUFFLE

The A's optioned right-hander J.B. Wendelken to Triple-A Las Vegas.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Tyler Naquin (left calf) was rested.

Athletics: DH Khris Davis singled twice in his return to the cleanup spot after missing three games with a bruised left hip. ... Chapman was rested.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Shane Bieber (2-1, 3.32 ERA) is unbeaten in four road starts this season and will try to extend that streak Monday in Chicago against the White Sox. Bieber has walked two or fewer batters in five of his seven starts overall.

Athletics: Mike Fiers (3-3, 5.48) pitches Monday night in Seattle, starting for the first time since his second career no-hitter Tuesday against Cincinnati. Fiers lost to the Mariners on opening day in Japan.

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CLE21-18
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OAK19-23
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  • W: J. Rodriguez (1-2)L: D. Mengden (0-1)S: B. Hand (11)
  • HR: CLE - R. Perez (4), OAK - M. Olson (1)
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C. Santana 1B40110000.279.380.434.8143.0
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J. Bauers DH40000014.240.321.355.677-0.5
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    M. Semien SS40100021.278.372.407.7800.0
    J. Profar 2B31110100.184.247.312.5594.0
    S. Piscotty RF40110002.245.315.393.7082.0
    K. Davis DH40200000.235.311.478.7892.0
    M. Olson 1B31111113.214.313.357.6706.5
    C. Pinder 3B40100011.271.307.430.7370.5
    R. Grossman LF40000002.194.314.320.6340.0
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    J. Phegley C30000011.269.299.473.772-0.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Santana (6)
      • HR - R. Perez (4)
      • SF - J. Luplow
      • RBI - C. Santana (20), J. Luplow (3), R. Perez 3 (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Perez 3 (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez, J. Bauers 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Olson
      • RBI - J. Profar (19), S. Piscotty (19), M. Olson
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Profar (8), S. Piscotty (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Olson 3 (3), R. Grossman
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - L. Martin (2)
      • CS - F. Lindor, L. Martin (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Ramirez-Freeman-Santana; Lindor-Santana)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Olson-Semien-Rodney)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Rodriguez (W, 1-2)6.06333312.921.1817.5
      A. Cimber (H, 3)1.00000203.180.944.0
      N. Wittgren (H, 3)1.01000101.230.752.5
      B. Hand (S, 11)1.00000101.530.8510.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Rodriguez (W, 1-2)6.0
      A. Cimber (H, 3)1.0
      N. Wittgren (H, 3)1.0
      B. Hand (S, 11)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Mengden (L, 0-1)5.15444406.751.69-1.0
      R. Buchter0.21110014.731.88-2.0
      F. Rodney1.01001008.161.951.0
      L. Hendriks2.00000201.541.117.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Mengden (L, 0-1)5.1
      R. Buchter0.2
      F. Rodney1.0
      L. Hendriks2.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Rodriguez 101-60, A. Cimber 8-8, N. Wittgren 21-15, B. Hand 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Rodriguez 8-5, A. Cimber 1-0, N. Wittgren 1-1, B. Hand 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Rodriguez 25, A. Cimber 3, N. Wittgren 4, B. Hand 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 100-60, R. Buchter 5-5, F. Rodney 10-4, L. Hendriks 21-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 3-8, F. Rodney 1-0, L. Hendriks 1-3
      • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 24, R. Buchter 3, F. Rodney 3, L. Hendriks 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Freeman 2B11000301.238.414.238.6524.0
      J. Ramirez 3B40000014.199.298.301.599-0.5
      C. Santana 1B40110000.279.380.434.8143.0
      C. Gonzalez LF31100110.232.284.317.6012.5
      J. Luplow RF31110010.286.354.476.8302.5
      J. Bauers DH40000014.240.321.355.677-0.5
      R. Perez C41131000.220.301.390.6918.0
      L. Martin CF30100110.224.307.396.7022.5
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      A. Cimber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        M. Semien SS40100021.278.372.407.7800.0
        J. Profar 2B31110100.184.247.312.5594.0
        S. Piscotty RF40110002.245.315.393.7082.0
        K. Davis DH40200000.235.311.478.7892.0
        M. Olson 1B31111113.214.313.357.6706.5
        C. Pinder 3B40100011.271.307.430.7370.5
        R. Grossman LF40000002.194.314.320.6340.0
        R. Laureano CF31000120.228.285.338.6231.0
        J. Phegley C30000011.269.299.473.772-0.5
        D. Mengden P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Santana (6)
          • HR - R. Perez (4)
          • SF - J. Luplow
          • RBI - C. Santana (20), J. Luplow (3), R. Perez 3 (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Perez 3 (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Ramirez, J. Bauers 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • HR - M. Olson
          • RBI - J. Profar (19), S. Piscotty (19), M. Olson
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Profar (8), S. Piscotty (10)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Olson 3 (3), R. Grossman
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - L. Martin (2)
          • CS - F. Lindor, L. Martin (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Ramirez-Freeman-Santana; Lindor-Santana)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Olson-Semien-Rodney)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Rodriguez (W, 1-2)6.06333312.921.1817.5
          A. Cimber (H, 3)1.00000203.180.944.0
          N. Wittgren (H, 3)1.01000101.230.752.5
          B. Hand (S, 11)1.00000101.530.8510.5
          Total9.0733371---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Rodriguez (W, 1-2)6.0
          A. Cimber (H, 3)1.0
          N. Wittgren (H, 3)1.0
          B. Hand (S, 11)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Mengden (L, 0-1)5.15444406.751.69-1.0
          R. Buchter0.21110014.731.88-2.0
          F. Rodney1.01001008.161.951.0
          L. Hendriks2.00000201.541.117.0
          Total9.0755561---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Mengden (L, 0-1)5.1
          R. Buchter0.2
          F. Rodney1.0
          L. Hendriks2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Rodriguez 101-60, A. Cimber 8-8, N. Wittgren 21-15, B. Hand 8-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Rodriguez 8-5, A. Cimber 1-0, N. Wittgren 1-1, B. Hand 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Rodriguez 25, A. Cimber 3, N. Wittgren 4, B. Hand 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 100-60, R. Buchter 5-5, F. Rodney 10-4, L. Hendriks 21-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 3-8, F. Rodney 1-0, L. Hendriks 1-3
          • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 24, R. Buchter 3, F. Rodney 3, L. Hendriks 6
          • 6TH INNING
            Olson homered to right center53
            Perez homered to left center, Gonzalez and Luplow scored52
          • 3RD INNING
            Piscotty singled to shallow center, Profar scored22
            Profar singled to center, Laureano scored, Profar to second21
          • 1ST INNING
            Luplow hit sacrifice fly to left, Freeman scored20
            Santana doubled to deep right center, Lindor scored, Freeman to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • L. Hendriks Pitching:
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers popped out to third
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez lined out to right
            • L. Martin: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brad Hand relieved Nick Wittgren
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Pinder grounded out to third
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Grossman flied out to center
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Laureano struck out looking
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Liam Hendriks relieved Fernando Rodney
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana popped out to shortstop
            • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to first
            • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Nick Wittgren relieved Adam Cimber
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Profar grounded out to pitcher
            • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Piscotty fouled out to first
            • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Davis singled to center
            • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Ryan Buchter
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor singled to left
            • M. Freeman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lindor caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Freeman out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Adam Cimber relieved Jefry Rodriguez
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Laureano grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Phegley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Phegley struck out looking
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana flied out to right
            • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to right
            • J. Luplow: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Luplow singled to shallow left center, Gonzalez to third
            • Ryan Buchter relieved Daniel Mengden
            • J. Bauers: Foul, Bauers lined out to second
            • R. Perez: Perez homered to left center, Gonzalez and Luplow scored
            • L. Martin: Foul, Martin popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Davis grounded out to third
            • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Olson homered to right center
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pinder singled to center
            • R. Grossman: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Grossman grounded into double play shortstop to first, Pinder out at second
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martin walked
            • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Lindor popped out to third
            • M. Freeman: Freeman lined out to second
            • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez lined out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • J. Phegley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Phegley flied out to left
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien singled to right
            • J. Profar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Profar walked, Semien to second
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Piscotty grounded into double play third to second to first, Profar out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • J. Luplow: Ball, Foul, Luplow flied out to center
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
            • R. Perez: Perez flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Pinder struck out on foul tip
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grossman grounded out to second
            • R. Laureano: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Laureano struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep center
            • C. Santana: Santana grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • R. Laureano: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Laureano walked
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Phegley grounded out to third, Laureano to second
            • M. Semien: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Profar singled to center, Laureano scored, Profar to second
            • S. Piscotty: Piscotty singled to shallow center, Profar scored
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Davis singled to shallow center, Piscotty to second
            • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Foul, Olson flied out to left
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to second
            • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martin singled to right
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • M. Freeman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Martin stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
            • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Martin caught stealing third, catcher to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis grounded out to second
            • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Olson walked
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pinder grounded out to third, Olson to second
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman fouled out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Lindor singled to shallow right
            • M. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Freeman walked, Lindor to second
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana doubled to deep right center, Lindor scored, Freeman to third
            • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
            • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Luplow hit sacrifice fly to left, Freeman scored
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Bauers grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien flied out to center
            • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Profar flied out to left
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)