Montas throws 6 scoreless innings, Athletics top Indians 7-2

CLEVELAND (AP) After making stops in three cities over 10 days on the road, Frankie Montas and the Oakland Athletics are headed home.

And they're bringing the longest active winning streak in the majors with them.

Montas pitched six scoreless innings, Mark Canha homered and drove in three, and the Athletics extended their winning streak to six with a 7-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

Oakland completed a 6-2 road trip and has won 10 of 14. Those numbers don't include a game last weekend that was suspended in Detroit with the Athletics leading 5-3 in the seventh.

''I feel like we're getting there as a team, but I'm ready to go home,'' Montas said, smiling. ''I just want to chill and play with my son.''

Nick Hundley had three hits, including a solo homer and two RBIs. Robbie Grossman also drove in a pair of runs as Oakland swept the three-game series and reached the .500 mark for the first time since April 26.

''This is the type of baseball we expect to play and this is the team we envisioned being,'' Hundley said. ''We're getting great pitching and Frankie did a real good job keeping this tough lineup off-balance.''

Montas (6-2), who struck out nine mixing fastballs and sliders, has not allowed more than three earned runs in his 10 starts this season. The right-hander gave up five hits, four of them over the first two innings, in lowering his ERA to 2.40.

''Frankie has come a long way in a short period of time,'' Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. ''He's still learning, but he's got a pretty good idea what he wants to throw in every situation, not just waiting for the sign from the catcher.''

The 26-year-old said the Indians' aggressive approach played into his hands, noting, ''If I threw a ball close to the zone, they were going to swing. They were swinging early, which I like.''

Canha, filling in for injured designated hitter Khris Davis, homered for the second day in a row and has nine RBIs in his last six games. He drove in five runs over his first 20 appearances this season.

Davis underwent an MRI on his ailing left hip but has not been put on the injured list while the team awaits the results. Melvin said he would update his status Friday.

Right-hander Jefry Rodriguez (1-4) allowed four earned runs in a season-low four innings. Cleveland's three starters racked up 317 pitches in the series - and none lasted longer than six innings - as Oakland belted seven home runs.

''You're certainly trying to take care of your starter, but you also know you've got to cover a certain amount of innings with your bullpen,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a bunch of anxiety about it.''

Cleveland's Jake Bauers hit a two-run homer off Fernando Rodney. The 450-foot shot into the visiting bullpen was the Indians' longest since 2017.

NO ANSWERS

The Indians stranded 11 runners and have the third-lowest batting average in the AL at .224. Cleveland scored nine runs in the series, dropping its season average to 3.9.

''If I had the magic potion, believe me, I'd give it to everybody,'' Francona said. ''The best thing I know is to not drag our heads, to not feel sorry for ourselves, because nobody cares. Especially the teams we're playing. They're probably thrilled.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (cervical strain) will make his next scheduled start Sunday. The 31-year-old awkwardly twisted his neck in the fifth inning Monday while avoiding both pieces of a broken bat and a baseball hit by Indians catcher Roberto Perez.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (right arm fracture), who was struck by a line drive on May 1 at Miami, will have an X-ray taken Thursday. The two-time AL Cy Young winner could have his hard cast replaced with a removable splint if the test reveals healing.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (1-1, 3.65 ERA) takes on Mariners LHP Wade LeBlanc (2-1, 7.36 ERA) in the Friday opener of a three-game series.

Indians: RHP Adam Plutko (1-0, 1.50 ERA) makes his second start of the season Thursday in the first game of a four-game set against Tampa Bay.

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  • W: F. Montas (6-2)L: J. Rodriguez (1-4)
  • HR: OAK - N. Hundley (2), M. Canha (7), CLE - J. Bauers (5)
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J. Profar 2B50000025.200.271.365.636-1.0
M. Chapman 3B42100101.262.355.513.8684.0
M. Olson 1B41200111.246.352.492.8445.5
M. Canha DH51231004.224.346.567.91310.0
R. Grossman LF40120002.220.329.362.6913.0
C. Pinder RF50100022.268.307.449.7550.0
R. Laureano CF51100012.237.292.362.6532.5
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    F. Lindor SS30200212.296.349.513.8623.5
    J. Kipnis 2B50100003.218.301.336.6371.0
    C. Santana DH31100212.291.409.491.9004.5
    J. Bauers 1B51121035.227.312.360.6725.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40100012.196.296.302.5980.5
    M. Freeman LF20000211.240.429.280.7091.5
    O. Mercado RF40000014.238.333.381.714-0.5
    L. Martin CF40100013.227.308.374.6820.5
    K. Plawecki C40100012.151.250.302.5521.5
    J. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    D. Otero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Olson 2 (3), M. Canha (2), R. Laureano (7), N. Hundley (3)
      • HR - M. Canha (7), N. Hundley (2)
      • SF - R. Grossman
      • RBI - M. Canha 3 (14), R. Grossman 2 (14), N. Hundley 2 (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Canha 2 (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Semien 3 (3), J. Profar 3 (3), M. Chapman, R. Grossman 2 (2), C. Pinder 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Santana (9), K. Plawecki (5)
      • HR - J. Bauers (5)
      • RBI - J. Bauers 2 (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor 2 (2), J. Kipnis, J. Bauers 3 (3), J. Ramirez 2 (2), L. Martin, K. Plawecki 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Semien (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Semien-Profar-Olson; Semien-Chapman-Olson)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Ramirez (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Montas (W, 6-2)6.05002902.401.1325.5
      Y. Petit1.00001002.100.742.0
      F. Rodney0.02222019.422.23-6.0
      L. Trivino1.00000102.781.103.5
      J. Soria1.01001004.561.141.0
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Montas (W, 6-2)6.0
      Y. Petit1.0
      F. Rodney0.0
      L. Trivino1.0
      J. Soria1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Rodriguez (L, 1-4)4.07544314.081.36-6.5
      D. Otero2.03110013.151.452.0
      T. Clippard1.02110303.860.861.5
      T. Olson2.01000103.291.615.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Rodriguez (L, 1-4)4.0
      D. Otero2.0
      T. Clippard1.0
      T. Olson2.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - F. Montas (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Montas 101-64, Y. Petit 19-11, F. Rodney 19-8, L. Trivino 9-9, J. Soria 17-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Montas 4-5, Y. Petit 1-2, J. Soria 2-0
      • Batters Faced - F. Montas 25, Y. Petit 4, F. Rodney 4, L. Trivino 3, J. Soria 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Rodriguez (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Rodriguez 94-49, D. Otero 21-16, T. Clippard 20-13, T. Olson 28-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Rodriguez 5-5, D. Otero 4-2, T. Olson 4-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Rodriguez 24, D. Otero 9, T. Clippard 5, T. Olson 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      J. Profar 2B50000025.200.271.365.636-1.0
      M. Chapman 3B42100101.262.355.513.8684.0
      M. Olson 1B41200111.246.352.492.8445.5
      M. Canha DH51231004.224.346.567.91310.0
      R. Grossman LF40120002.220.329.362.6913.0
      C. Pinder RF50100022.268.307.449.7550.0
      R. Laureano CF51100012.237.292.362.6532.5
      N. Hundley C41321100.237.274.424.69811.0
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      Y. Petit P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      F. Rodney P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      L. Trivino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Soria P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS30200212.296.349.513.8623.5
        J. Kipnis 2B50100003.218.301.336.6371.0
        C. Santana DH31100212.291.409.491.9004.5
        J. Bauers 1B51121035.227.312.360.6725.5
        J. Ramirez 3B40100012.196.296.302.5980.5
        M. Freeman LF20000211.240.429.280.7091.5
        O. Mercado RF40000014.238.333.381.714-0.5
        L. Martin CF40100013.227.308.374.6820.5
        K. Plawecki C40100012.151.250.302.5521.5
        J. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        D. Otero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. Clippard P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        T. Olson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        Total34282161024-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Olson 2 (3), M. Canha (2), R. Laureano (7), N. Hundley (3)
          • HR - M. Canha (7), N. Hundley (2)
          • SF - R. Grossman
          • RBI - M. Canha 3 (14), R. Grossman 2 (14), N. Hundley 2 (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Canha 2 (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Semien 3 (3), J. Profar 3 (3), M. Chapman, R. Grossman 2 (2), C. Pinder 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Santana (9), K. Plawecki (5)
          • HR - J. Bauers (5)
          • RBI - J. Bauers 2 (17)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Lindor 2 (2), J. Kipnis, J. Bauers 3 (3), J. Ramirez 2 (2), L. Martin, K. Plawecki 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Semien (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Semien-Profar-Olson; Semien-Chapman-Olson)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Ramirez (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Montas (W, 6-2)6.05002902.401.1325.5
          Y. Petit1.00001002.100.742.0
          F. Rodney0.02222019.422.23-6.0
          L. Trivino1.00000102.781.103.5
          J. Soria1.01001004.561.141.0
          Total9.08226101---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Montas (W, 6-2)6.0
          Y. Petit1.0
          F. Rodney0.0
          L. Trivino1.0
          J. Soria1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Rodriguez (L, 1-4)4.07544314.081.36-6.5
          D. Otero2.03110013.151.452.0
          T. Clippard1.02110303.860.861.5
          T. Olson2.01000103.291.615.5
          Total9.01376472---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Rodriguez (L, 1-4)4.0
          D. Otero2.0
          T. Clippard1.0
          T. Olson2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - F. Montas (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Montas 101-64, Y. Petit 19-11, F. Rodney 19-8, L. Trivino 9-9, J. Soria 17-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Montas 4-5, Y. Petit 1-2, J. Soria 2-0
          • Batters Faced - F. Montas 25, Y. Petit 4, F. Rodney 4, L. Trivino 3, J. Soria 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Rodriguez (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Rodriguez 94-49, D. Otero 21-16, T. Clippard 20-13, T. Olson 28-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Rodriguez 5-5, D. Otero 4-2, T. Olson 4-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Rodriguez 24, D. Otero 9, T. Clippard 5, T. Olson 7
          • 8TH INNING
            Bauers homered to center, Santana scored72
          • 7TH INNING
            Hundley doubled to deep right center, Laureano scored70
          • 6TH INNING
            Canha homered to right center60
          • 4TH INNING
            Canha doubled to left center, Chapman scored50
          • 3RD INNING
            Grossman singled to right, Olson scored40
          • 2ND INNING
            Hundley homered to right30
          • 1ST INNING
            Grossman hit sacrifice fly to center, Chapman scored20
            Canha reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Semien scored, Chapman to third, Olson to second on 3rd baseman Ramirez fielding error10
          • 9TH INNING
            • T. Olson Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Laureano grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Hundley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hundley grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Joakim Soria relieved Lou Trivino
            • F. Lindor: Lindor singled to deep right
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kipnis grounded into double play shortstop to third to first, Lindor out at second
            • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Santana to second, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bauers grounded out to first
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tyler Olson relieved Tyler Clippard
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Chapman grounded out to third
            • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Olson doubled to deep right center
            • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Canha flied out to deep left
            • R. Grossman: Grossman grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Fernando Rodney relieved Yusmeiro Petit
            • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
            • J. Bauers: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bauers homered to center, Santana scored
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez singled to left
            • M. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked, Ramirez to second
            • Lou Trivino relieved Fernando Rodney
            • O. Mercado: Foul, Foul, Mercado popped out to second
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Martin flied out to left
            • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Plawecki struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Tyler Clippard relieved Dan Otero
            • C. Pinder: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Laureano doubled to deep left
            • N. Hundley: Ball, Hundley doubled to deep right center, Laureano scored
            • M. Semien: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Frankie Montas
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Martin grounded out to first
            • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Plawecki lined out to right
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lindor walked
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kipnis popped out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Otero Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Chapman grounded out to third
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Olson grounded out to first
            • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Canha homered to right center
            • R. Grossman: Grossman flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez popped out to third
            • M. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Mercado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Freeman out at second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Dan Otero relieved Jefry Rodriguez
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Foul, Pinder grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Laureano grounded out to third
            • N. Hundley: Ball, Hundley singled to center
            • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Semien singled to center, Hundley to second
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Profar flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • K. Plawecki: Ball, Ball, Plawecki grounded out to shortstop
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
            • J. Kipnis: Kipnis singled to right, Lindor to second
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
            • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Chapman singled to center
            • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • M. Canha: Ball, Chapman to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Canha doubled to left center, Chapman scored
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman flied out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ramirez struck out, reached on wild pitch
            • M. Freeman: Freeman lined out to right
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercado struck out swinging
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson doubled to left center
            • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Foul, Canha grounded out to third
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Grossman singled to right, Olson scored
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Pinder reached on an infield single to second, Grossman to second
            • R. Laureano: Laureano lined out to center, Grossman to third
            • N. Hundley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hundley walked, Pinder to second
            • M. Semien: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Semien fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis grounded out to first
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to first
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • R. Laureano: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Laureano struck out looking
            • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hundley homered to right
            • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Foul, Semien singled to left center
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Profar grounded out to second, Semien to second
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Semien stole third, Chapman grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Mercado lined out to center
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Martin singled to right
            • K. Plawecki: Plawecki doubled to deep left, Martin to third
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Profar flied out to left
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked, Semien to second
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Olson walked, Semien to third, Chapman to second
            • M. Canha: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Canha reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Semien scored, Chapman to third, Olson to second on 3rd baseman Ramirez fielding error
            • R. Grossman: Grossman hit sacrifice fly to center, Chapman scored
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Pinder grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor singled to deep right
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Kipnis lined out to center
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Santana doubled to deep left, Lindor to third
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez flied out to left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)