Salazar gives up 1 hit in 8 innings as Indians beat A's
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Danny Salazar thought about asking for the chance to finish his start Friday night. He decided against it, wanting to include the bullpen.
Salazar allowed one hit over eight innings, Michael Bourn doubled in the tiebreaking run in the ninth and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 for their third straight win.
''I was ready to go back out there,'' Salazar said. ''The bullpen is part of this team too.''
Indians pitchers threw complete games in each of the previous three games. This time, Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 23 chances.
Lonnie Chisenhall had three hits, stole a base and scored the go-ahead run for the Indians, who were 3-8 before their little spurt.
''It feels good to get a win, especially the way Danny went out and pitched,'' Chisenhall said. ''It was good to put some at bats together.''
Salazar (9-6) struck out four, walked one and ended a two-game slide. He has a 1.53 ERA over his last four starts and 29 1-3 innings.
''This team has so much energy, and we're having fun out there,'' Salazar said
Edward Mujica (2-3) was the loser.
Oakland went ahead in the third when third baseman Giovanny Urshela mishandled Marcus Semien's grounder for an error, allowing Mark Canha to score. Canha walked to open the inning and reached third on Eric Sogard's single.
Salazar retired his next 18 hitters. He also set down his first six.
Oakland starter Kendall Graveman rebounded from his shortest outing this season, giving up an unearned run and five hits over 6 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out seven.
Graveman allowed four runs and seven hits in 1 1-3 innings against San Francisco on Sunday and had yielded 14 runs in his previous three starts and 12 1-3 innings.
''I was getting ahead of hitters and trusting everything I threw,'' Graveman said. ''The changeup was big tonight. I got a few swing-and-misses on the change.''
Cleveland tied the score in the seventh when Yan Gomes singled with two outs, Lonnie Chisenhall doubled and Semien's throwing error on Urshela' grounder to shortstop allowed Gomes to score.
Indians: Right-hander Josh Tomlin was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Columbus. ... The Indians traded left-hander Marc Rzepczynski to San Diego for outfielder Abraham Almonte, who was optioned to Columbus. ... Right-hander Toru Murata was sent outright to Columbus. and Cleveland recalled outfielder Jerry Sands. ''With Jerry, we wanted a situation, when we brought him back, we'd be able to keep him,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''He doesn't have options, so we wanted to wait until we were sure we could keep him.''
Athletics: Outfielder Coco Crisp is expected to play in at least one more rehab game and rejoin the team on Sunday. ... Left-hander Sean Doolittle is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday and could advance to pitching batting practice if all goes well.
Indians: Right-hander Cody Anderson (2-2, 3.26) starts Saturday. He allowed seven runs and eight hits, including a pair of home runs, in his last start. Anderson is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA in three career road starts and has yet to walk a batter away from home.
Athletics: Right-hander Aaron Brooks (0-0, 6.23) makes his Oakland debut in Saturday's contest. Acquired from Kansas City for Ben Zobrist on Tuesday, Brooks will be making his second career start and his first since May 31, 2014.