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In ode to Warriors, A's troll Houston and Cleveland after beating Astros

In ode to Warriors, A's troll Houston and Cleveland after beating Astros

During the recently completed NBA playoffs, the Warriors defeated the Rockets and Cavs to win their second straight NBA title and third in four years.

On Thursday, the scorching hot A's rallied to beat the Astros 6-4, taking three of four from the defending champs in Houston.

The series win in Houston comes after the A's went to Cleveland and took two of three from the Indians.

After Thursday's win, the A's noted that Oakland teams usually beat Houston and then Cleveland, referring to the order of the Warriors' wins. In this case, the A's decided to "switch up the order."

A's drop road trip opener in Cleveland

A's drop road trip opener in Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- Carlos Carrasco returned from the disabled list - and returned to the win column - as Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion drove in three runs apiece, leading the Cleveland Indians to their fifth straight victory, 10-4 over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

Carrasco (9-5) shook off two homers measuring over 900 combined feet in the first two innings and pitched into the sixth in his first start since being drilled on the right elbow by a line drive on June 16. He struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings and showed no rustiness despite the layoff.

Francisco Lindor stole home as the AL Central-leading Indians won their eighth straight home game. Cleveland is an MLB-best 56-21 at Progressive Field since the All-Star break last season.

Matt Olson and Dustin Fowler homered for the A's, who lost for just the second time in 10 games since June 25.

Oakland closed to 6-4 in the seventh and had the bases loaded with two out. But Neil Ramirez struck out A's cleanup hitter Khris Davis to end the threat.

The Indians then put it away with four runs in bottom of the inning, highlighted by Lindor swiping home on the back end of a double steal. With one out, Ramirez broke for second and Lindor waited for the throw to go through before taking off and scoring with a headfirst slide.

Carrasco's season nearly took a dramatic turn for the worst when he was struck by Joe Mauer's wicked comebacker last month. Luckily, he escaped with just a bad bruise and manager Terry Francona felt fortunate to have his No. 2 starter back.

"When I saw him, my eyes lit up," Francona said before the game. "He's one of our mainstays."

Carrasco's comeback didn't start ideally as he was quickly in a 2-0 hole.

Fowler connected on his fourth pitch, driving it 467 feet into the lower seats in right for his sixth homer this season and first of his career leading off a game.

Olson opened the second inning with a 438-foot homer into the shrubs beyond the ball in center field, giving him 19 this season and 43 in 157 career games - the fifth-fastest pace in MLB history. Only Rudy York (51), Mark McGwire (49), Gary Sanchez (48) and Ryan Braun (47) have been more prodigious out of the gate than Olson.

The Indians got a run back in the second, helped by catcher Jonathan Lucroy's throwing error. He tried to pick Encarnacion off at first, but his throw was high and Cleveland's DH went to second and scored - running through third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh's signal to stop - on Jason Kipnis' single.

With Indians fans chanting "Jo-se, Jo-se, Jo-se, Jose," Ramirez ripped a two-run double off the wall in right to give the Indians a 3-2 lead in the third. He moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Encarnacion's sacrifice fly to left.


Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (strained shoulder) threw a pregame bullpen session and could be activated this weekend. The 30-year-old has been on the disabled list since May 19.

Indians: Francona said OF Lonnie Chisenhall will miss "considerable time" with his strained left calf. He was placed on the disabled list Tuesday in Kansas City. Francona said the club should have a better sense of how long Chisenhall will be out once he is seen by team doctors.


Corey Kluber, who is 7-1 with a 1.60 ERA at home, tries to become the first Cleveland pitcher to win 13 games before the All-Star break since Gaylord Perry (15) in 1974. Oakland's Edwin Jackson pitched into the seventh and beat the Indians on June 30.

A's six-game winning streak ends as Indians make Coliseum history

A's six-game winning streak ends as Indians make Coliseum history


OAKLAND -- Francisco Lindor homered and hit two of Cleveland's 11 doubles Sunday as the Indians ended the Oakland Athletics' six-game winning streak with a 15-3 romp.

Edwin Encarnacion also homered and Jose Ramirez, Yonder Alonso and Lonnie Chisenhall each added two doubles. The Indians nearly matched the team record of 12 doubles set against Minnesota in 1996. The 11 doubles are the most by a team in a single game in the 50-year history of the Coliseum.

Alonso had four hits and three RBIs. Cleveland broke open the game with an eight-run eighth inning - its first 10 batters reached without an out.

Mike Clevinger (7-3) allowed three runs over six uneven innings as the AL Central leaders avoided a sweep.

Cleveland led 5-3 before its big eighth, getting five singles, two doubles, two walks and a hit batter before the A's recorded an out. When Yan Gomes hit a comebacker to pitcher Josh Lucas for the first out, the Coliseum crowd of 16,164 erupted in mock cheers.

Khris Davis had two hits for the A's. Oakland had won 12 of 14 going into the day, but left the bases loaded in the first and struggled to get much going after that.

The Indians were outscored 10-3 in the first two games of the series and were on the verge of being swept for the second time this season before breaking out against A's starter Frankie Montas (4-2) and four relievers.

Lindor struck out in his first at-bat, doubled in his next two and hit his 21st home run in the seventh. The Indians leadoff hitter later drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth.

Encarnacion also homered in the seventh, his 20th this season.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (right elbow contusion) threw 58 pitches over four innings of a rehab start with Double-A Akron.

Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman (right thumb contusion) took batting practice before the game and will begin a rehab stint with Single-A Stockton on Monday.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (11-4, 2.54 ERA) pitches against the Royals in Kansas City on Monday, coming off the shortest start of his career.

Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt (1-3, 2.82) faces the San Diego Padres on Monday in his second start since getting called up from the minors for the fifth time this season.