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Question of the Day
Yoenis Cespedes drove in a career-high five runs and Brandon Moss had three RBIs to pace Oakland’s offense that began with an eight-run second inning Friday night and never let up.
“I would just use the word confident,” Moss said of his team’s offense. “Everybody’s going up there and taking good swings. We have guys who put together some good at-bats who have some pop. That usually leads to runs.”
The Athletics, who have won nine of 10, saved their best for the final game, pounding out 12 hits, including seven doubles, and drawing nine walks.
Cespedes’ two-run double was the key hit in Oakland’s four-run fifth. He also drove in two runs with another double in the eighth.
Moss was 3 for 3 with two walks and scored four runs. He had an RBI double in the fifth, a two-run double in the sixth and a triple in the second.
“All the guys we rely on to knock in runs are doing exactly what they’re supposed to do,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “That’s when we’re at our best.”
Jesse Chavez (4-1) gave up solo homers to Michael Bourn in the first and Michael Brantley in the fifth, accounting for both runs the right-hander allowed in five innings.
Cleveland has dropped four straight and six of eight. The Indians scored first in all three games, but were no match for Oakland, which leads the AL West with a 28-16 record.
Indians manager Terry Francona is impressed with the Athletics.
“They got it working right now,” he said. “They have good starting pitching, they’ve got a very good bullpen and they are swinging it from one through nine.”
Justin Masterson (2-3) allowed seven runs, seven hits and five walks in 4 1-3 innings.
Francona moved Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana, who have battled season-long slumps, down in the batting order, but the changes didn’t help the struggling offense, which has scored three runs or fewer 24 times in 44 games.
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