- Associated Press - Sunday, May 18, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians are looking for answers to turn around their season.

Sunday’s 13-3 loss to Oakland was Cleveland’s fourth straight and sixth in its past eight games.

The defeat also completed a three-game sweep in which the Indians were outscored 30-6.

Manager Terry Francona, who made several lineup changes before the game, is still searching for solutions to get his team, which is in last place in the AL Central, going in the right direction.

“What we’re doing right now is not good enough, we’ve got to play better,” he said. “That’s on me. I need to have better answers and have our guys more prepared. And we will.”

After playing three games against the leaders in the AL West, it won’t get any easier with Detroit, which is in first place in the Central, coming to town for a three-game series starting Monday.

The Indians realize they’re heading into that matchup on a down note.

“We got beat in every facet of the game - pitching, defense, timely hitting,” said outfielder Michael Bourn, whose leadoff homer in the first gave the Indians a short-lived lead. “We got embarrassed on our home field. We’ve got to find a way to fix it and fix it fast.”

Nothing went right for the Indians all weekend. Justin Masterson (2-3) gave up seven runs in 4 1-3 innings, including four in the fifth. He walked five batters and struck out one.

The right-hander struggled with his command all day, but it completely fell apart in the fifth when the Athletics built their lead to 7-1.

“I don’t have a lot of good words,” Masterson said. “Real frustrated.”

Yoenis Cespedes, who had a career-high five RBIs, hit consecutive doubles to drive in four runs. Josh Donaldson, with another RBI Sunday, had seven for the series.

The Athletics added two runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and three more in the eighth.

Francona attempted to inject some life into his struggling offense, dropping Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana in the order. Swisher, the No. 2 hitter for most of the season, was moved to the sixth spot. Carlos Santana batted seventh after hitting cleanup in all 42 of his previous starts.

Santana was hitless in four at-bats while Swisher was 0 for 5 and committed an error in the seventh. Swisher fielded a routine grounder to end the inning and was given a sarcastic cheer by the small crowd of 14,872.

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