OAKLAND, Calif. — Jack Hannahan and Lou Marson had RBI singles in the 12th inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.
Hannahan’s bloop single to left field off reliever Craig Breslow (0-2) provided the go-ahead run, and Marson followed with another single to propel Cleveland to another late-inning rally. A night after their seven-game winning streak was snapped, the Indians won in their final at-bat for the seventh time this season.
Chad Durbin (2-1) pitched two innings for the win and Chris Perez earned his ninth save in 10 chances.
Ryan Sweeney had a career-high five hits and added two RBIs for the Athletics, who wasted another strong performance by starter Brett Anderson. He pitched nine innings and got a no-decision.
The Indians again showed why they have been one of baseball’s best and most surprising teams this season.
They overcame Sweeney’s tying RBI double in the eighth against reliever Vinnie Pestano and left 12 A’s on base over the game. Sweeney’s run-scoring single in the 12th brought Oakland within a run before Perez regrouped to get Hideki Matsui to pop out to short left and end the game.
The Indians found a way to outlast another pitcher at his peak for their first series win in Oakland since 2002.
Anderson retired the first 13 batters with relative ease, with only two outs even making it beyond the infield. Not until one out in the fifth inning did a Cleveland hitter finally reach base, and even that took some help.
Travis Hafner hit a hard ground ball to first baseman Daric Barton, who made a diving stop but bobbled the ball trying to transfer it out of his glove and toss it to Anderson hustling to cover the base.
The slow-to-score A’s struggled again to produce at the plate behind a sharp starter pitcher.
Anderson struck out five and allowed seven hits in nine innings, baffling Cleveland’s hitters on a sun-baked day at the Coliseum. He just didn’t get much support, a growing theme for Oakland’s starters this season.
Barton’s two-out, RBI-single in the fifth drove in Mark Ellis to give Oakland a 1-0 lead. The A’s stranded two more runners in the inning, with Conor Jackson grounding out to end the threat.
The Indians briefly got to Anderson with singles from Marson and Michael Brantley to open the sixth. Then Asdrubal Cabrera drove both home with a single up the middle to put the Indians ahead 2-1.
Indians starter Jeanmar Gomez allowed one run, six hits and two walks in 5 2-3 innings.
NOTES: A’s All-Star closer Andrew Bailey is scheduled to face hitters for the second time this week Saturday in Kansas City, manager Bob Geren said. Bailey hasn’t pitched this season because of a strained right forearm. ... The Indians gave CF Grady Sizemore the day off to rest. ... A’s CF Coco Crisp and DH Matsui also had scheduled days off with the quick turnaround after Wednesday night’s game. ... Cleveland RHP Mitch Talbot, on the DL with a strained elbow, is planning to throw another bullpen session this weekend while the team is in Anaheim.