Indians Have Solid Effort In 7-2 Triumph

Jake Westbrook

The Indians looked at home on the road Monday night as they played solid baseball in all aspects of the game in a 7-2 win over the host Oakland Athletics. Go figure. After looking lackluster on offense and disinterested on defense while losing five of six on a homestand, Cleveland played quite well against the AL West Division leaders. Cleveland rapped out 13 hits against six Oakland pitchers.

Jake Westbrook (13-10) pitched 7 2/3 strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) and nine hits, striking out five and getting 14 outs on grounders. His only walk was to the last batter he faced, Frank Thomas. Juan Lara then came on and got the final out of the eighth on one pitch.

Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer, his 16th, in the first inning to start Cleveland on its way to a 7-0 lead.

Casey Blake had a two-out, two-run double in the third, Hector Luna hit his sixth homer to open the fourth, drove in another run with a fielder's choice grounder in the fifth and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-0.

Martinez, Blake, Grady Sizemore, Andy Marte and Jhonny Peralta all had four hits. Sizemore went 2-for-3 to raise his career average to .440 (11-for-25) at Oakland. The only member of Cleveland's starting lineup without a hit was Jason Michaels, who did walk and score on Martinez's homer.

Rafael Betancourt retired the A's in order on four pitches in the ninth as Oakland had a four-game winning streak stopped.

Oakland, coming off a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champion Chicago White Sox, had its AL West lead drop to 6 1/2 games over the idle Los Angeles Angels.

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