Indians Beat Up A's 15-3

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CLEVELAND (AP) - Shin-Soo Choo homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 15-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night, snapping their five-game losing streak.

Choo had an RBI single, two-run double, three-run homer and capped his night with a solo shot, his 12th. It was Choo's second career multihomer game and the most RBIs by a Cleveland player since Grady Sizemore drove in seven Aug. 21 against Kansas City.

Cleveland, with the worst record in the AL at 32-49, won for only the third time in 16 games. Asdrubal Cabrera had three RBIs in the Indians' biggest output since a 22-4 win at Yankee Stadium on April 18. They scored only 13 runs and batted .195 during their five-game losing skid.

David Huff (4-3) gave up five doubles, but only three runs over six innings to improve to 4-1 in his last six starts.

Oakland opened a nine-game trip by losing for the seventh time in nine games as rookie Trevor Cahill (5-7) was backed by some shaky fielding. The right-hander gave up five earned runs over 3 2-3 innings, walking four. Three more runs scored after two throwing errors by third baseman Bobby Crosby.

The Athletics scored single runs in each of the first two innings. Adam Kennedy opened the game with a double and later scored on a groundout by Matt Holliday. Kurt Suzuki doubled to start the second and scored on a double by Nomar Garciaparra to make it 2-0. Huff stranded Garciaparra by getting three straight strikeouts.

Travis Hafner hit his ninth homer to get Cleveland to 2-1 in the bottom half.

Two bad throws by Crosby in the third helped the Indians go ahead, 4-2.

Ben Francisco reached when Crosby fielded his slow roller and threw wildly. Francisco scored on a two-out single by Choo to tie it at 2. After Hafner walked to load the bases, Jhonny Peralta topped a bouncer to Crosby, whose throw was offline to first baseman Garciaparra as two runs scored.

Jack Cust's RBI single got Oakland to 4-3 in the fourth.

Choo's two-run double keyed a four-run bottom half. Cabrera and Peralta had RBI singles in the rally.

Cabrera's two-run double off Santiago Casilla in the fifth put Cleveland ahead 10-3. Choo's three-run homer to right-center off former Indians left-hander Craig Breslow, made it 13-3.

Sizemore had an RBI double in the Indians' sixth. He went 2 for 2 with three walks, breaking an 0-for-11 skid.


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