A's Keep Rolling, Beat Indians For Sixth Straight Win

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland's Mark Ellis homered to break the franchise record for second baseman and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 8-4 on Saturday to extend their winning streak to six games.

Ellis homered in the second inning off Indians starter Jeremy Sowers, the 79th of his career and the 77th he's hit while playing second base for the A's, to move past Dick Green on the club's all-time list.

Matt LaPorta had two hits and scored in the fourth when the Indians scored three of their four runs. Cleveland has lost 10 straight on the road and 17 of 21 overall.

Kurt Suzuki doubled and scored in the first, singled and scored in the second then homered leading off the fourth. Oakland's catcher walked and flew out to center in his final two at-bats.

Reliever Brad Kilby (1-0) struck out three in 1 2-3 innings for his first major league win. Kilby retired the first five batters he faced before giving up a one-out single in the sixth.

Jeff Gray, Jerry Blevins, Brad Ziegler and Michael Wuertz completed the nine-hitter for Oakland, which can match its longest winning streak of the season by beating completing the series sweep Sunday.

After Rajai Davis struck out leading off the first, the next six Oakland batters had hits, including Ellis who got the rally started with his home run to right center. Scott Hairston, Bobby Crosby and Cliff Pennington all had RBI singles to help the A's to a 4-0 lead.

Ellis scored on a wild pitch and Crosby singled in Suzuki to make it 6-0 in the second when Oakland chased Sowers (6-10) after one-plus innings. The Cleveland lefty allowed nine hits and walked one in the shortest start of his career.

Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez didn't last much longer.

Staked to a six-run lead, the A's left-hander allowed just one hit through the first three innings but ran into trouble in the fourth. Shin-Soo Choo doubled leading off the inning and later scored along with LaPorta when Kelly Shoppach's grounder went between the legs and under the glove of third baseman Bobby Crosby for an error.

Trevor Crowe added an RBI single to cut the A's lead to 6-3 but Suzuki homered in the fourth and Oakland added another run in the fifth to pull away.

Crowe and Jamey Carroll, who singled in Shoppach in the eighth, had two hits apiece for the Indians.

Notes: Oakland OF Matt Carson singled to right in the fifth for his first major league hit. He finished 2 for 4. ... The A's recalled OF Travis Buck, RHP Henry Rodriguez and RHP John Meloan from the minors before the game. ... Suzuki has 79 RBIs and is attempting to become the first catcher to lead the A's in that category since Frankie Hayes in 1944 when the club was still in
Philadelphia. ... Every Oakland starter had at least one hit. ... Indians CF Michael Brantley walked twice and has reached base safely in 16 of 17 games since being called up from the minors on Sept. 1.