Suzuki leads Athletics to win
OAKLAND – Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 on Thursday night.
Adam Kennedy doubled twice and drove in a run for the A’s, who have won four straight and nine of 11. Clayton Mortensen (2-2) pitched five innings to win his second consecutive start.
Trevor Crowe tripled home a run and Michael Brantley added an RBI groundout for the Indians, who have lost five straight and nine of 10. Lou Marson had a career-high three hits.
Mortensen (2-2) gave up two runs and four hits, struck out four and walked three. Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 29 chances, and has converted his last 20 opportunities.
Justin Masterson (4-8) lost his fourth straight decision, allowing five runs and six hits over four innings.
The A’s scored four times in the third to build a 5-0 lead. Cliff Pennington led off with a walk and scored on Kennedy’s second double. After Rajai Davis struck out, Ryan Sweeney walked and Suzuki followed with his 13th homer.
Suzuki has driven in 21 runs over his last 17 games despite hitting .219 over that span. He leads the A’s with 78 RBIs and is trying to become the first catcher to lead the team in the category since 1944.
Kennedy went 2 for 5 and is batting .383 in September, with 10 multihit games. Kennedy leads the A’s with 41 multihit games despite joining the team on May 8.
NOTES: In the eighth, Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch for the 15th time this season and Cleveland’s major league-high 78th plunking. … X-rays on Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera’s sore right knee were negative and he’s likely to return to the lineup on Saturday. … A’s RHP Vin Mazzaro will not pitch the rest of the season due to right shoulder tendinitis. … A’s LHP Dana Eveland will start Sunday’s series finale.
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