OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Terrence Long was looking for a certain
pitch and got it.
Long hit a game-winning double with two outs in the ninth inning
Sunday to give the Oakland Athletics a 4-3 victory over Cleveland
and a three-game sweep of the Indians.
"I took the previous pitch, and it was a cutter outside,'' said
Long, who had been 1-for-10 in the series. "I figured he would
come in with a fastball.''
Erubiel Durazo had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for
the A's, who won their fourth straight overall and beat the Indians
for the eighth consecutive time.
Jody Gerut, who made his major league debut on Saturday, had
three hits for the Indians (7-18), off to their worst start since
going 4-21 in 1969. The Indians have lost a season-high six
straight and nine of 11.
Durazo led off the ninth with a single off Danys Baez (0-3). Two
outs later, Long hit a 2-2 pitch into the right-center field gap
and Durazo scored standing up.
"I told him before the game I don't hit many home runs, so he
has to run,'' Long said. "The guy can move once he gets going and
I thought he'd score since there were two outs.''
Baez gave up the game-winning hit for the second time in a week.
He gave up Mike Cameron's grand slam in Seattle on Tuesday, and
this was his first appearance since.
"I thought he threw a good pitch,'' Cleveland manager Eric
Wedge said. "He was much more under control today and I like the
way he handled himself. Obviously it's not the result we wanted.''
Ricardo Rincon (1-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the
victory, striking out four. He hasn't allowed a run in his last
"Never underestimate the power of being in games late,'' said
Wedge. "But it's not enough. The next step is to finish things.''
Oakland starter Tim Hudson gave up three runs, seven hits and
four walks in seven innings, getting his third no-decision. Hudson,
who struck out six, had 10 no-decisions last year.
"I've felt better but this was nothing to worry about,'' said
Hudson. "I just fell out of synch a couple of times.''
Cleveland starter C.C. Sabathia allowed three runs and six hits
in seven innings in his second career start in Oakland, 40 miles
from his home in Vallejo. He struck out five and walked two.
Sabathia has gone winless in his last six starts, tying his
longest stretch without a victory.
The A's cut the lead in half in the fourth on Durazo's single.
Hudson walked Matt Lawton with the bases loaded, forcing home a
run in the fifth and giving Cleveland a 3-1 lead.
The A's tied the game in the sixth with the help of an unearned
run. Mark Ellis and Scott Hatteberg singled to open the inning and
Miguel Tejada walked. Sabathia then fielded Durazo's chopper up the
third-base line and threw it into left field for an error.
"This was definitely my best start,'' said Sabathia. "I just
made the one mistake on the fielding error and that pretty much
cost us the game.''
A's 3B Eric Chavez and OF Chris Singleton both were given
the day off. ... Indians RHP Jason Bere threw 40 pitches in a
simulated game and reported no problems. ... A's LHP John Halama,
who took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning Saturday, was moved
ahead of LHP Ted Lilly in the rotation and will start on Thursday.
... Garcia stopped an 0-for-15 streak with his third-inning single.
... Durazo has 12 RBIs in his last 11 games. .. The Indians are
2-for-20 with the bases loaded. ... SS Omar Vizquel needs one
stolen base to move into second place on Cleveland's career list
with Terry Turner (1904 to 1918) with 254. Kenny Lofton is the
leader with 450. ... Hudson's 7.14 career ERA against the Indians
is his highest against any team.