CLEVELAND -- Athletics starter Sean Manaea delivered a dominant performance on Wednesday, going seven strong innings behind Chad Pinder's first career multi-homer game to lead the A's to a 3-1 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field.
Manaea -- who retired the first 10 batters he faced -- picked up his fourth win of the season, holding the Indians to one run on three hits in his 99-pitch outing. The left-hander struck out nine and issued only one walk. Santiago Casilla recorded his eighth save of the season.
"Being able to throw all my pitches for strikes was big," said Manaea, who has completed seven innings in two straight starts, his last at Yankee Stadium. "Everything just seemed to be working, everything was clicking.
"This whole year it's kind of been a mental thing, just not having confidence in myself and trusting in my stuff. New York was finally the turning point. I was upset with myself and how I had been thinking, and just having a different mindset has been huge. I took that into today, and I felt like I had a good outing."
Pinder hit his sixth and seventh homers of the season in the third and fifth innings, respectively, off Indians starter Mike Clevinger. The shortstop finished with a career-high three hits and drove in all three of the team's runs.
"That was awesome but even better that we got the win," Pinder said after the A's halted a four-game skid. "That's the most important thing."
The only run that the Indians managed to score off Manaea came in the third inning, when shortstop Francisco Lindor hit a solo shot to the seats in left for his 12th homer of the season.
Clevinger took his second loss of the season. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings.
"He left two breaking balls to Pinder that got hit," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Clevinger. "Other than that, he was really good. I think if he gets 6 2/3 [innings] and three [runs], most nights we're talking about how well he did."
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Pinder strikes twice: Following his solo homer in the third inning, Pinder once again got the better of Clevinger in the fifth. Pinder waited on a 2-2 curveball middle-in and drove it a projected 448 feet to the bleachers in left-center for his second home run of the game, giving the A's the 3-1 lead. Per Statcast™, Pinder's second homer had an exit velocity of 108 mph with a launch angle of 28 degrees.
"We're going to find some way to get him some more at-bats. The power speaks for itself," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We've seen it enough to know that it's not a fluke. He's hit some balls close to 500 feet, and those two balls are no-doubters here on nights where every ball to left field you weren't sure if it was going to go or not." More >
Ramirez's miscue ends rally: After striking out Edwin Encarnacion to open the fifth, Manaea walked Jose Ramirez on five pitches, bringing the tying run to the plate in the form of Austin Jackson. Ramirez broke for second on Manaea's 2-2 pitch to Jackson, who sent a sharp liner to left fielder Khris Davis for the second out. Ramirez was standing on second when Davis made the catch and could not retreat in time, resulting in a 7-6-3 double play to end the inning.
"He was straight stealing," Francona said. "He ended up sliding, so he obviously didn't hear the crack of the bat. He got up, and he was actually a step on the third-base side. So by then, it was too late."
"He was really good. He's kind of across his body with [his] fastball, he's got some run. Kind of got a funky arm slot. And then changeup, breaking ball. And you know what? He pitched really good. We had a hard time getting the hitting going. Frankie hit a ball good early, then he hit the home run. But other than that, he did a number on us." -- Francona, on Manaea's performance
"I was completely out front. It was just a two-strike approach. I was just trying to put the ball in play, and it just so happened it went out. The one before, I felt like I hit it, but I wasn't trying to swing hard. And then that one, I felt like I was more aggressive with my hips, but I wasn't trying to hit it hard. I was just trying to be a little more quicker because I felt like the one before he beat me a little bit. And it just went out. Good, old Cleveland." -- Lindor, on his home run
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Lindor's fourth-inning home run gives the Indians at least one homer in 16 straight games dating back to May 14. The Tribe has hit 28 total home runs in that stretch. The 16-game streak marks the longest home run streak for the club since it homered in 17 consecutive games from Oct. 5, 2001, to April 17, 2002.
With Pinder's two home runs, he and Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton are now the only two players this season to hit two homers with an exit velocity of at least 108 mph and a projected distance of at least 420 feet in a single game, per Statcast™.
Athletics: The A's will have right-hander Jharel Cotton on the mound in Thursday's 9:10 a.m. PT series finale with the Indians at Progressive Field. Oakland recalled Cotton from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday for a start in New York, where he allowed three runs across 5 2/3 innings against the Yankees.
Indians: Right-hander Corey Kluber (3-2, 5.06 ERA) will be activated from the disabled list to start Thursday's 12:10 p.m. ET series finale against the A's at Progressive Field. Kluber will make his first start since May 2 against the Tigers, when he left the game after three innings with a lower back strain.
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