A's cap sweep with 13-3 rout


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians are looking for answers to turn around their season.

Sunday's 13-3 loss to Oakland was Cleveland's fourth straight and sixth in its past eight games.

The defeat also completed a three-game sweep in which the Indians were outscored 30-6.

Manager Terry Francona, who made several lineup changes before the game, is still searching for solutions to get his team, which is in last place in the AL Central, going in the right direction.

"What we're doing right now is not good enough, we've got to play better," he said. "That's on me. I need to have better answers and have our guys more prepared. And we will."

After playing three games against the leaders in the AL West, it won't get any easier with Detroit, which is in first place in the Central, coming to town for a three-game series starting Monday.

The Indians realize they're heading into that matchup on a down note.

"We got beat in every facet of the game -- pitching, defense, timely hitting," said outfielder Michael Bourn, whose leadoff homer in the first gave the Indians a short-lived lead. "We got embarrassed on our home field. We've got to find a way to fix it and fix it fast."

Nothing went right for the Indians all weekend. Justin Masterson (2-3) gave up seven runs in 4 1-3 innings, including four in the fifth. He walked five batters and struck out one.

The right-hander struggled with his command all day, but it completely fell apart in the fifth when the Athletics built their lead to 7-1.

"I don't have a lot of good words," Masterson said. "Real frustrated."

Yoenis Cespedes, who had a career-high five RBIs, hit consecutive doubles to drive in four runs. Josh Donaldson, with another RBI Sunday, had seven for the series.

The Athletics added two runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and three more in the eighth.

Francona attempted to inject some life into his struggling offense, dropping Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana in the order. Swisher, the No. 2 hitter for most of the season, was moved to the sixth spot. Carlos Santana batted seventh after hitting cleanup in all 42 of his previous starts.

Santana was hitless in four at-bats while Swisher was 0 for 5 and committed an error in the seventh. Swisher fielded a routine grounder to end the inning and was given a sarcastic cheer by the small crowd of 14,872.

Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall also had an error, giving the Indians a major-league high 45.

Francona has been reluctant to make changes to the lineup, but thinks the time has finally come.

The changes didn't matter much against Jesse Chavez (4-1), who gave up two runs in five innings.

Bourn led off the first with a home run, and Michael Brantley added another solo shot in the fifth, extending his home hitting streak to 15 games. Brantley walked with the bases loaded in the sixth.

Cleveland couldn't have looked much worse in the series. On Friday, Zach McAllister struck out the side in the first, only to be knocked out in the second after giving up eight runs. The Indians had three more errors in Saturday's loss.


ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Albert Pujols hit a pair of solo homers against David Price, and Matt Shoemaker took a shutout into the seventh inning to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 Sunday.

Shoemaker (2-1) was charged with a run and two hits in six-plus innings. He struck out six, five days after earning his first major league win with a 4-3 victory at Philadelphia.

Price (4-4) gave up six runs -- five earned -- and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. Kevin Kiermaier hit his first big league homer for the Rays.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Gordon went 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run homers and a career-high six RBIs as Kansas City beat Baltimore.

Gordon connected off Ubaldo Jimenez (2-5) with two outs in the fifth inning. Gordon, who led the Royals with 20 home runs last year, had gone 134 at-bats without one.

James Shields (6-3) picked up his fifth win in six starts, holding the Orioles to three runs over seven innings.


MINNEAPOLIS -- Felix Hernandez pitched eight strong innings and Robinson Cano had four hits in Seattle's victory over Minnesota.

Hernandez (5-1) continued his recent domination of the Twins, giving up two runs and seven hits while striking out five and walking one. In his past four starts against Minnesota, Hernandez has pitched 34 innings and allowed three earned runs with 30 strikeouts.

Ricky Nolasco (2-4) allowed three runs in five innings.


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mitch Moreland hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning, Alex Rios had a two-run triple and Texas avoided a three-game sweep with a victory against Toronto.

Making his second straight start at first base with Prince Fielder sidelined by a neck strain, Moreland hit a line drive just over the wall in right field off R.A. Dickey (4-4) to break a 2-all tie.

Aaron Poreda (2-0) got the win for the Rangers, who snapped a four-game losing streak.


HOUSTON -- Matt Dominguez homered twice and had four RBIs to lead Houston past Chicago.

Dominguez hit his sixth and seventh homers of the season off lefty John Danks (3-4). Both came with Dexter Fowler on base.

Backed by early run support, Brad Peacock (1-4) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. The Astros scored two runs or fewer in six of Peacock's previous nine outings.

Chicago played without rookie slugger Jose Abreu, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with ankle tendinitis.




NEW YORK -- Josh Harrison homered in the seventh inning to make up for a baserunning blunder and made a diving catch in left field that helped preserve Pittsburgh's first win in the Bronx since the 1960 World Series.

Yangervis Solarte homered and singled for the Yankees, who had won four straight. Alfredo Aceves (0-2) took the loss.

Gerrit Cole (4-3), who turned down the Yankees when they drafted him in 2008 to go to UCLA, struck out eight in six sharp innings to help the Pirates snap a three-game skid.

In the opener, New York scored all its runs in the first two innings off Charlie Morton (0-6).

Hiroki Kuroda (3-3) allowed three runs in six innings for his first win since April 12. David Robertson got four outs for his eighth save.


ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Doumit scored on a wild pitch and the Atlanta Braves got two runs in the ninth inning to rally past the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Freddie Freeman started a ninth-inning rally with a leadoff single off St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal (0-2).

Dan Carpenter (3-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win. Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances. The save was the 150th of Kimbrel's career.


SAN FRANCISCO -- Pablo Sandoval homered for the first time in more than a month, Ryan Vogelsong won for just the second time in nine starts, and San Francisco salvaged a split of the four-game series.

Staked to an early lead, Vogelsong (2-2) struck out six in seven innings as the Giants concluded a season-long stretch with 17 games in as many days. San Francisco avoided its first three-game home losing streak.

Turner (0-2) is still searching for his first road win, falling to 0-11 in 18 career road starts.


CHICAGO -- Travis Wood pitched two-hit ball for seven innings and Chicago got home runs from Welington Castillo and Mike Olt.

Wood (4-4) allowed two runs and struck out seven for the Cubs, who took two of three from the NL Central leaders to win a series for the second time this season. The left-hander walked three, all in the first inning.

Marco Estrada (3-2) gave up four runs and seven hits -- five doubles and two homers -- in five innings. In nine games this season, Estrada has served up 12 home runs, second-most in the majors.


DENVER -- Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and Colorado turned the third triple play in team history in its win over San Diego.

After Carlos Gonzalez singled earlier in the inning, Morneau lined a 3-2 fastball from Dale Thayer (2-2) to straightaway center. He was mobbed at home by his teammates.

Nick Masset (1-0) pitched a perfect 10th for his first win with Colorado. LaTroy Hawkins blew his first save of the season in the ninth as he surrendered a tying two-run homer to Everth Cabrera.


PHOENIX -- Cody Ross hit his first home run of the year, Eric Chavez went deep for the second consecutive day and Arizona won a home series for the first time this season.

After setting a team record for runs Saturday night in an 18-5 rout, the Diamondbacks broke a 3-all tie with Chavez's soaring, two-run shot off Dan Haren (5-2) in the fifth inning.

Josh Collmenter (2-2) went 5 1/3 innings to get the win. Addison Reed threw a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.


WASHINGTON -- Wilson Ramos drove in four runs and Ian Desmond homered to help Jordan Zimmermann earn his first win in three starts for Washington.

Desmond's solo shot tied the score in the second inning and Ramos' two-run double in the third put the Nationals ahead for good. The catcher drove in two more with a bases-loaded single in the fifth off starter Zack Wheeler (1-4), staking Washington to a 5-1 lead.

Zimmermann (3-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings hours after Washington put left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder.

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