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Spacious Coliseum not friendly to Tribe in loss

By PAUL HOYNES • Updated Jun 30, 2018 at 1:19 AM

OAKLAND — The game started with Francisco Lindor getting a faceful of knee from Marcus Semien on an attempted steal of second base in the first inning. Not only was Lindor out, but he wobbled back to the dugout trying to remember what state he was in.

The Indians, taking a cue from their shortstop, kept wobbling the rest of Friday night in a 3-1 loss to the Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. It was the second time on this nine-game, 10-city trip that they've been held to one or fewer runs. The were shut out by St. Louis, 4-0, on Monday night.

Trevor Bauer (7-6, 2.45) allowed just two runs, but they looked like a dozen because the Tribe's offense did so little against right-hander Paul Blackburn and the A's bullpen.

Bauer, who walked one and struck out eight, allowed a two-out single to Semien in the second inning and a two-out double to Khris Davis in the sixth to account for his runs.

It was Bauer's 15th quality start this season, but it could not stop the Indians from falling to 1-3 on this trip.

Blackburn (2-2, 6.46), who came off the 60-day disabled list on June 7, threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out five and walked one in just his fifth start of the season.

In his last start, Blackburn allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings in a 10-3 loss to the White Sox. The A's, coming off an 8-2 trip, have won five straight and three of their last four series against the Indians.

Losing to Blackburn should keep some of the Indians hitters up at night. The Oakland bullpen is another story.

"The back end of their bullpen is very good," said manager Terry Francona before the game.

Oakland is 31-0 when leading after seven innings this season. The Indians, however, finally emerged from whatever fog they were in to at least make it close.

Pinch-hitter Yan Gomes doubled with one out in the eighth and scored on Lindor's long double to center to make it 2-1. Michael Brantley, however, struck out against Yusmeiro Petit to end the inning.

Zach McAllister, after striking out Chad Pinder with the bases loaded to end the seventh, gave up up a leadoff homer to Jed Lowrie in the eighth on an 0-2 pitch to make it 3-1. It was Lowrie's 14th homer and the seventh McAllister has allowed this season.

Ryan Buchter, Petit and closer Brandon Treinen completed the six-hitter for Blackburn. Treinen pitched the ninth for his 18th straight save and 21st overall.

Lindor opened the game with a single. He tried to steal second, but was thrown out by catcher Jonathan Lucroy. In the process, he slid face first into Semien's knee. Lindor stayed on the ground behind second base for several minutes before rising and slowly making his way off the field.

What it means

The Indians have lost six straight against the A's at the Coliseum.

The pitches

Blackburn threw 98 pitches, 59 (60 percent) for strikes. Bauer threw 108 pitches, 71 (66 percent) for strikes.

Thanks for coming

The Indians and A's drew 14,823 fans to the Coliseum on Friday night. First pitch was at 10:07 p.m. with a temperature of 69 degrees.

Up next

Rookie right-hander Adam Plutko (4-1, 4.65) will face the A's and veteran right-hander Edwin Jackson (0-0, 1.50) at 4:10 p.m. on Saturday. SportsTime Ohio, WTAM and WMMS will carry the game. Jackson is 9-1 with a 2.76 ERA in his career against the Tribe.

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