OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The Cleveland Indians are having trouble scoring runs. It could get a lot worse if All-Star Jason Kipnis is put on the disabled list.
The Indians put together a strong first inning against Oakland ace Sonny Gray but had little success after that, wasting a strong outing by starting pitcher Trevor Bauer in a 2-1 loss in 10 innings to the Athletics on Sunday.
“We scored seven runs this series and probably lucky to get a split but we had a chance to get three out of four,” Francona said. “We have to do a better job at manufacturing runs or scoring runs. We’re getting good pitching but we have to win those games.”
Kipnis had an MRI on his sore right shoulder Sunday morning. Team officials will meet to determine the next step. General manager Chris Antonetti plans to join the Indians in Anaheim Monday.
Cleveland won the first two games of this four-game series while getting solid pitching from their starters.
Bauer matched Gray through six innings before leaving for Zach McAllister with two outs in the seventh. The Indians’ right-hander, coming off a complete game loss at home to Kansas City, struck out six and walked four.
Bauer followed suit and held the A’s down after giving up a two-out run in the fifth but the Indians failed to cash in on a scoring opportunity in the top of the 10th and lost on Mark Canha’s game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the inning.
Three of Bauer’s walks came in the fifth inning when Oakland scored its first run.
“That was the main issue,” Bauer said. “I got two quick outs and walk three people and gift them a run. I walked four people which is terrible and I gifted them a run and lost a game which we could have won.”
The Indians definitely let one get away. They had runners on base in eight of the 10 innings but stranded seven.
Cleveland had runners on second and third in the top of the 10th but Francisco Lindor struck out swinging against Oakland reliever Francisco Rodriguez (2-1) to end the inning.
The A’s made the Indians pay in the bottom half of the frame.
Sam Fuld singled off Cody Allen (1-3) before Canha hammered a 3-1 pitch off the wall in left-center. Fuld raced around third base and slid into home, easily beating the relay throw from Lindor.
Canha entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. It was the first game-ending hit of his career.
“My approach was to get to a fastball,” Canha said. “I’ve been getting jammed a lot lately so I just shortened everything up, tried to get a barrel on it, see what happens and it worked out.”
Lonnie Chisenhall singled and scored for Cleveland, which has lost two straight.
Jerry Sands hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning to put the Indians up early.
The A’s tied it on Billy Burns’ two-out RBI single in the fifth after Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer issued consecutive walks.
Gray overcame early command problems to go seven innings. He scattered four hits, struck out seven and walked four but remained winless at home since May 29.
Indians: With Kipnis out, Chisenhall batted in the leadoff spot for the first time this season.
Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (6-11) pitches the opener of a three-game series in Anaheim on Monday. Kluber has won just two of his 11 starts on the road this season.