knows about bouncing back from adversity. He thinks the
Pavano (7-7) earned his first win in five starts, while No. 8 and 9 hitters
went a combined 6 for 6 to help Cleveland defeat the
5-2 on Saturday night.
''It feels great to win a couple in a row,'' said Pavano after the Indians earned their second consecutive win for the first
time since June 11-12. Cleveland's fourth win in 17 games overall stretched its winning streak to six against the Athletics
since April 12, 2008.
''Carl was really good, using all his pitches,'' Indians manager
said after the right-hander allowed two runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings to improve to 1-3 since pitching a shutout
Chicago White Sox
on June 5.
That gave the 33-year-old 99 innings pitched this season - more than double his total for his last three seasons in New York
and the most since he worked 100 innings in 2005 for the Yankees.
''I feel good, but there's still a half season to go,'' Pavano said. ''We're starting to get our lineup back together and
we've got to keep pushing forward.''
Francisco hit a two-run homer and
a solo shot for Cleveland while
worked the ninth for his first save since June 23 and 10th in 14 chances overall.
, whose 14-game hitting streak was snapped Friday, had three hits and an RBI for Oakland, which has lost eight of 10 and is
last in the AL West.
''We had eight hits, but they were all singles,'' Oakland manager
said. ''Obviously, a couple home runs from them was the big difference. Keeping the ball in the ballpark is a good recipe
for a pitcher. They did that.''
Oakland took a 1-0 lead on a first-inning sacrifice fly by
. The Athletics left the bases loaded when third baseman
made a leaping catch of a line drive by
that would have scored more.
''I had some great plays behind me,'' Pavano said. ''Balls caught tonight found holes in other games.''
Cleveland went ahead 3-1 in the third on an RBI single by Valbuena and two-run homer by Francisco - his first since May 27
and sixth overall.
''I've always said that when we have our guys healthy, we're capable of hitting one through nine in the order,'' said Wedge,
who used 76 different lineups in Cleveland's first 81 games.
Sizemore, whose 11th homer gave Cleveland a 4-1 lead in the sixth, believes the last-place Indians can still get back into
the AL Central race.
''There's a half season left and we have the talent to put a run together,'' Sizemore said.
Both teams turned in good defensive plays.
The Athletics stopped a Cleveland threat in the fifth when Valbuena singled with one out and tried to score from first on
a double by Francisco off the left-field wall. But shortstop
took the throw from center fielder
and relayed the ball home, where catcher
blocked the plate and tagged out Valbuena.
In the second, Oakland second baseman
turned a line drive by
into a double play by making a driving catch, easily doubling off Shin-Soo Choo from first base. In the eighth, Choo made
a diving catch in right of pinch-hitter
's bid for extra bases.
Cabrera's run-scoring single in the seventh got Oakland within 4-2 and gave the veteran a .355 (11-for-31) career average
Sizemore drove in another run with a broken-bat grounder in the seventh.
Mazzaro had allowed only one homer in six previous career starts since being called up June 2. The right-hander allowed five
runs and eight hits over six-plus innings and fell to 0-4 in his last five starts.
''The guys at the bottom of the order got me,'' Mazzaro said. ''I did a pretty decent with the middle of the order. That's
going to happen. I left the ball up too many times. It was probably my approach.''
NOTES: Cleveland C
was 0 for 4 and is on a 4-for-46 (.087) slump. ... When Cleveland OF Shin-Soo Choo had four runs, seven RBI and a stolen base
Friday night, he became the third player to do it since 1945, joining Hall of Famers
(1968) according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... Oakland C
, a candidate to make the AL All-Star team, has hit .362 (21-for-58) over his last 17 games.