There are few things going the Oakland Athletics ' way on the road recently, and now they can scratch off video review from that list.
After a controversial decision doomed them to another road defeat, the A's will try to salvage a win from this four-game set with the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Oakland (18-17) has dropped nine of 12 on the road, hitting .221 while the rotation has been charged with all of those defeats thanks to a 4.82 ERA.
Those struggles away from home include losing the first three games of this series with a .204 average and six total runs.
The A's certainly felt they deserved a better fate than a 4-3 loss Wednesday.
Adam Rosales hit an apparent game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning off closer Chris Perez , but it was ruled a double, even after a video review. Replays showed the ball clearing the wall and hitting a railing in left-center before caroming back onto the field, but the umpires ruled there wasn't enough evidence to overturn the initial call.
"Everybody else said it was a home run, including their announcers when I came in here later," manager Bob Melvin said. "I don't get it. I don't know what the explanation would be when everybody else in the ballpark knew it was a home run.
"Clearly, it hit the railing. I'm at a loss, I'm at a complete loss."
Now, Oakland will try to avoid losing four in a row for the third time this season, as Bartolo Colon (3-1, 3.62 ERA) takes the mound.
The right-hander allowed three runs and six hits - two homers - in 5 1-3 innings of a 4-2 defeat at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. It was the first time Oakland lost in his six starts this year.
"He didn't pitch bad," Melvin told the team's official website. "He gave up two home runs and a bloop hit. Most days that will keep you in the game and give you a chance to win."
Colon has won his last two starts against the Indians, yielding one run in 14 2-3 innings. He's made only three appearances in Cleveland since being traded from the Indians to the Montreal Expos in June 2002, going 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA in those starts, winning the most recent with the Los Angeles Angels on May 18, 2005.
Wednesday's win was the ninth in 10 games for the Indians (17-14), who are batting .331 with 20 homers and averaging 7.2 runs in those victories.
Michael Brantley has been at the forefront of that offense, hitting .366 during that stretch. He is 4 for 9 with an RBI in this series.
Scott Kazmir (1-1, 6.28) starts for Cleveland seeking back-to-back wins for the first time since a four-game streak with the Angels from June 2-18, 2010.
The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits in six innings of Saturday's 7-3 win over Minnesota in his first victory since Sept. 19, 2010.
Kazmir is trying to revive a once-promising career that was in serious danger after a series of injuries limited him to one game in 2011, before spending all of last year with the Sugar Land Skeeters.
"This dude was pitching independent ball last year," first baseman Nick Swisher said. "For him to be where he is now, he's got a lot left in the tank. I'm glad he's on our side."
Kazmir has lost his last two starts versus the A's in 2010, surrendering 15 runs with nine walks and three hit batters in 10 2-3 innings.
|May 07, 2013||Josh Reddick||15-Day DL||Sprained right wrist|
|May 07, 2013||Josh Reddick||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|May 06, 2013||Jarrod Parker||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained neck|
|May 01, 2013||Brett Anderson||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle|
|April 30, 2013||Chris Young||15-Day DL||Strained left quad|
|April 30, 2013||Coco Crisp||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|May 01, 2013||Vinnie Pestano||15-Day DL||Right elbow soreness|
|April 30, 2013||Nick Swisher||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|April 25, 2013||Lou Marson||15-Day DL||Right shoulder soreness|
|April 20, 2013||Asdrubal Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Left game - left wrist contusion|
|April 20, 2013||Brett Myers||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|April 16, 2013||Jason Kipnis||Day-to-Day||Sore elbow|
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Everything is going the Indians' way. There's no dispute or debate about that.
One day after the home run that wasn't, Jason Kipnis , Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds connected for homers and Scott Kazmir struck out 10 in six innings, leading Cleveland to a 9-2 win over Oakland on Thursday and a four-game sweep of the Athletics.
The Indians ended the series with a convincing blowout, only hours after they won 4-3 with the help of a blown call in the ninth inning when umpires, after watching a video replay, ruled that an apparent tying home run by Oakland's Adam Rosales was a double.
Major League Baseball acknowledged the umpires made an "improper call," but executive vice president Joe Torre said the "judgment" decision is final.
There was no argument on Thursday as the Indians put a resounding thumping on the A's and won for the 10th time in 11 games.
"Our starting pitching is giving us a chance to win," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "We have a very good bullpen. We're playing well defensively. A lot of guys are contributing offensively. That's a good way to play baseball."
Kipnis hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Bartolo Colon (3-2) for the Indians, who improved to 13-4 since April 20. They got more good news after the game when center fielder Michael Bourn was activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing nearly one month with a cut finger.
Bourn will be ready for a three-game series against first-place Detroit starting Friday.
Kazmir (2-1), who at this time last year wasn't even pitching professionally, allowed one run and five hits. The left-hander has won consecutive starts for the first time since 2010.
"I'm not thinking about last year or what happened before that," Kazmir said. "I'm looking ahead. I'm throwing the ball well right now. I'm feeling better every time out."
Josh Donaldson homered for the A's, who fell to .500 for the first time since April 4 when they were 2-2. Oakland is just 6-14 after starting 12-4.
"They're playing great and can't do anything wrong and we're struggling," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That's what happens. What happened last night shouldn't affect today. They just beat us."
The Indians were already leading by six runs when MLB released a statement indicating umpire Angel Hernandez and his crew had erred Wednesday night. After watching a video replay, they failed to reverse a call and gave Rosales a double instead of a homer.
TV replays showed Rosales' shot off Chris Perez had easily cleared the 19-foot-high wall.
"Given what we saw, we recognize that an improper call was made," Torre said. "Perfection is an impossible standard in any endeavor, but our goal is always to get the calls right. Earlier this morning, we began the process of speaking with the crew to thoroughly review all the circumstances surrounding last night's decision."
MLB director of umpires Randy Marsh was sent to Progressive Field for the series finale to inspect the video replay equipment. Marsh did not find any problems and reported his findings to Torre.
Francona was pleased with Torre's ruling, and understand it can be an imperfect game.
"I respect Joe and his statement and I'm glad it stands," Francona said. "All you can ask is guys to do the best they can. They went and checked. Obviously, it wasn't conclusive on what they saw, and so you move on. Those things have a way of evening out."
Francona disagreed with any assertion the decision should be overturned.
"You can't do that," Francona said. "It's not because we won. The rule is in place and you can't change the rules. You do the best you can."
The Indians, who came in leading the AL in homers, took a 2-0 lead in the first on Kipnis' fourth homer, a two-run shot.
Michael Brantley singled to open the first off Colon and Kipnis followed by belting a 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall, not far from where Rosales' contested hit landed.
"I was happy that it stayed up there and someone caught it just to make sure there was no confusion about it," Kipnis said.
He added a sacrifice fly in the second, when the Indians tacked on three runs to open a 5-0 lead.
Swisher led off the third by pulling Colon's first pitch over the wall in right for his fifth homer and second in two days. Swisher, who played college ball at Ohio State, was typically animated after rounding the bases. He bashed forearms with Jason Giambi and raised arms to give the "O-H" gesture to Cleveland fans.
The Indians added three runs in the fifth, two coming on Reynolds' AL-leading 11th homer.
Colon gave up six runs and eight hits in five innings. The right-hander, who pitched for the Indians from 1997 to 2002, hadn't faced Cleveland since 2005.
"I felt good," Colon said. "The only problem is the Cleveland team is hot right now."
NOTES: The Indians entered the series having lost eight straight to Oakland. It was the Indians' first-four game sweep of the A's since 1999. ... To make room for Bourn, the Indians optioned LHP Scott Barnes to Triple-A Columbus. Barnes snagged a hard comebacker for the final out to finish the sweep. ... Kazmir had not posted double-digit strikeouts since Aug. 26, 2009 for Tampa. ... All five of Swisher's homers have been at home. ... After playing three against the Tigers, the Indians will return home for a doubleheader Monday against the New York Yankees . The teams were rained out twice last month. ... RHP Vinnie Pestano (sore elbow) is scheduled to resume a throwing program this weekend.