CLEVELAND — Brett Anderson came off the disabled list and pitched effectively into the sixth inning before turning things over to Oakland’s outstanding bullpen as the Athletics downed the Cleveland Indians 6-0 on Sunday.
Anderson (1-2) had been sidelined with a shoulder strain, one of several injuries to the A’s starting staff. But the left-hander looked sharp in his first start since May 18, limiting the Indians to three hits and leaving with a 4-0 lead.
Stephen Piscotty hit a two-run homer off rookie Shane Bieber (4-1), and Jed Lowrie had a solo shot as Oakland won for the 10th time in 12 games to take two of three from the Indians.
The A’s are 18-6 against AL Central teams.
Yusmeiro Petit tossed two innings, Ryan Buchter worked the eighth and Emilio Pagan finished the combined five-hitter as the A’s moved 10 games over .500. Oakland’s relievers came in 22-7 with a 3.64 ERA, and closer Blake Treinen is having an outstanding year.
With five starters on the disabled list, Oakland manager Bob Melvin has spent the season patching holes in his rotation. But Anderson, who was activated for the start while Paul Blackburn went on the DL, provided the A’s with a quality start and some hope.
Making his first start against Cleveland since 2012, Anderson worked out of jams in the second and fourth innings, both times retiring Erik Gonzalez for the final out.
The Indians had runners at second and third with none out in the second before Anderson struck out Rajai Davis and Robert Perez and got Gonzalez to reach and pop up a 3-0 …read more