Athletics-Indians Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated May 05, 2013
After a successful start to their longest road trip of the season, the Oakland Athletics will try to keep their momentum going by continuing their recent dominance of the Cleveland Indians. The A's seek a ninth consecutive victory over the Indians on Monday night, while Ubaldo Jimenez will try to help Cleveland bounce back a day after its lengthy winning streak ended. After dropping five of its previous six road games, Oakland took two of three from the New York Yankees over the weekend to kick off its 10-game trek. The A's blew a three-run lead in Sunday's series finale, but Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning in a 5-4 victory. "We got contributions across the board today in different ways," manager Bob Melvin told the team's official website. "Sometimes it takes a whole group to win a ballgame, and today, that was the case." Oakland (18-14) will try to continue rolling against Cleveland (14-14), which had a six-game win streak snapped Sunday with a 4-2 loss to Minnesota. After batting .373 and scoring 53 runs during the streak, the Indians had six hits and struck out 11 times in the series finale. "We still took two out of three in this series, and if we keep doing that, we're going to be in a pretty good place at the end of the year," infielder Mark Reynolds said. "We've got some momentum, so hopefully we can carry it over (against Oakland)." Jimenez (1-2, 7.13 ERA) will try to help his team rebound by building on his best outing of the season. After putting up a 10.06 ERA in his first four games, the right-hander pitched seven innings of three-hit ball last Monday at Kansas City in a 9-0 win, his first since Aug. 9. "You're always looking to be encouraged," manager Terry Francona told the team's official website. "I think we flew past encouraged and got excited." Jimenez will next try to help Cleveland avoid its longest losing streak against Oakland since dropping 10 in a row from July 31, 1971-Aug. 18, 1972. The Indians have lost five straight at home to the A's, including a four-game sweep Aug. 27-30. Jimenez is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in his two starts against Oakland. Like Jimenez, Jarrod Parker (1-4, 7.36) will try to build on his first win of the season. The right-hander, though, wasn't nearly as dominant as his Cleveland counterpart, giving up four runs over six innings Tuesday in a 10-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels. He avoided becoming the first A's pitcher to lose five games in April. "I felt good," Parker told the team's official website. "I was able to forget about what's done and focus in on each pitch. There's a reason for my success and I didn't want to get away from who I am. I didn't want to fight myself." Parker has won both of his starts against Cleveland but had vastly different performances. He pitched eight innings in a 7-0 home win Aug. 19 and gave up five runs over five innings in a 12-7 road victory 11 days later.
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