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American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Oakland
(Friday, April 25th)
Final Score: Oakland 5, Cleveland 2
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Mark Ellis went 3-for-4 with a homer and two
runs scored and Ted Lilly pitched 7 2/3 strong innings, leading the Oakland
Athletics to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians at the Coliseum.
Lilly (2-0) gave up just six hits and two runs for the win. The only two runs
he surrendered came on home runs. Ramon Hernandez also added two hits,
including a home run, and scored two runs for the Athletics, who have won
three out of four.
Jason Davis (2-3) gave up 10 hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings for the loss.
Casey Blake and Shane Spencer both homered for the Indians, who lost their
fourth straight game and matched their worst start after 23 games at 7-16. The
1993 Indians also started the season with a similar record.
The Athletics got on the board first when Ellis led off the bottom of the
first with a blast over the wall in left-center. Ellis' third homer of the
season gave Oakland a quick 1-0 lead.
Oakland struck for two more in the second off Davis on consecutive RBI singles
by Eric Byrnes and Chris Singleton. Hernandez singled to lead off the frame
and Terrence Long followed with a walk. Byrnes and Singleton then singled to
bring home both runners. Davis escaped further damage after getting the next
three batters on fly balls.
Blake's third-inning home run reduced the deficit to 3-1. The two-out shot to
deep left field was Blake's third homer of the year.
Spencer helped the visitors climb within one run when he belted his second
home run of the season to leadoff the seventh. Spencer's blast came off his
former Yankee teammate Lilly.
Oakland, however, regained a two-run lead in the bottom of the frame. Ellis
doubled over the leftfielder's head and came around to score on Scott
Hatteberg's double that made it 4-2.
Hernandez made it a 5-2 game with a homer in the eighth.
Keith Foulke earned his fifth save by striking out two in a scoreless ninth
Ellis hit his first career leadoff home run...The game was played in just
2:04...The Indians also played a 2:04 game against Seattle, a 4-2 loss, on
Wednesday...It was the Athletics' shortest game since a two-hour game on
September 29, 1996, against Seattle...After three consecutive no-decisions,
Lilly picked up his first win and decision since his first start of the
04/26 00:50:07 ET
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