Gray, Ath­let­ics’ bullpen com­bine for shut out af­ter break

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Sports - By Michael Waga­man

OAKLAND — Sonny Gray and three re­liev­ers com­bined on a fourhit­ter and the Oakland Ath­let­ics beat Cleve­land 5-0 on Fri­day night to spoil the re­turn of Indians man­ager Terry Fran­cona.

Yon­der Alonso and Ra­jai Davis home­red in the fifth in­ning while Matt Joyce dou­bled, scored and drove in a run to help the A’s beat the Indians in the opener of the se­ries af­ter drop­ping three of four in Cleve­land ear­lier this sea­son.

It is the third shutout by Oakland this sea­son.

Gray (5-4) al­lowed two hits over six in­nings with five strike­outs and one walk in one of his strong­est out­ings this sea­son. Both of the hits came in the third in­ning, one an in­field hit by Erik Gon­za­lez.

Three re­liev­ers com­bined for the fi­nal nine outs. San­ti­ago Casilla re­tired three for his 16th save.

Fran­cona re­turned to the Indians bench fol­low­ing a six-game ab­sence when he un­der­went a mi­nor pro­ce­dure for an ir­reg­u­lar heart beat last week. The Cleve­land skip­per had also been tabbed to man­age the Amer­i­can League in Tues­day’s All-Star Game but had to opt out.

The Indians were blanked for the fourth time in their last 17 games and sixth time over­all.

Davis home­red lead­ing off the fifth against Indians starter Car­los Car­rasco (10-4). Davis also sin­gled and scored Oakland’s first run in the third.

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