The Indians were unable to muster much of anything against A's starting pitcher Bartolo Colon, who allowed just five hits in eight innings of work. Cleveland's lone run against Colon came in the top of the seventh on a solo homer by catcher Carlos Santana, his 13th on the season. The Indians made it 8-3 in the ninth after a two-run shot by outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, which was followed up by another two-run homer by pinch hitter Brent Lillibridge. It was still too little, too late for the Indians, who were unable to complete the rally.
Cleveland starting pitcher Corey Kluber gave up four runs (none earned) in five innings. Relievers Frank Herrmann and Chris Seddon gave up two runs each, putting the game out of reach for the Indians.
The A's did most of their damage in the third inning, scoring four times to take an early lead. They scored their last two runs of the game off Seddon in the bottom of the eighth.
The loss drops Cleveland's record to 54-66, while the Athletics improve to 64-55. The final game of the series will be played on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.