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Indians Vs. Athletics Final Score: Cleveland Blows 4-Run Lead, Loses 6-4 Friday

The Cleveland Indians took a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning off a Shelley Duncan grand slam and promptly gave it back as the Oakland Athletics rallied to win 6-4 on Friday in the opening game of the three-game series at Coliseum. Starter Zach McAllister gave up four runs, all earned, in the fourth and fifth innings to relinquish the lead. He struck out six, but also gave up eight hits and a walk in his six innings on the mound.

Oakland starter Tommy Milone walked Carlos Santana to lead off the fourth inning, and Michael Brantley and Jason Donald singled to load the bases on the next two at-bats. Duncan cleared the bases for his first career grand slam and 11th home run of the season. Milone retired three straight batters to end the inning, however.

The A's scored on three consecutive at-bats in the bottom of the inning to cut into the Indians' lead, 4-3, heading into the fifth. They tied the game on a Yoenis Cespedes sacrifice fly to drive in Chris Carter.

Joe Smith (7-3) was tagged with the loss after putting the game-winning runs on base before leaving with just one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Josh Donaldson hit a single to left scoring Adam Rosales for what would prove to be the decisive run. Donaldson finished 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs on the night.

A's reliever Jordan Norberto (4-1) was given the win for giving up no hits and striking out two in 1 2/3 innings over the course of seventh and eighth innings. Grant Balfour earned his 10th save of the season.

Final - 8.17.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland Indians 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 0
Oakland Athletics 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 2 X 6 11 1
WP: Jordan Norberto (4 - 1)
SV: Grant Balfour (10)
LP: Joe Smith (7 - 3)

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