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A's fail to capitalize early, lose to Indians 7-1

  • Drew Stubbs, right, slides to score behind catcher Derek Norris in the 9th inning on Saturday. (BEN MARGOT/Associated Press)

OAKLAND — Even with Ubaldo Jimenez carrying a no-hit bid, the Oakland Athletics can count several occasions they should have capitalized on in the early innings.

Such as on two walks by Cleveland's right-hander in the third, and two more in the fourth.

Jimenez (9-7) didn't allow a hit until Josh Donaldson lined a run-scoring single to shallow center with two out in the sixth inning of the Indians' 7-1 victory Saturday night, and that ended the pitcher's outing after 105 pitches. He struck out eight and walked five.

"He just doesn't want you to touch the baseball. That being said, for the most part, we didn't," Donaldson said. "But for a guy that had a no-hitter going, we probably had two or three opportunities with runners in scoring position, so we could have very easily taken advantage of that."

Jimenez plunked Josh Reddick in the right shoulder with one out in the sixth and Rich Hill began warming up in the bullpen. Jimenez walked Yoenis Cespedes on his 101st pitch and received a mound visit from pitching coach Mickey Callaway.

Brandon Moss then struck out swinging before Donaldson singled.

The A's didn't do much more.

"Obviously it's not a very good time offensively right now, with a lot of guys struggling," Moss said. "When a guy's mixing his pitches well, keeping (them) off balance, getting himself into trouble and getting himself out of it, then you tip your cap. It was a frustrating night, but we move on."

Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs and Michael Brantley hit a pair of doubles for Cleveland, which capitalized on its opportunities a day after stranding 13 base runners.

Swisher drove the first pitch from Dan Straily over the right-field fence for his 13th home run, staking Jimenez to an early lead in the first. Cabrera later added a run-scoring single before hitting an RBI double in the sixth.

Pitching on six days' rest, Jimenez bounced back after taking a 7-2 loss to the Angels on Aug. 10 for his second straight defeat. He hoped he could have talked manager Terry Francona into staying in the game if he'd kept the no-hitter going into the seventh.

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