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

  • Cleveland Indians' Drew Stubbs, right, slides to score behind Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris in the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. Stubbs scored on a single by Nick Swisher. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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.

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