CLEVELAND - Gio Gonzalez kept the Oakland pitchers' roll going, and the Athletics' offense finally hit some long balls.
Gonzalez (11-8) pitched seven solid innings in a 5-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians, and Jeff Larish, Jack Cust and Coco Crisp hit home runs to end Oakland’s long drought without multiple homers in a game.
“All around, it was a fun night,” Gonzalez said. “My stuff was there and it is always nice to see the offense come through.”
Larish and Jack Cust hit two-run homers, and Crisp added a solo shot as Oakland snapped its streak without multiple homers at 26 games, its longest since a team-record 31 games in 1978. The Athletics are last in the majors with 76 homers.
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Gonzalez gave up five hits, one walk and struck out seven, becoming the 22nd consecutive Oakland starter to work at least six innings. The Athletics’ staff has allowed five runs or fewer in all of those games, the longest streak by an AL team since the 1989 California Angels had 22 such games in a row.
“They build on each other,” Oakland manager Bob Geren said of the A’s rotation, which has a 2.01 ERA and held opponents to a .198 batting average since July 31.
The Athletics, however, are just 11-11 over that stretch after beating Fausto Carmona (11-12).
“We get some more offense, we can blow right past that (.500) mark,” Geren said. “Carmona had real nasty movement tonight and a good change-up. Scoring off him was a good sign.”
Michael Wuertz worked the eighth inning and Jerry Blevins the ninth for Oakland as Cleveland was shut out for the 11th time, tying Seattle for most in the AL. Oakland has four of the shutouts against the Indians, who have dropped 12 of their past 16 games at home.
Gonzalez improved to 4-0 with a 0.89 ERA in four career starts against Cleveland. He worked out of jams in the second, fourth and fifth innings as the Athletics opened a 10-game trip to Cleveland, Texas and New York with only their third win in their past 11 road games. Oakland is 24-35 on the road overall.