Canha lifts A's in 10th to gain split with Tribe

Canha lifts A's in 10th to gain split with Tribe

OAKLAND -- Mark Canha notched his first career walk-off hit, an RBI double off the left-center field wall with two outs in the 10th inning to give the A's a 2-1 victory over the Indians.

It was the fourth walk-off win of the season for the A's, who got a two-out single from Sam Fuld to set the stage for Canha. The Oakland outfielder, who entered the game in the fifth inning for Josh Reddick, drew a 3-1 count against Indians right-hander Cody Allen before driving the next pitch for the game-winning hit.

"It was pretty amazing," Canha said. "I was just really rooting Sam on when I hit it to run as fast as he could. Sam has great speed and Allen was paying a lot of attention to him over there and maybe that helped me get in a good hitter's count. I got a good pitch to hit."

Canha's walk-off double

Right-handers Sonny Gray and Trevor Bauer engaged in a pitcher's duel for much of the day, each allowing one run and four hits. Oakland's Gray made it through seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.12 -- the second best mark in the American League -- while Bauer departed after 6 2/3 frames.

"He just lost his command for a couple hitters and that cost him a run," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Bauer. "But, to his credit, he reeled it back in after that and had a couple more good innings."

Melvin on Gray, Canha's walk-off

Lonnie Leadoff: With Jason Kipnis sidelined due to a sore right shoulder, Lonnie Chisenhall served as the Tribe's leadoff man for the first time in his career. Chisenhall drew a walk to open the first inning against Sonny Gray, who went on to load the bases before giving up a sacrifice fly to Jerry Sands, putting Cleveland up, 1-0.

"He did a good job. He walked a couple times. He had a hit," Francona said of Chisenhall. "Sonny Gray, that's probably our best chance to get him, because it didn't look early on like he was real sharp. He fought his way out of that first inning with one, and then after that, man, he just has so many ways to attack the hitter."

Sands' sac fly

Slap happy: After struggling to get much of anything going offensively in the first four frames, the A's drew a pair of two-out walks in the fifth, bringing leadoff man Billy Burns to the plate. Oakland's sparkplug slapped a 2-2 pitch into left field, bringing home the tying run. Burns was hitless in his previous nine at-bats and 4-for-25 before the single.

Burns' RBI single

Quick Sands: Twice, Indians first baseman Jerry Sands showed off some slick glovework in a key moment. He snared a line drive off the bat of Marcus Semien in the third inning and quickly stepped on first to double up Eric Sogard. In the bottom of the ninth, Sands gloved a sharp grounder from Stephen Vogt with a runner on base, and got a critical out at first.

Sands turns two

What a relief: After Gray exited at 96 pitches, the A's compiled three scoreless innings from their bullpen, including 1 1/3 from Fernando Abad, who has turned his season around by putting together 10 2/3 scoreless frames. Fernando Rodriguez's 10th-inning work was also impressive, as he stranded runners at the corners with an inning-ending strikeout of Francisco Lindor, his second K of the inning.

Rodriguez escapes jam

"Fernando [Abad] has been amazing," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He's pitching with a lot of confidence right now, in the fashion we've seen him in the past."

"It was OK. I walked four people, which is terrible. I gifted them a run and lost a game that we could've won. So, I'm not very happy about that. But, overall, I think I threw the ball OK." -- Bauer, on his performance

Reddick departed the game in the middle of the fifth inning with lower back tightness and is considered day to day. More >

Indians: Cleveland will continue its west coast trip on Monday with the opener of a three-game set against the Angels at 10:05 p.m. ET. Reigning American League Cy Young Award-winner Corey Kluber (6-11, 3.44 ERA) will take the ball for the Tribe. The righty has posted a 2.80 ERA with 126 strikeouts and 21 walks in his past 15 starts (112 1/3 innings).

A's: The A's will continue their lengthy homestand with three games against the Orioles, beginning with Monday's 7:05 p.m. PT matchup. Right-hander Jesse Chavez, who has a 5.07 ERA over his last 10 starts after posting a 2.38 ERA in his first eight, gets the start for Oakland.

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