OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Even with Ubaldo Jimenez carrying a no-hit bid, the Oakland Athletics can count several occasions they should have capitalized 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.
``Jimenez was at times effectively wild today,' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ``He does have good stuff, he does have a lot of different pitches that you have to worry about. He walked some guys but we couldn't square him up.'
Coco Crisp flied out as a pinch-hitter with runners on the corners to end the eighth.
Bourn's seventh-inning drive ended an 0-for-11 stretch for just his second hit in 21 at_bats during the team's road trip.
Swisher added an RBI single and Jason Kipnis a two-run single in the ninth as the Indians won for the fifth time in the first six meetings with the A's after sweeping a four-game set at home in May.
``To put up seven runs on a team like that, that's doing something,' Swisher said. ``We got a lot of contributions from a lot of guys ... adding on runs every inning and not just getting up early and coasting.'
Straily (6-7) extended his losing streak to five games. He is winless in six outings since being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on July 20, though he had received no run support in three of those outings since the All-Star break.
He allowed three runs and six hits, struck out seven and matched his season high with four walks over 5 2-3 innings.
Straily allowed Swisher's one-out homer then struck out Kipnis before allowing back-to-back walks to Carlos Santana and Brantley. Pitching coach Curt Young made a mound visit when he went 2-0 to Cabrera, who then hit an RBI single to snap an 0-for-20 streak.
After Drew Stubbs doubled to start the Cleveland fifth, Gold Glove right fielder Reddick started a sensational double play when he caught Bourn's liner and made the perfect throw to third to get Stubbs.
``I think I almost lost my voice on that throw. I was pretty excited,' Straily said. ``I needed that right there. It was huge. That's one thing that never goes away is defense. We seem to play good defense all the time and it was definitely on display tonight.'
The sold-out Coliseum crowd of 35,067 booed former A's fan favorites Swisher and Jason Giambi whenever they came to the plate.
``That's crazy, man,' Swisher said. ``Me and G. both. I don't get it, it is what it is.'
Cespedes went 1 for 3 with a walk on a day fans arrived more than four hours early to get his bobblehead.
Notes: Crisp took batting practice but didn't start for a fourth straight game because of a sore left wrist, yet he stayed in the game at CF for the ninth. Crisp received a cortisone injection Tuesday and isn't expected to start Sunday. ... A's RHP Bartolo Colon is headed to the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained left groin after he was hurt throwing on flat ground Friday. Oakland will recall lefty Tommy Milone from Triple-A to start the series finale Sunday.
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