Pro Sports

Two homers from unlikely source carry A’s past Indians

By May 4, 2011

OAKLAND — David DeJesus hit his first two home runs of the season, Trevor Cahill pitched another gem and the Oakland Athletics snapped Cleveland’s seven-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night.

DeJesus’ two solo shots handed Josh Tomlin (4-1) his first loss of the year. They were two of just four hits in the game for the offensively challenged Athletics, and all they needed behind their ace.

Cahill (5-0) gave up five hits and three walks in seven innings and never had any serious jams. He struck out five and matched his career-high with 116 pitches.

Grant Balfour allowed only a walk in the ninth for his first save this season.

Tomlin struck out five and walked none in 7 2-3 innings. He didn’t allow a baserunner besides DeJesus until Mark Ellis reached on an error in the eighth when third baseman Jack Hannahan bobbled a grounder, and Coco Crisp drove him in on a single to give Oakland a 3-1 lead.

DeJesus broke out of his slump with a solo home run that just cleared the right-field wall in the first inning. That snapped a 55-game streak without a home run for DeJesus that dated to last season, the second-longest of his career.

After the Indians evened the score on Travis Hafner’s two-out RBI single in the third, DeJesus hit his second home run to deep right-center field to put Oakland back in front. It was the first multihomer game of the season for any A’s player, and it couldn’t have come from a more unlikely source.

DeJesus had never had two home runs in a game in nine seasons in the majors, and he was hitting just .227 entering the game.

The Associated Press

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