CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ben Broussard is making the most of his chances
to do what he likes best: hit with men on base.
The Athletics have lost 19 of 23 and are a major league-worst
5-19 in May, their most losses in a month since going 8-19 in July
1997. Oakland dropped eight straight from May 7-15, its worst
losing streak since 1998.
"We've been in these games," Oakland manager Ken Macha said.
"The margin of error is very small."
Cleveland won for the sixth time in eight games. Broussard has
hit .333 with five RBI during that span.
"I like hitting with guys on base," said Broussard, who has 13
RBI in his last 16 games. "Hitting fourth, that's the best spot
to get it done."
Cleveland manager Eric Wedge returned after missing one game
because of a personal family emergency, but was without closer Bob
Wickman. The veteran reliever said Saturday he felt much better
than he did the night before, when he removed himself from the game
because of severe back spasms.
"It's nice to get a save, but I'm only there until Wicky gets
back," Howry said. "He's done a great job. In this bullpen, we
help each other."
Scott Elarton (2-2) gave up six hits and two runs in six
innings. He walked three and struck out four, settling down after
allowing Oakland to take a 2-0 lead five batters into the game.
The Athletics took a 2-0 lead in the first. Chavez broke an
0-for-13 slump with an RBI double and later scored on a grounder by
Bobby Kielty that was misplayed for an error by third baseman Aaron
"I felt like I made good pitches there, but they put the bat on
them," Elarton said. "My stuff was good, all my pitches, but my
command is always a work in progress."
Elarton got out of the two-on, one-out jam and allowed three
hits over the next five innings.
Broussard singled home a run in Cleveland's first to make it 2-1
and had an RBI double in the third to tie it against Kirk Saarloos
(1-4). One out later, Jody Gerut singled home Broussard for a 3-2
Saarloos allowed four runs and 10 hits over five-plus innings in
his first start since May 16 following a stint in the bullpen. He
has lost four straight since a 9-0 win at Baltimore on April 6 in
his season debut.
"I had a sinker that wasn't sinking and a cutter that wasn't
cutting," Saarloos said. "I had to go out and battle. That's all
we can do. We're playing the game the right way. You think it would
reward us, but one little thing gets us each game."
Peralta's bases-loaded walk off Juan Cruz with one out in the
sixth made it 4-2. Left-hander Ricardo Rincon then fell behind in
the count to Grady Sizemore but got him to hit into a double play
on a 3-1 pitch.
Ronnie Belliard doubled home an unearned run in the eighth and
scored on Peralta's double.
Oakland CF Mark Kotsay went 2-for-4 to put his career
average at Jacobs Field at .556 (20-for-36). ... Sizemore grounded
into two double plays after not hitting into any in his first 308
at-bats in the majors. ... Indians C Victor Martinez had an infield
hit to snap a 3-for-35 (.087) slump. ... Boone was booed after each
of his at-bats. He struck out twice and went 0-for-4 to drop to
.157 overall. ... The attendance of 33,646 was the best crowd at
Jacobs Field since opening day.