Westbrook wins 13th game of season
By JANIE McCAULEY
OAKLAND, Calif. - Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer, Hector Luna added a solo shot and the Cleveland Indians beat Oakland 7-2 on Monday night to snap the AL West-leading Athletics' four-game winning streak.
Casey Blake doubled in two runs as the Indians gave Jake Westbrook an early lead, a nice boost for this club after losing three of four to the Minnesota Twins.
The A's, coming off a three-game weekend sweep of the defending World Series champion Chicago White Sox, saw their division lead drop to 6 1/2 games over the idle Los Angeles Angels.
Dan Haren (14-12) was denied his career-high 15th win after he won his last two starts, but Haren is still 8-3 in 11 starts since July 26.
The Indians challenged Haren from the start, working the count to quickly elevate his pitch total. Haren had already thrown 67 pitches through three innings and the right-hander looked little like the pitcher who worked eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 win at Minnesota last Wednesday.
Westbrook (13-10), a sinkerballer who had a no-decision against the A's on June 6, ended a two-start losing streak that followed three straight victories - and he held Frank Thomas in check, too. Westbrook struck out five, walked one and allowed only one earned run on nine hits in 7 2-3 innings.
Thomas went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk after homering in his previous two games.
Jason Kendall reached on second baseman Luna's fielding error in the fifth that allowed Marco Scutaro to score the A's first run. Mark Kotsay followed with a sacrifice fly.
Haren fell behind in a hurry on Martinez's 16th homer of the year. Grady Sizemore struck out to start the game, then Jason Michaels walked before Martinez connected. Martinez also doubled and drew two intentional walks.
Luna led off the fourth with his second homer and by the fifth, everybody but cleanup hitter Ryan Garko had reached base for Cleveland. Luna reached on a fielder's choice to score a run in the fifth and that chased Haren, who gave way to Ron Flores.
Andy Marte singled to advance Luna to third, and he scored on a wild pitch that made it 7-0.
Haren's 4 2-3 innings marked his shortest outing since Sept. 7, 2005, against Seattle in which he lasted 2 2-3 innings. He gave up seven runs and nine hits, struck out two and walked four on 106 pitches.
Sizemore went 2-for-3 and is batting .440 (11-for-25) for his career at the Coliseum - his best average in any AL ballpark.
NOTES - Haren had not walked more than two batters in 14 starts since his four walks June 29 at San Diego. ... Oakland RHP Rich Harden is the probable starter for Thursday in the series finale against the Indians, which will be his first appearance since June 4. He went on the DL for a second time this season the following day with a strained ligament in his right elbow. Manager Ken Macha said Harden would be on a pitch limit of about 60. "He feels really good," Macha said. "He's ready to go." ... Milton Bradley extended his hitting streak to six games for the A's with a first-inning single.