OAKLAND, CA -- Jason Kipnis had a two-run triple among his four hits and Cleveland continued its amazing success on the road with a 5-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.
Kipnis also had an RBI single and scored on a wild pitch, as the Indians improved to 7-1 on the current road trip, which ends Sunday in the finale of this three-game set. This is the first time the Indians have won seven games on a road swing since Sept. of 2007 (7-3).
Jeanmar Gomez (1-0) allowed just four hits and a run over 5 1/3 innings. The A's put two men in scoring position in the ninth, but Chris Perez retired pinch-hitter Kila Ka'aihue on a fly ball to center to secure his sixth save of the year.
Brandon McCarthy (0-3) gave up 10 hits and a pair of runs over seven frames. Yoenis Cespedes drove in the lone Oakland score with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
The visitors loaded the bases with one out in the first thanks to base hits from Kipnis and Shin-Soo Choo and a walk to Carlos Santana. Travis Hafner then grounded out back to the pitcher to plate Kipnis.
Seth Smith fouled out to leave a pair of runners in scoring position in the bottom of the first and the A's stranded another runner at third in the second.
McCarthy escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, but Kipnis singled in Jason Donald in the sixth. His two-run triple went off the wall in right-center in the eighth when Josh Reddick misplayed the ball when he ran into the wall.
Cleveland is 7-1 on the road for the first time since 1988...Cleveland was 5-2 last season versus the A's...Oakland was 0-for-7 with men in scoring position, while the Indians were 3-for-13.
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