OAKLAND — One day after celebrating the 10th anniversary of winning an American League-record 20 consecutive games, the A’s extended their current winning streak.
Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer and had a career-high-tying five RBIs, and Jarrod Parker pitched eight shutout innings, giving up six hits, as the A’s routed the Cleveland Indians 7-0 on Sunday.
“Hopefully we can continue the momentum that we have from the last three games, bring it into the next,” Crisp said. “I think the teams that do a good job of focusing just on that instead of going into the big picture, the glory of making it to the playoffs and making it ride over the thought process of game to game can be a little difficult at times, but one game at a time.”
Oakland has won four straight to move to a season-high-tying 10 games over .500 to stay a half-game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild-card spot.
“Given the [seven-]game win streak we had earlier this year we understand what it takes to win games and stay consistent and continue to stay the course,” A’s second baseman Jemile Weeks said. “That was obviously a really good thing to come out here and watch the team that won the 20 games straight and people just don’t understand how hard that is. We’re not sure how they did it, but they did it so it was destiny, I guess.”
Parker (8-7) tied his season high for innings pitched, and the rookie ended a personal three-game losing streak.
“I was able to throw a lot of two-seamers down in the zone, in and out and keep the ball in the infield, and I think that I’ve tried to do that all year and today it was pretty good for me,” Parker said.
Cleveland’s Justin Masterson (9-11) was shelled for seven runs on nine hits in 5²⁄³ innings.
The Indians have struggled since the All-Star break, losing five straight and 26 of 36 games, falling to 11½ games back in the AL Central.
The A’s scored the first of their seven runs in the third inning. Cliff Pennington was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Weeks and scored on a single to right by Crisp.