OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit a three-run homer and scored three times, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 9-1 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Davis had struck out in six consecutive at-bats before hitting his 33rd home run of the season off starter Danny Salazar. That’s the most by an Oakland player since Jack Cust hit 33 in 2008.
Danny Valencia added two hits in his first game back in the A’s lineup after being fined following a clubhouse fight with teammate Billy Butler while Ryon Healy had three hits including two doubles.
Sean Manaea (5-8) allowed three hits and one run over seven innings for his second win since June 29. Manaea walked two and fanned eight to become the first A’s rookie pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts since Dan Straily in 2013.
Chris Gimenez homered for the Indians, who went into the day with the best record in the AL.
One day after being shut out for the eighth time this season, Oakland bounced back with one of its best offensive games in weeks to end a four-game losing streak to Cleveland.
Eight A’s had at least one hit while six had one RBI or more.
Yonder Alonso had a sacrifice fly in the second inning and rookie Chad Pinder added a run-scoring single for his first career RBI to push the A’s lead to 5-0.
Salazar (11-5) left after giving up a leadoff double in the fifth. The right-hander allowed six runs to match a career high and walked three with two strikeouts in his second start since coming off the disabled list.
Manaea didn’t allow a hit until Mike Napoli’s two-out single in the fourth. Napoli was thrown out at second base trying to extend the hit into a double.
Gimenez homered leading off the sixth.
A’s center fielder Jake Smolinski made a spectacular diving catch to rob pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall of extra bases in the eighth.
Athletics: Former closer Sean Doolittle (strained left shoulder) will make one more rehab appearance for Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday and could rejoin Oakland shortly thereafter. … SS Marcus Semien will miss the next two days to be with his wife and newborn child. Manager Bob Melvin expects the team to make a roster move to replace Semien, who could wind up on the paternity list.
Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (9-5) faces Oakland for the second time this season on Wednesday. Bauer left with no decision after allowing two home runs over 5 1-3 innings against the A’s on July 29.
Athletics: Kendall Graveman (9-8) pitches for Oakland and has eight wins in his last 10 decisions but the right-hander is winless in three career starts against the Indians.