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Chavez leads Oakland's offense in rout of Indians

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Eric Chavez hit a two-run double and also singled in run to help Gio Gonzalez win for the first time in three starts, and the Oakland Athletics pounded the Cleveland Indians 11-0 on Sunday to take the series.

Eric Patterson homered and hit a two-run triple, matching his career high with three RBIs.

Kevin Kouzmanoff returned to the A's lineup and added a three-run double. He sat out Saturday to give him time to heal after fouling a pitch off his foot. Kouzmanoff's fifth-inning hit chased Justin Masterson (0-3).

For Chavez, this was an encouraging sign after several frustrating, injury-filled seasons. The six-time Gold Glove third baseman is now the A's designated hitter batting in the cleanup spot.

Chavez, limited to eight games in his injury-shortened 2009 campaign, drove in three runs for the first time since June 3, 2008, against Detroit. He underwent season-ending back surgery last June and has had five operations since Sept. 5, 2007, including two microdiscectomy surgeries in different spots in his back.

Jake Fox and Adam Rosales each singled in a run as the A's did plenty to support Gonzalez (2-1), who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth but otherwise was hardly challenged. Gonzalez bounced back after he was tagged for five runs and three hits in 4 1-3 innings of a 7-3 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

Chavez got everything started. He doubled in the first, then added the RBI single in the third.

The 32-year-old Chavez was ready for a fresh start this season. He ended last year with one hit in his last 22 at-bats. He hit .100 with one RBI. That's after he played in only 23 games in 2008, and 90 in '07.

Chavez picked up his 726th run on Kouzmanoff's double, moving him past Sal Bando and into sole possession of fourth place on Oakland's career list.

The A's earned their third shutout and second of the series after winning 10-0 Friday night. Cleveland, which hasn't won a series in Oakland since July 29-31, 2002, was blanked for the fourth time.

Oakland had lost four of six, but gained some momentum with a nice win before taking off for a six-game trip beginning with two in Tampa Bay starting Tuesday and ending with a four-game series in Toronto.

The A's played without catcher Kurt Suzuki for the second straight game as he deals with tightness in his left side. Suzuki hopes to return Tuesday night against the Rays.

NOTES: The A's had 15 hits. ... Indians closer Kerry Wood threw a bullpen session two days after a one-inning simulated game in which his injured back became sore and he wasn't sharp as he'd hoped. Manager Manny Acta said Wood will throw another bullpen Wednesday at Anaheim and then the pitcher's next step would be determined from there. The plan is for him to do a rehab outing before he returns. ... A's LHP Brett Anderson, who left his outing Saturday after the sixth inning because of tightness in his left elbow, might have his next start pushed back. He didn't throw Sunday and will test his arm again Tuesday before a decision is made. ... CF Coco Crisp, yet to make his Oakland debut because of a broken left pinkie finger, is set to begin baseball activities in two weeks. ... Oakland RHP Michael Wuertz, on the DL with shoulder tendinitis, pitched two scoreless innings in a rehab outing for Class-A Stockton. He threw 21 strikes among his 26 pitches.