Published November 20, 2014
The Indians posted a thrilling win on Wednesday, as Jack Hannahan's RBI single in the 16th inning lifted the Tribe to a 4-3 victory. Hannahan had homered twice earlier in the game for Cleveland, which hasn't pulled off a four-game sweep of the A's since turning the trick in Oakland from April 26-29, 1999.
"Huge night," Indians manager Manny Acta said of Hannahan.
Hannahan's big hit ended Cleveland's third game of 14 innings or more in a 22- day span and gave the Indians their fifth win in six tries and kept them 5 1/2 games back of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central.
Frank Herrmann (4-0) tossed four perfect innings as the last available man in the Cleveland bullpen.
"He just gave us a huge lift," said Acta.
Carmona, meanwhile, will try to bounce back from an awful showing his last time out. The erratic righty gave up six runs (five earned) in 6 1/3 innings to Kansas City on Saturday, but did not get a decision in his team's 8-7 win. He is 6-12 on the year with a 4.85 ERA.
Carmona beat the A's back on May 3 and is 4-5 lifetime against them with a 4.95 ERA in 11 games (10 starts).
The A's will turn to left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who is 11-11 with a 3.35 ERA. Gonzalez won his second straight start after a five-start losing streak on Friday in Boston, as he held the Red Sox to four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
"[Boston] came in here hot," Gonzalez said. "They were swinging good, and the best I could do was hold them down a little bit. I give all the credit to the offense and the bullpen. I was just trying to minimize the damage as much as possible."
Gonzalez is a perfect 4-0 in five starts versus the Tribe and has allowed just three earned runs in 30 1/3 innings against them.
Cleveland took two of three from the A's earlier in the year.