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OAK@NYY: Griffin pitches seven shutout frames in win

The Indians are beginning to do things they haven't in a while.

Following a 1-0 win on Tuesday against the A's, the Tribe has won eight of its last nine games. On Wednesday, the Indians and A's play the third in a four-game series as Cleveland eyes another series victory, which would be its third consecutive and end a handful of stretches:

• The last time Cleveland won three straight series was April 27-May 6, 2012.

• The last time the Indians won three straight home series in succession was April 5-May 1, 2011, when they swept four straight.

• The last time Cleveland won three straight home series was Sept. 14-23, 2007, against Kansas City, Detroit and Oakland.

The Indians -- who are 6-1 and boast a 2.53 ERA on their nine-game homestand -- have started the season series against Oakland with two straight wins. They did the same last year before the A's won the last eight contests to tie the second-longest winning streak against Cleveland in Oakland history.

The A's look to duplicate that this season, starting behind right-hander A.J. Griffin, who spun seven innings of shutout ball against the Yankees his last time out. Griffin has a .143 average against his first time through the lineup, but a .417 mark the second time -- the second highest in the American League behind Seattle's Blake Beaven.

A's: Struggling 'pen
The Oakland bullpen has allowed at least one run in 10 of its last 12 games, including giving up at least two runs seven times in that span.

• The A's have allowed 57 of their 158 runs (36 percent) in the fourth and fifth innings.

Indians: Masterson on mound
Justin Masterson takes the mound on Wednesday as the right-hander looks to regain his early-season form. Masterson has surrendered 12 runs on 17 hits in 13 innings in his last two outings after opening the year 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA through three starts.

He is 1-5 with a 10.36 ERA in six career starts against Oakland.

• With 10 home runs, third baseman Mark Reynolds is one shy of matching the most homers hit by any Indians right-handed hitter in 2012.

Worth noting
• Batters are 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position and two outs against Griffin this season.

• The A's have surrendered 17 homers in the last 10 games. Comments