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A’s win fifth straight, but lose Davis to injury

CLEVELAND — Mark Canha’s two-run pinch-hit home run and near-flawless relief pitching lifted the A’s to their fifth straight win, 5-3, over the Indians on Tuesday.
Canha pinch-hit for Khris Davis in the top of the fourth inning, and promptly hit an opposite field home run to right off Trevor Bauer. The homer, Canha’s sixth and the the third of his career as a pinch-hitter, scored Matt Olson, who had singled, and gave the A’s a 3-1 lead.
Davis, who injured his left hip on May 5 in Pittsburgh, grounded out in his lone at bat before being removed for what the A’s announced as the “lingering effects of the left hip contusion.”
Davis took two soft swings in his at bat, looking as if he couldn’t turn strongly on the pitches.
Francisco Lindor hit his seventh home run leading off the bottom of the first against A’s right-handed starter Chris Bassitt, who threw 88 pitches — including 41 balls — in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs on two hits and struck out six, but also walked six.
Liam Hendriks (2-0), the first of four A’s relievers, got the win as he pitched two scoreless, one-hit innings after replacing Bassitt. Ryan Buchter and Joakim Soria then combined to blank the Indians over 2 1/3 innings, before Blake Treinen pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.
The A’s tied the game in the second when Indians righty Trevor Bauer, who took the loss, didn’t allow a hit but walked three, including Josh Phegley with the bases loaded. Bauer also hit Jurickson Profar with a pitch, one of his three hit batters, including Profar again in his next at bat.
Stephen Piscotty drew one of the second-inning walks, extending his on-base streak to 21 games, the longest current streak in the major leagues.
Marcus Semien’s double up the left-center field alley in the fourth, followed by Matt Chapman’s line double to left, put the A’s up, 4-2, in the fourth.
Profar lined a homer to right off Adam Cimber in the eighth for a 5-3 A’s lead. It was the switch-hitter’s seventh round-tripper, and sixth batting left-handed. Profar is hitting .168 while batting lefty, but has three homers in the last six games from that side.
 

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