CLEVELAND -- It's difficult to say which is more relentless, the A's pitching or Oakland's offense.

After a 13-3 victory Sunday finished off a pulverizing three-game weekend sweep of Cleveland, the A's have won nine of their last 10 games with equal contributions from an imposing pitching staff and a marauding band of hitters.

Sunday was the streak in a microcosm.

Starter Jesse Chavez allowed two runs -- both on solo homers. The Indians took a 1-0 lead on Michael Bourn's in the first inning. In the top half of the second, Oakland got that back when Brandon Moss tripled and scored on an infield out.

When Michael Brantley's homer in the fifth closed the lead to 7-2, the A's counterpunched with Moss's two-run double.

Moss now has 39 RBIs and Josh Donaldson, who had one Sunday, has 35, giving the A's the best 1-2 punch in the American League. Add to that five RBIs for the day and 27 for the season from Yoenis Cespedes, two RBIs for the day and eight for the series from Josh Reddick, and you have the formula the A's employ to never stop applying pressure. The A's won the Indians series by a combined score of 30-6.

"There are a lot of guys in here who have the ability to capitalize with runners in scoring position," Donaldson said. Batting in front of Moss, Donaldson scored a career-best four runs.


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Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in each of the three games, but the A's never let that sit. And that's been the theme of the recent surge. A's pitchers have thrown 91 innings. They've been scored on in just 12 of those innings, and the A's offense has answered with fury. Only one time in the last 10 games have A's pitchers allowed a run and the offense not immediately answered back. (Twice opponents scored in the ninth, when the A's didn't get another at-bat).

Oakland is exerting intense pressure on the opposition, inning to inning, at-bat to at-bat. And the result is a 28-16 record, the most wins in the league and the right to thoroughly enjoy Monday's day off in Florida before starting a three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.

Moss finished his day with two doubles, a triple and a walk, driving in three runs and scoring four. He was playing left field so Cespedes could get half a day off his feet. Cespedes was anything but idle, contributing an RBI grounder and a pair of two-run doubles.

"We had really good contributions from everybody," manager Bob Melvin after seeing his homer-hitting team fail to go deep but instead finish with one triple and seven doubles. "We'll take it. It doesn't matter how you score."

Oakland pitchers have allowed more than one run to be scored in an inning just three times in 10 games. The team ERA over the 10 games is 1.78, bringing the overall ERA down to an A.L.-best 2.92.

Chavez (4-1, 2.54) wasn't able to corral his cutter, the pitch that has turned around his career, but he threw a few dozen curveballs that were mostly a mystery to the Indians. He put nine men on base in his five innings, but the only runs scored off him came on solo homers.

  • The A's claimed pitcher Jeff Francis on waivers from Cincinnati, moving Jake Elmore on to the 60-day disabled list to get Francis on the 40-man roster and sending down pitcher Joe Savery to make room on the 25-man roster. "This helps us out with a potential starter and a true long man in the bullpen,'' Melvin said.

    Francis, a 10-year veteran, was 4-3 with a 3.33 ERA at Triple-A Louisville before coming up to pitch in a doubleheader this week for the Reds.

    Savery, who pitched the final two innings Sunday, was headed out on paternity leave when he got the news.

  • A's shortstop Jed Lowrie came out of the game in the second inning with neck stiffness. He's listed as day-to-day.

  • Second baseman Eric Sogard fouled a ball off his knee, but the club doesn't believe the injury is serious.

  • The Sacramento River Cats, whose Triple-A affiliation deal with the A's is up at the end of the season, left open in a statement Sunday they would consider leaving the A's.

    That was in response to a San Francisco Chronicle story saying the River Cats were considering trying to hook up with the Giants.

    The statement read: "Though our player development contract with Oakland does expire after this year, we place the utmost value on our affiliation with the Athletics. This year, as in years past, we will perform an internal evaluation after the season has concluded. Our first priority has been, and will continue to be, providing our fans with the best experience possible at Raley Field. This year is no different."

    Tuesday's game
    A's (Drew Pomeranz 3-1) at Tampa Bay (Jake Odorizzi 2-3), 4:10 p.m., CSNCA