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"Jack Cust Saves a Run with a Sliding Catch!" (A’s Lose 3-2)

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Those first nine words come courtesy of Ken Korach, and since it is highly unlikely he will utter such nonsense ever again, I felt they were worthy of a headline.

In the end, there wasn't enough web-wizardry to save a so-so Vin Mazzaro from tasting defeat, and despite winning the battle (18th straight game in which their starter allowed three runs or less), the A's lost the war and fell back to the .500 mark.  What, they pitched "well" and lost?

Put those brooms away, damn it.

Kevin Kouzmanoff (2-for-4, run-scoring double) continues to hit like a guy looking over his shoulder, but in a crucial moment in the eighth, he was unable to deliver the big blow.  With two men on and two out in a one-run game, Kouz grounded meekly to first.

All told, the A's stranded nine runners.

The Indians put together just enough offense to avoid the sweep, including a long two-run homer off the bat of Matt LaPorta in the sixth that gave Cleveland its first lead of the night at 3-2.

And that's how it stayed, with the A's putting on a pair of obligatory teases in the eighth and ninth before Daric Barton struck out with the tying run on second to end the game.

And it's on to Arlington we go.