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OAK@TB: Parker fans seven over six solid innings

Well, at least the Indians finally scored a run. After 24 innings of scoreless baseball, the Tribe managed to put a two-spot on the board in the third on Wednesday, en route to a four-run output.

As far as momentum, though, that's about all the Indians have, as they head into the series finale against the A's on Thursday with a four-game losing streak and losses in 13 of their last 14 contests.

"We're playing embarrassing baseball," second baseman Jason Kipnis said after Tuesday night's 7-0 loss. "It's just bad. Offense, defense, pitching, everything. It's just not the way we're used to doing it."

The recent swoon adds more frustration to an already rough second half of the season that has seen the Tribe fall out of playoff contention. The A's, on the other hand, have a Wild Card spot in their possession and have won five straight.

A big part of Oakland's success is the emergence of Chris Carter and Brandon Moss. While Carter gets the majority of starts at first base, Moss is the backup there, as well as playing some left. The two went a combined 5-for-10 with five RBIs and a home run each on Tuesday and Carter added another two hits on Wednesday.

"They've done a tremendous job," starter Tommy Milone said. "For both of them to come in, almost at the same time and just lock down that position has been pretty spectacular for us. No matter where they're hitting in the lineup or where they're playing, it seems like they're doing a great job and they've done that since they've been here."

A's: Parker on the mound for finale
• After three straight losses, which were preceded by a poor start in Baltimore, Jarrod Parker notched his eighth win and then pitched well in a no-decision. On Thursday, the youngster looks to continue the momentum when he takes the mound against the Indians.

Parker snapped the three-game losing streak with eight shutout innings of six-hit ball against the Tribe on Aug. 19. He only struck out two in that performance, but walked just one.

Indians: Gomez called up to help bullpen
• The Indians recalled Jeanmar Gomez from Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday to fill the roster spot of Shelley Duncan, and the right-hander immediately got work out of the bullpen.

Gomez has been a starter all season, breaking camp with the big league club before being sent to Columbus after inconsistencies. The righty is pitching out of the bullpen this time around and went one inning of scoreless baseball on Wednesday.

Worth noting
• The A's have beaten the Indians seven straight times this season after dropping the first two meetings.

• Oakland's win on Wednesday, coupled with Baltimore's loss, gave the A's sole possession of the first Wild Card spot. Comments