Looking sharp in the early innings, Joe Blanton was victimized by back-to-back homers by Ryan Garko and Jhonny Peralta on consecutive pitches. Jack Cust's two-run homer in the seventh cut the A's deficit, but they could not finish the comeback.
Cleveland reduced its magic number to two with a win over the A's, led by righty Fausto Carmona, who picked up his 18th win. Ryan Garko and Jhonny Peralta connected for homers on consecutive pitches, and closer Joe Borowski earned his 43rd save.
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