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05/17/2014 11:42 PM EDT
Athletics overcome Kazmir's ejection for 6-2 win
OAKLAND 6, CLEVELAND 2

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Scott Kazmir ended up missing a good game.

Kazmir's teammates overcame his ejection in the second inning by
home plate umpire Jerry Layne and the Oakland Athletics beat the
Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Saturday night.

Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, Josh
Donaldson also had three RBIs and Oakland's bullpen allowed one
run in 7 2-3 innings to help seal the Athletics' eighth win in
nine games.

Dan Otero (4-0) relieved Kazmir and pitched 3 2-3 scoreless
innings.

Kazmir revived his career last season with the Indians, going
10-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts. He signed a two-year, $22
million contract with Oakland in the offseason.

"It's very frustrating," he said. "I was really looking forward
to this start and this is probably the best I've felt going out
there."

The Indians had already scored a run on a wild pitch when Kazmir
walked Jesus Aguilar on a borderline full-count pitch with one
out. The walk was the third Kazmir allowed and he was clearly
unhappy with Layne's strike zone. Kazmir protested and Layne
quickly ejected him.

"I don't really know how to start," Kazmir said. "It ended up a
pitch I thought was a strike, he didn't agree with it and before
I knew it I was out of the game. It didn't even register I was
out of the game. I went to the back of the mound and tried to
regroup and I was like, I can't even pitch any more, it's over."

"He was gesturing and arguing balls and strikes," Layne told a
pool reporter. "That's automatic ejection. When I warned him, he
didn't take any knowledge of that, and that's it. Bottom line,
it was just pure balls and strikes."

Kazmir said there was little time between the warning and the
ejection.

"I think the warning was in mid-breath, like, warning and then
`You're out of here,' same breath," Kazmir said. "So it was a
little surprising. But what are you going to do?"

Oakland manager Bob Melvin raced on the field and had a heated
argument with Layne. Kazmir left the field, angrily fired his
glove against the wall of Oakland's dugout and kicked a trash
can on his way to the clubhouse.

"I wanted to apologize to the trash can," Kazmir said. "It did
nothing wrong. I was just frustrated."

Asked if he thought Kazmir was ejected too quickly, Melvin said,
"It's tough to comment, I'm going to support my starter."

Oakland responded to the ejection with three runs in the third
off Josh Tomlin (2-1).

"I think that kind of inspired us a little bit," Donaldson said.
"I don't take that lightly when you throw our starting pitcher
out in the second inning."

Coco Crisp doubled with one out and scored on Donaldson's
two-out single. Moss then hit a full-count pitch to right-center
for his ninth homer of the season.

Donaldson, who had three hits, added a two-run triple that hit
high off the wall in left in the seventh. Layne, the crew chief,
initiated a review to check if it was a home run, but the
original call was upheld. Moss followed with an RBI single.

The Athletics lost a similar challenge last season when an
apparent game-tying home run in the ninth by Adam Rosales was
ruled a double and the Indians hung on for the win.

Otero relieved and got Mike Aviles to hit into a double play.
Fernando Abad allowed a run in the sixth, but Luke Gregerson and
Sean Doolittle closed out the win.

The game was briefly delayed during Oakland's rally when a
squirrel ran across the field while John Jaso was batting. The
squirrel stopped in the middle of the infield before finally
jumping into the stands on the third base side and disappearing.

A squirrel also interrupted the game on April 21 at Progressive
Field when the Indians defeated Kansas City.

The Indians have lost three straight and five of seven.
Cleveland committed three errors and has made a major
league-high 43 errors in 43 games.

NOTES: Indians DH Jason Giambi (strained right calf) will likely
be activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. The
43-year-old veteran admitted the team is struggling. "I know
we're kind of sputtering," Giambi said. "We get that little
glimmer and then it kind of falls apart. We have to keep our
heads above water until we hit that good winning streak." ... 1B
Daric Barton, designated for assignment Thursday, cleared
waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento. ... Indians
LHP T.J. House, recalled from Columbus before the game, made his
major league debut, pitching a scoreless ninth. ... Athletics 2B
Eric Sogard, who is batting .091 (3 for 33) in May, was given
the day off.

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