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LAA@OAK: Milone strikes out 10 over seven frames

Let's just let A's manager Bob Melvin explain how the Indians are playing right now.

"I mean, you look at the numbers, offensively right now, a lot of guys are swinging the bat really well," said Melvin, whose club continues a four-game series with Cleveland on Tuesday.

The Indians, following Monday night's victory over the A's, have won seven of their last eight. They're six games into a nine-game homestand during which they're hitting .351, including a .344 mark with runners in scoring position.

Going back even further, they've hit at least one home run in seven of their last eight games, totaling 19 in all.

"We would have preferred to catch them a little earlier in the season," Melvin said. "Their lineup looks much better than it did last year, across the board. They just look like a different team, and certainly a good team."

A's left-hander Tommy Milone is the next pitcher in line hoping to silence the Indians' hot bats, and he will oppose Indians right-hander Zach McAllister. Milone, 26, has pitched well in his past three starts, posting a 3.54 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in that span, but took the loss in each of those outings. He fared well against the Indians last season, going 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts.

Whereas Milone was solid against the Indians last year, McAllister was anything but against the A's. McAllister went 0-1 with a 7.84 ERA in two starts against Oakland last season, but he's coming off his best outing of 2013, having held the Phillies to two runs in seven innings his last time out.

A's: Balfour perfect
Closer Grant Balfour has a streak of 23 consecutive saves, the third longest in Oakland history. He has not blown a save since April 29, 2012.

• A's pinch-hitters are 2-for-31, with two walks.

• The A's are 13-3 against the American League West, compared with 5-12 against the rest of baseball.

Indians: Holding the lead
The Indians have suffered a loss after holding the lead at some point in the game only twice this season, tied with the Yankees, Rangers and Nationals for the fewest such defeats in the Majors.

• Cleveland has been .500 or better for four straight days.

• Ryan Raburn earned his first AL Player of the Week Award on Monday after batting .591 with four home runs and nine RBIs in five games.

Worth noting
• The A's won the season series last year, 8-2, winning eight straight after losing the first two.

• Milone has a 6.17 ERA and .313 average against in two road starts this season.

• Oakland's Brandon Moss is batting .417 on the road.

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