CLEVELAND: Indians manager Terry Francona has often said that momentum in baseball only last so far as the next day’s opposing pitcher. For the Indians, who had begun to roll offensively, consider that momentum halted.



The Indians managed only three hits against Oakland starting pitcher Sean Manaea, eventually falling to the A’s 3-1 Wednesday night at Progressive Field.



Manaea (4-3), the A’s’ young left-hander, lasted seven innings and struck out nine. The Indians’ lone bright spot came in the form of Francisco Lindor, who in the fourth inning belted a solo home run to temporarily tie it 1-1.



It was Lindor’s 12th home run of the season, which leads the club. It was also the 16th consecutive game in which the Indians had hit a home run, which is the longest such stretch for the franchise since a 17-game streak that wrapped around 2001-02. But, on Wednesday, it wasn’t enough against Manaea.



“He was moving the ball. He was locating. And his delivery was a little [funky],” Lindor said. “He can get you off your timing. He had a plan and he executed. He beat us today.”



A’s shortstop Chad Pinder, on the offensive side, essentially downed the Indians (27-24) single-handedly. Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (2-2) turned in a quality outing, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings pitched. But he couldn’t fool Pinder, who blasted two home runs and drove in all three of the A’s runs with the first multi-home run game of his career.



Both home runs came on hanging breaking balls, one slider and one curveball, that Clevinger failed to locate.



“He left two breaking balls [over the plate] to Pinder that got hit. Other than that, he was really good,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I think if he gets 6 2/3 [innings] and three [runs], most nights we’re talking about how well he did.”

Pinder, continuing his career game, also made a leaping catch in the bottom of the ninth that robbed Lindor of a would-be hit which would have brought the tying run to the plate with one out.



With two outs, Michael Brantley hit a routine fly ball to left field that was whiffed by A’s left fielder Khris Davis, giving the Indians new life. Though, closer Santiago Casilla (eight saves) induced Carlos Santana to hit a second routine fly ball to the outfield, this one being caught by right fielder Matt Joyce to end it.