OAKLAND, Calif.: Edwin Jackson is making the most of his opportunity with yet another new team.

The 34-year-old journeyman earned his first win with the Oakland Athletics, pitching neatly into the seventh inning in a 7-2 win over the Indians on Saturday for their season-high sixth consecutive victory.

Jackson (1-0) signed a minor-league contract with the A’s on June 6 and is now with his record-tying 13th major-league team. He gave up only two hits in 6⅔ innings. He struck out six and walked none in his second start for the A’s.

“Honestly, when I can look in the mirror and say that I can’t do it any more, I’ll go home,” Jackson said.

“I’m not playing for the money. I’m not playing for anything else but to come have fun,” he said.

Jackson was in the minors for the Washington Nationals earlier this season, then joined the A’s. With their rotation beset by injuries, the Athletics gave Jackson a chance.

Matt Olson, Dustin Fowler and Josh Phegley homered to help the A’s win for the 12th time in 14 games. They’ve won seven in a row against the Indians and nine of their past 10 against the Indians in Oakland.

Jackson has won 10 consecutive decisions over the Indians, a streak dating to 2008. His string against the Indians is the longest since Charlie Hough beat them 13 consecutive times from 1984-88.

Jackson has 13 strikeouts and hasn’t allowed a walk in 12⅔ innings through his first two starts with the A’s. He topped out at 97 mph on Saturday.

“Based on the way he was available and the way he’s been able to pitch for us it’s a surprise, but he’s always been able to do that a little bit with the sinker and the four-seamer,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.

“Now he just manipulates a little bit more and the offspeed stuff with the change-up speed and the slider. … It really keeps you off-balance,” he said.

The AL Central-leading Indians lost for the fourth time in five games.

The A’s trailed 2-0 going into the sixth, when Franklin Barreto became their first base-runner with a leadoff double against Adam Plutko (4-2). Phegley followed with his second home run and the A’s took a 3-2 lead when Fowler scored from first on Mark Canha’s double.

“I was extremely happy with the first four [innings] and how could you not be?” Plutko said. “Even in the fifth I liked what I was doing, but in the sixth they came out with four straight hits, flexed their muscle and that was the game.”

Francisco Lindor hit his 20th homer and Jose Ramirez hit his 24th in the Indians’ fourth.

The A’s broke the game open in the eighth, when they homered twice in a four-run inning. Fowler hit his fifth home run leading off the inning against Dan Otero, and Olson hit a two-run shot off Josh Tomlin, his 18th.

Rookie Lou Trivino induced Yonder Alonso to hit into a game-ending out for his third save. Trivino came into the game after the Indians loaded the bases with one out in the ninth off Santiago Casilla on a hit, a walk and a hit batter.

Surgery for Salazar

The Indians say pitcher Danny Salazar will have exploratory surgery on his troublesome right shoulder and there is no timetable for his return.

The AL Central leaders made the announcement Saturday. Salazar, 28, will have the procedure Monday.

Salazar has been on the disabled list the entire season. He was an All-Star with the Indians in 2016, then went 5-6 with a 4.28 ERA last year.

Salazar also has had problems with his elbow and forearm in recent seasons.

Home advantage

The A’s finally got their offense going at home, where going into Saturday were batting .233 and averaging 3.61 runs per game at the Coliseum. Oakland is hitting .263 and averaging 5.55 runs on the road.

Trainer’s room

Indians: Left-hander Tyler Olson (lat strain) threw his first bullpen on Friday and is expected to throw off a mound again on Sunday. Left-hander Ryan Merritt (left knee sprain) threw 48 pitches on Friday in a rehab game with Triple-A Columbus.

Athletics: Third baseman Matt Chapman (right thumb contusion) will take batting practice Sunday and could be activated for Tuesday’s series opener against San Diego without going on a rehab assignment. “Even if we don’t feel like potentially he’s up to speed offensively, he can save some runs out there defensively,” manager Bob Melvin said.

Up next

Right-hander Mike Clevinger (6-3, 3.03 ERA) is 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA in two outings (one start) against the A’s. He’s 2-1 with a 2.07 ERA in his past four starts. Right-hander Frankie Montas (4-1, 3.68) is 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA in his past three starts.