Crosby's Homer Helps A's Beat Indians

Carmona walks 8 as patient Oakland keeps winning
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 13, 2008 8:16 AM CDT
Oakland Athletics' Lenny DiNardo pitches to Cleveland Indians' Travis Hafner in the first inning in a baseball game, Saturday, April 12, 2008, in Cleveland.    (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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(Newser) – Bobby Crosby hit a three-run homer for the Oakland Athletics, who took advantage of 10 walks by Cleveland pitchers in a 7-3 win over the Indians last night. Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona, two days after signing a seven-year, $48 million extension, couldn't buy a strike. The A's held off swinging at his sinker, which dipped out of the zone and produced a career-high eight walks in 3 1/3 innings.

Crosby's homer capped a four-run seventh off Rafael Perez. Lenny DiNardo (1-0), starting in place of injured Rich Harden, gave up two runs on six hits over five-plus innings. The soft-tossing left-hander struck out two without issuing a walk, leaving with two on in the sixth. Carmona is the first Cleveland starter to walk eight in a game since Bob Ojeda in 1993.