Butler has clutch hit in Oakland’s 5-4 win over Indians

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CLEVELAND — Billy Butler’s two-run double with the bases loaded broke a tie in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians  5-4 on Saturday night.

With two outs, Butler lined an 0-1 pitch from Bryan Shaw over first base to snap a 2-all tie. Right fielder Brandon Moss’ throwing error allowed a third run to score on the play.

Eric O’Flaherty (1-2) pitched 2-3 of an inning. Tyler Clippard, the Athletics’ fifth pitcher, recorded the final four outs for his 17th save.

Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer in the eighth, but Cleveland’s four-game winning streak ended.

All-Star Stephen Vogt started the winning rally with a two-out single off Zach McAllister (2-3). Marc Rzepczynski gave up a single to Ben Zobrist and walked Josh Reddick. Butler came through with the clutch hit that snapped Oakland’s three-game losing streak.

Moss’ throw to second base hit Butler in the back and rolled away, allowing Reddick to score.

 

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