Cleveland (WOIO) - It didn't take the Indians long to get back to their winning ways, rebounding from Sunday's loss to the Twins by putting on a Home Run Derby against the A's on Monday, slugging their way past Oakland, 7-3 at Progressive Field.
Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera belted back-to-back home runs in the first inning, giving the Tribe a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, A's starter Jarrod Parker hit Mark Reynolds, causing home plate umpire Angel Hernandez to warn both teams. But Reynolds would have the last laugh.
Yoenis Cespedes cut the lead in half in the fourth with a solo homer off Ubaldo Jimenez, before Cabrera and Reynolds answered again, with home runs in the fifth. Reynolds' shot to the bleachers in left traveled 466 feet.
Jimenez went five and two-thirds, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out eight. He left with the bases loaded in the sixth, and Nick Hagadone, just called up from Columbus earlier in the day when Vinnie Pestano went on the DL, struck out Josh Reddick looking to get out of the jam.
Jason Giambi added to the lead against his former team with a two-run single in the 7th to make it 6-2 Indians. Ryan Raburn followed that up with an RBI single to pad the cushion.