Tribe offense shut down by Loaiza

Oakland starter Esteban Loaiza returned from the disabled list to beat the Indians 4-1 Thursday afternoon. He baffled the Tribe, surrendering only four hits through seven innings. The Indians scored their lone run on a Ben Broussard home run. Jason Johnson gave up 11 hits but only allowed three Athletics to cross the plate. He was able to get out of a few jams with some double plays and kept the Tribe in the ballgame but Loaiza was too dominant for the Indian offense. Four of the Tribe’s six hits came from Broussard and Belliard. On the other side, Eric Chavez was the only one without a hit for Oakland.

“I don’t think getting one run on three hits off him is very good,” said Indians DH Travis Hafner, who went 0-for-2 with a walk off Loaiza. “We didn’t have many good at-bats and I didn’t have any.”

The Indians will now face a stretch of nine games on the road, including two key series against the White Sox and Yankees.

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