Carrasco and Andrew Miller combined on a four-hitter, Santana homered in the eighth inning and the Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 1-0 on Monday night.
"The way I pitched today", he said, "that's the way I feel I can pitch all the time". "It's going to be really important that I get back on the same level everyone else is".
Eight A's had at least one hit while six had one RBI or more.
"They got pretty good swings at his fastball", Francona said.
Left-hander Andrew Miller struck out the side in the ninth for his 11th save, his second as an Indian. Granted, allowing five runs is nothing to write home about but if it weren't for a Cody Allen implosion in the ninth inning, Carrasco would have received the win.
"I thought maybe foul", Santana said of his initial reaction to the ball that almost reached the second deck in the spacious Oakland stadium. "He tried to throw middle away and the fastball stayed in the middle". With Carlos Carrasco set to oppose Andrew Triggs in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 7.5 runs, down from the opening number of 8. Ramirez's RBI single tied the game in the eighth inning of Thursday's eventual 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox, his ninth-inning homer tied it up in Friday's eventual 3-2 victory over Toronto and his two-run blast in the eighth proved to be the winning hit in Sunday's 3-2 triumph over the Blue Jays. The Indians are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. Triggs is 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA.
A's manager Bob Melvin said he expects to have Danny Valencia back in the lineup Tuesday. "My legs maybe got a little wobbly, but I felt a lot better than even I would've anticipated". The loss dropped the A's a season-high 19 games under.500 at 53-72.
There will be much description of the feelings of the fans and the actions of the players throughout the course of the baseball game contested between the teams.
NOTES: Before the game, the A's announced that 1B/3B Danny Valencia and DH Billy Butler were fined, but not suspended, for their fight in the clubhouse before a Friday win at Texas.
For Healy, the double that brought home Davis in the fifth was his second hit of the game as he stretched his career-best hitting streak to 10 consecutive games. "It's probably one of those where if they call him safe they don't overturn it either way", Francona said.
Davis needs seven more over the final 36 games to become the A's first 40-homer man since Jason Giambi in 2000.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Indians are -147 money line favorites versus the A's, who have odds of +132 to pull off the upset in Cleveland. The team is hopeful the catcher can return before the end of the regular season and confident he'll be available for the postseason if the Indians make it that far. He could be reinstated from the disabled list this week. Valencia struck out looking as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. The A's also started the game without SS Marcus Semien, who was with his wife awaiting the birth of their child. The A's recalled INF Arismendy Alcantara from Triple-A Nashville to replace Butler on the active roster. UP NEXT Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (11-4) faces Oakland on Tuesday in his second start since coming off the disabled list.
Manaea (5-8) won for just the second time since June 29, striking out eight and walking two.
The pitching pairing has the look of a mismatch, with the first-place Indians sending their second-biggest winner (Salazar, 11-4, 3.57 ERA) against the last-place Athletics' second-biggest loser (left-hander Sean Manaea, 4-8, 4.73 ERA).