OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Corey Kluber was already struggling with his command when he was forced to take a nearly five-minute break for a replay challenge. The long delay sure didn't help his cause.
Kluber failed to get out of the fourth inning and lost for the first time since last June and the Cleveland Indians were shut down by former teammate Scott Kazmir in a 6-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics in the opener of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.
Kluber (0-1) allowed five runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings, including an RBI single by Jed Lowrie after the lengthy replay review went Cleveland's way in the second inning.
"By that point it was apparent I was searching and I don't think that had anything to do with it," Kluber said. "That being said, I thought it took way too long. It took away from the flow of the game and that's what they are trying to avoid."
Lowrie's hit gave Oakland a 3-0 lead Alberto Callaspo's two-run homer an inning later put him in a hole too deep for the Indians to overcome.
Kazmir (1-0) allowed three hits and no walks in 7 1-3 innings in a successful Oakland debut just months after leaving Cleveland to sign a $22 million, two-year deal with the A's.
"He gave us a taste of our own medicine from what we saw last year," Indians outfielder Nick Swisher said. "I just hate that it happened to us."
Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Moss added RBI hits for the Athletics, who broke out offensively after being shut out Monday in their big league record 10th straight opening loss.
But behind a strong performance from Kazmir, the A's followed an opening day defeat with a victory for the seventh time in those 10 years.
"With a team like Cleveland you have to get ahead because they are a great fastball hitting team," Kazmir said. "Whenever you're behind that's pretty much what you have to challenge them with. Early in the game I was able to get ahead in the count and mix all my pitches in and keep them off balance."
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