A's Back Ross on Birthday in 5-1 Win Over Indians

Seth Smith hit a two-run homer, helping Tyson Ross get his first win in nearly a year as the Oakland Athletics avoided a series sweep with a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

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    Eric Sogard #28 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by teammates after he scored in the eighth inning of their game against the Cleveland Indians at O.co Coliseum on April 22, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    Seth Smith hit a two-run homer, helping Tyson Ross get his first win in nearly a year as the Oakland Athletics avoided a series sweep with a 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

    Cliff Pennington had two hits and drove in two runs for the A's, who ended a two-game slide and have won four of six.

    Kurt Suzuki also drove in a run. Ross (1-0) allowed a run and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He walked five and struck out four while getting his first victory since last May 14 against the Chicago White Sox.

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