Starling Marte, A’s aim to keep rolling in Cleveland

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Starling Marte aims to continue his sterling stretch with his new team on Tuesday when the visiting Oakland Athletics open a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians.

Marte, 32, is batting a robust .536 (15-for-28) with two homers and six RBIs in six games this month. He went 4-for-5 with an RBI single and a run on Sunday as Oakland posted its eighth win in 10 outings, a 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers.

“He’s a pretty electric player,” Athletics outfielder Mark Canha said of Marte. “When he gets on base, he’s so fast. He’s hitting right now, too. Just getting on base a ton and driving in runs. He’s been great, man. Really great.”

Marte has collected at least three hits and a stolen base in three games since being acquired from the Miami Marlins in exchange for left-hander Jesus Luzardo on July 28.

“He’s doing all of the above,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “Whether it’s big hits or just understanding going the other way. Knowing when to steal — he creates all kinds of havoc on the bases. There’s a lot of stuff to like.”

Athletics left-hander Sean Manaea (8-7, 3.26 ERA) will get the nod on Tuesday looking to avenge a difficult outing his last trip to the mound. He allowed five runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings of an 8-1 setback to the San Diego Padres on Aug. 3.

Manaea, 29, has fared well in four career starts against Cleveland, posting a 3-0 record with a 2.39 ERA while keeping Jose Ramirez at bay (1-for-11, five strikeouts). Manaea settled for a no-decision versus the Indians on July 16 after permitting three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Ramirez made a major contribution on Monday, belting a two-run homer and adding an RBI triple as Cleveland cruised to a 9-3 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

Amed Rosario recorded his fourth four-hit performance of the season to raise his average to .432 (16-for-37) over his past nine games.

“Those at-bats I just try to take it one at-bat at a time. Stay focused and stay concentrated,” Rosario said via a translator on Bally Sports Cleveland.

Rosario went 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles in July at Oakland, helping the Indians take two of three from the Athletics.

Bradley Zimmer also played a large role in fueling Cleveland in that series, going 5-for-12 with two homers and four RBIs.

Zimmer made an impact on Monday by crushing a 471-foot homer to lead off the seventh inning.

“We talked about his skill set and versatility on both sides of the ball,” Indians acting manager DeMarlo Hale said, “so I was happy to see that it’s coming out more and more.”

Cleveland right-hander Triston McKenzie (1-5, 5.89 ERA) will oppose the A’s on Tuesday.

McKenzie, 24, took the loss in his latest outing after yielding three runs on five hits in seven innings of a 3-0 setback against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.

He will be making his first career appearance against Oakland on Tuesday.

–Field Level Media

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