OAKLAND -- Graham Godfrey searched his memory banks for anything that came close to his control problems on Friday night. Nothing came up.
"That might be the most I've ever walked in a game," Godfrey said following the Oakland Athletics' 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians. "Something is not right. Stuff-wise I was very pleased. I couldn't locate when I needed."
Godfrey (0-3) was effective when he was able to get the ball over the plate, taking a no-hitter into the fourth and finishing with a three-hitter over five innings. It's just that he walked five batters and hit two others while striking out three.
"When you give them that many opportunities they will figure out a way to push some runs across the plate," Godfrey said. "It came down to the walks. It could have been better." His personal losing streak reached four, dating to last year. He won his first game in his second career start and it has been a rough road ever since.
"He got behind some guys, which he has done in the past but usually recovers," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "It was a struggle tonight. It didn't get out of hand but it was not his best effort."
The loss dropped the A's below .500 again. Oakland has not been above the mark in over a year.
"At this point in time you're looking where you are in relation to .500," Melvin said. "We're going to swing the bats better than we have been doing."
Josh Reddick had two hits, including a home run, and Yoenis Cespedes had three hits and drove in two runs for the A's. Jemile Weeks also had two hits for the A's, including the team's first triple of the season.
"Weeks is starting to hit the ball better and we'll get Coco Crisp back soon," Melvin said. "Reddick has been consistent all year and Yoenis continues to get better."
Oakland had its three-game winning streak snapped and is now 2-2 in one-run games.
While run production has been a problem, Melvin can at least look at the middle of the batting order with some hope -- and Manny Ramirez lurking on the horizon.
"We had several innings where we felt we had an opportunity to score more runs," Melvin said. "We just didn't get it done." Reddick's second home run of the season tied the game at 1-1 in the third. Cespedes drove in runs in the fifth and seventh.
The Indians scored their first run without benefit of a hit as Godfrey walked the bases loaded ahead of Jack Hannahan's sacrifice fly in the second. Hannahan added a two-run double in the fourth and Shin-Soo Choo drove in a run in the fifth.
"I have a lot of respect for a lot of these players and Billy Beane for giving me the opportunity," Hannahan said of facing his former team. "It's always good to see good fans and old teammates."
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.