After a two hour rain delay, the Orioles dropped their sixth in a row with the 8-3 loss to the Indians. Jeremy Guthrie was handed the loss and Josh Tomlin earned the win.
The Indians jumped out early again, taking the lead in the second inning. Guthrie surrendered a leadoff walk to Michael Brantley, who moved to second on a wild pitch, and then scored on a fielder’s choice by Orlando Cabrera. John Buck then singled to right field and brought Cabrera around to third base, who scored on a double by Matt LaPorta. Guthrie finished the inning by striking out Jack Hannahan and Brantley.
Jake Fox got the Orioles on the board with his first home run on the season, a solo shot to left field in the third inning.
Cleveland got the run back with a one run homerun by Shin-soo Choo in the third inning. They then added another run on a two-out single by O. Cabrera that followed a Travis Hafner single, who came around to score. Cabrera scored on a double to right field by Buck. LaPorta hit him in with a single past third base, giving the Tribe the 6-1 lead.
Luke Scott gave the ball just enough lift in the fifth to pop it over the right field wall. The bats seemed to wake up after Jones bunted for a base hit and Reynolds and Andino singled, but they left the bases loaded when Brian Roberts flied out and Nick Markakis grounded out.
In the last five games, starters are 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA, working 23 innings and giving up 23 runs. This afternoon, starter Jeremy Guthrie threw five innings, allowing six runs on ten hits. He walked one and struck out two. Guthrie’s ERA increased to 3.32.
Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits with four strike outs. He sat the side down in order three times, with the only extra base hit off him being the homerun by Fox.
Chris Jakubauskas took over in relief in the sixth inning, working one scoreless inning and allowed only one hit. His ERA went down to 7.36.
Baltimore tacked on an additional run when Fox led off the seventh with a triple. Robert Andino followed with a walk and Brian Roberts singled to bring Fox in.
Mike Gonzalez came on to work in the seventh. He gave up a two run homerun to Orlando Cabrera, his second homer on the season, after Hafner singled. Gonzalez struck out Buck to finish the inning. Jason Berken relieved in the eighth, sitting the Indians down in order.
Indians relief gave up one run over the three innings of work. They surrendered three hits and walked one while striking out two.
Brian Roberts extended his hit streak to four games. The team came into the game with a .219 batting average over the last six games. The team left nine runners on base and were 2-11 with runners in scoring position.
For the series finale tomorrow, Brad Bergesen (0-1) will take the mound for the O’s, facing Fausto Carmona (0-2). Baltimore will try to avoid the sweep during the day game.