Wrapping up the road trip, the Orioles got swept by Cleveland in the 2-4 loss, bringing their losing streak to seven games—the longest under Buck Showalter. Fausto Carmona won the game while Brad Bergesen got the loss. Chris Perez recorded the save.
Once again, the Indians struck early, getting a run in the second off Bergesen on a solo shot by Carlos Santana.
In his return to the Indians, after playing in only 33 games last season, Grady Sizemore took Bergesen deep in the third to add on another run to the lead.
The Orioles got on the board in the fourth inning. Brian Roberts leadoff the inning with a single and moves to third on a single by Nick Markakis. Roberts came in to score on a ground out double play by Derrek Lee.
The Tribe got the run back in the bottom of the inning when Orlando Cabrera singled to third base and moved to second on a throwing error by Reynolds. John Buck singled, scoring Cabrera, but was thrown out as he attempted to take second.
Bergesen’s day was finished after a five inning outing. He gave up three runs on six hits with three strike outs while walking none. He allowed three extra base hits: the two home runs and a double. Bergesen recorded nine ground outs.
The Indians continued to utilize the windy conditions in Cleveland in the sixth inning as Travis Hafner increased the team’s lead tagged the ball over the right field wall against Jeremy Accardo, who took over for Bergesen.
Answering the additional run of the Tribe, the Orioles added on a second run in the seventh inning. Lee started off the inning with a walk and moved around to third on a single by Vladimir Guerrero. Luke Scott hit a sacrifice line drive to left field to drive in Lee.
Accardo worked two innings giving up a run on one hit. Koji Uehara came on the pitch in the eighth inning. He walked two and struck out two in his one inning outing.
The Indians starter Fausto Carmona was on the mound for seven innings, surrendering two runs on five hits. He retired the O’s in order four times, including the first three innings of the game. The bullpen worked the final two innings of the game. Troy Sipp and Perez combined for only one hit and no runs.
Roberts continued his hitting streak, bringing it to five games after going 3-for-4 on the day with a double. Markakis is still struggling at the plate with a hit in four at bats today. His average is at a uncharacteristically low .222 on the season.
Oriole pitching has given up 49 runs in the past seven games while giving up only 14 in the previous seven.
The Birds come home tomorrow to face Francisco Liriano (0-3) and the Minnesota Twins. Chris Tillman (0-1) is slated to make the start for Baltimore.