American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Cleveland|
(Sunday, August 17)
Final Score: Baltimore 4, Cleveland 1
Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Gausman and three relievers combined
on a two-hitter and the Baltimore Orioles avoided being swept by the Cleveland
Indians with a 4-1 win on Sunday to end their three-game series.
Gausman (7-4) gave up a run on two hits and four walks in six innings for the
Orioles, who avoided what could have been their first three-game losing streak
since late May.
Chris Davis hit a go-ahead RBI double and Steve Pearce and Jonathan Schoop
each belted solo homers for the AL East leaders.
Danny Salazar (4-6) yielded two runs on four hits and a walk in five-plus
innings for the Indians, who finished 3-2 on a rain-shortened homestand.
The game was scoreless until Carlos Santana doubled in the fourth inning and
scored on Jason Kipnis' single to five the Indians a 1-0 lead. They were the
only two Cleveland hits in the game.
"We've played a lot of low-scoring games and it kind of had that feeling
today," said Indians manager Terry Francona.
Gausman worked around a pair of walks in the fifth inning and threw a perfect
sixth before Darren O'Day, Andrew Miller and Zach Britton finished the game
with an inning apiece.
Miller struck out the side in the eighth and Britton got an inning-ending
double play in the ninth after walking Santana to earn his 26th save.
"I feel like if (the) starters can go five innings with the lead, we have a
really good chance of getting a win," said Gausman. "We have guys out there
that can go multiple innings on back-to-back days and then we also have our
Salazar made it unscathed through a couple of jams but was taken out after
giving up a leadoff double to Pearce and then hitting Adam Jones on the arm in
the sixth inning.
Scott Atchison got the next two batters out but Pearce scored from second base
on J.J. Hardy's single through the ride side, sliding ahead of the tag, and
Jones came home on Davis' double inside the left-field line to give Baltimore
its first lead of the series.
Pearce lined C.C. Lee's second pitch into the left field seats for a two-out
homer in the seventh inning to give the Orioles a 3-1 advantage. It was his
12th homer of the season.
Schoop also hit his 12th, knocking Kyle Crockett's 91 mph fastball over the
center-field wall to lead off the ninth inning.
Baltimore had won eight straight series before this set ... The Indians won
the season series 4-3 ... The Orioles haven't lost three in a row since a
four-game slide from May 27-30. They improved to 8-1 this season after being
shut out in the previous game ... The Orioles remain on the road to play their
next six games in Chicago, the first three against the White Sox starting
Monday and the last three against the Cubs ... The Indians will play three
games on the road against Minnesota starting Tuesday.
08/17 19:57:09 ET