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Britton stars as Orioles beat White Sox 5-2

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Britton stars as Orioles beat White Sox 5-2

Perhaps the Orioles could have been forgiven to looking ahead to this weekends series. The Orioles-Yankees matchup will be the most anticipated in 15 years for area fans.First, the Orioles had to face another division leader, the Chicago White Sox, who are ahead of the AL Central. On Thursday afternoon, the Orioles polished off the White Sox, taking three of four against them.The 5-2 win before 10,141 at Oriole Park on Thursday afternoon, puts them just three games behind New York in the AL East.Zach Britton (4-1) struck out a career-high 10 hitters in eight innings.
Even though he allowed five hits in the first two innings, just one scored, and allowed just two more baserunners after Gordon Beckhams second-inning RBI single. He gave up seven hits and walked one.The Orioles (72-58) had five consecutive two-out extra-base hits off Jose Quintana (5-3) in the third. Taylor Teagarden hit his second home run, his first since making his Orioles debut with a game-winning 13th inning homer.Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy each doubled and Adam Jones hit his 26th home run, a career-high, for a 4-1 lead. Mark Reynolds doubled off the top of the left field wall, but Lew Ford grounded to third to end the inning.Teagardens fourth-inning RBI double gave the Orioles a 5-1 lead.Chicago (72-58) had a great opportunity in the second. A.J. Pierzynski was thrown out trying to score on Alexei Ramirezs single. Adam Jones cut down Pierzynski, who inexplicably didnt slide. Gordon Beckhams single drove in Dayan Viciedo. Quintana was pulled after 3 23 innings. He allowed five runs on seven hits.Pedro Strop got one out in the ninth, but allowed two hits, and Jim Johnson came on to retire Viciedo for the second out. He gave up an RBI single to Ramirez and struck out Beckham for his 41st save of the season.NOTES:-The Orioles will add Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin to their staff on Sept. 11. Minor league instructors Bobby Dickerson and Don Werner will join the team in Toronto on Monday and head for the Instructional League when Johnson and Griffin arrive. Pitching rehab coordinator Scott McGregor will be will the team for the rest of the season. -The Orioles open a three-game series in New York with the Yankees on Friday night. Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.66) and Hiroki Kuroda (12-9, 2.98) are scheduled to pitch.

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Indians' 14-hit victory hands Orioles 8th loss in 9 games

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Indians' 14-hit victory hands Orioles 8th loss in 9 games

BALTIMORE — The Cleveland Indians figured it would only be a matter of time before their struggling offense provided some support to a solid starting rotation.

Jose Ramirez and the rest of the batting order finally got into a groove Sunday, and the result was a 14-hit attack that carried Corey Kluber and the Indians past the Baltimore Orioles 7-3.

Cleveland came into the game with a .211 team batting average and ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs scored. On this day, however, Ramirez hit a solo shot in the fourth inning and a two-run drive in the ninth, and Yan Gomes had three hits to lift his batting average 41 points to .261.

"When things are not going my way, I stay positive and work it," Ramirez said through a translator. "I know eventually I'm going to break out."

Ramirez has three homers in two games and a team-leading seven for the season.

"I try not to do too much," Ramirez said. "I just look for a good pitch and then I hit it somewhere."

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Kluber yielded two home runs to Manny Machado, but the Indians twice came from behind before tacking on three runs in the ninth.

"I thought we did a pretty good job," manager Terry Francona said. "When they came back, we came back at them. We kept pushing and took some better swings."

Kluber (3-1) allowed three runs and six hits over seven-plus innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner walked none and struck out four to move past Charles Nagy into sixth place on the Indians' career strikeout list with 1,238.

"It doesn't matter if you feel you pitched well or didn't pitch well. The goal is to end the game with more runs they do," Kluber said. "That's what we did."

Machado's third multihomer game of the season wasn't enough to prevent the Orioles from losing for the ninth time in 10 games, a skid that has dropped them 10 games under .500 (6-16).

"You know what? There's no excuse for what's happening," Machado said. "We need to play better overall. Nobody is in here pointing fingers. We are in here together, and we are going to ride or die together."

Andrew Cashner (1-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out seven. He's 0-3 with 7.41 ERA in three lifetime appearances against the Indians.

After Machado connected in the first inning, Cleveland went up 2-1 in the fourth when Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso hit successive doubles following a leadoff homer by Ramirez.

Baltimore regained the lead in the bottom half. After Machado homered, Adam Jones doubled and scored on a single by Chris Davis.

A pair of walks and run-scoring singles by Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley put the Indians up 4-3 in the fifth.

"Once you get the lead, you can't give it up," Cashner lamented.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: CF Bradley Zimmer was a late scratch with a mild right ankle sprain. He was replaced by Rajai Davis.

Orioles: LF Trey Mancini missed a second straight game with a swollen right knee. ... DH Mark Trumbo (strained right quad) will begin a three-game stint with Double-A Bowie on Monday, then play three games with Triple-A Norfolk later in the week, manager Buck Showalter said. He won't be rushed to return. "It's important we get it right the first time," Showalter said.

WELL RESTED

Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin threw a side session Saturday and is expected to start Tuesday against the Cubs. Francona opted to skip Tomlin's last scheduled start Wednesday to reset the rotation after Cleveland had two straight games postponed last weekend.

UP NEXT

Indians: Carlos Carrasco (3-0, 3.48 ERA) starts the series finale Monday night. The right-hander is 9-0 with a 1.75 ERA over his past 11 starts since Aug. 27.

Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 5.57) makes his fifth start of the season after allowing 27 hits -- including six homers -- over 21 innings.

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

BALTIMORE -- Mike Clevenger pitched a two-hitter in his first career complete game, and the Cleveland Indians hit three solo homers off Chris Tillman in a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 with his team-leading fifth home run. Yan Gomes and Yonder Alonso also went deep for Cleveland, which came into the game ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs and last in batting average.

Clevenger (2-0) hardly needed the offensive support. Pitching on seven days' rest, the right-hander struck out three, walked two and allowed only one runner past first base.

The only two hits he allowed were singles by Manny Machado in the fourth inning and Chance Sisco in the fifth.

It was Clevenger's 35th career start. His previous longest outing was 7 1/3 innings, earlier this month against Kansas City.

While Clevenger is unbeaten in 11 starts since July 31, Tillman has experienced an opposite fate. This was his 22nd straight start without a victory, dating back to his first outing last season.

Tillman (0-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and a walk in six innings. The three home runs were one more than he yielded in his first three starts this season.

Michael Brantley hit a run-scoring groundout in the first inning and Gomes connected in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.

The Orioles put runners on the corners with one out in the fourth, their lone threat against Clevenger, who responded by retiring Tim Beckham on a short fly to left and getting Anthony Santander to ground out.

Ramirez led off the sixth with a drive to left, and Alonso hit a two-out shot that landed on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field scoreboard.