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Orioles get sixth win in a row with 9-4 win

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Orioles get sixth win in a row with 9-4 win

BALTIMORE –- Buck Showalter can’t neatly summarize the Orioles six-game winning streak. There’s not just one things that contributes to it.

“You’ve got to be doing a lot of things well,” Showalter said after the Orioles’ 9-4 win over the New York Yankees before 38,909 at Oriole Park on Saturday night.

Showalter has had four six-game winning streaks in his five years as Orioles manager, and with the win moves past Hank Bauer for third place on the team’s win list.

Just 10 days ago, the Orioles fell six games under .500, and they were five games out of first place.

Since then, they’ve won eight of nine and on Sunday will try for their seventh straight win. They haven’t won that many in a row since an eight-game run from Apr. 22-May 1, 2005.

Showalter doesn’t like to worry, but he doesn’t like to waste opportunities, either.

”It’s never too early to play better baseball,” Showalter said.

The Orioles (31-30) are still in fourth place, but trail the Yankees (33-28) by two games. Tampa Bay (34-29) and Toronto (33-30) are just ahead. It’s the first time the Orioles are a game over .500 since May 3.

Chaz Roe (2-0) picked up his second win in the last five games with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

In the first inning, Bud Norris allowed a one-out double to Chase Headley. After Alex Rodriguez grounded out to third, Mark Teixeira singled to score Headley. Teixeira came home on Brian McCann’s double.

Norris allowed a double to Stephen Drew in the second, then retired 11 straight.

Manny Machado singled to lead off the third off CC Sabathia. Reimold popped a ball in front of the Orioles dugout where McCann and Teixeira converged on it. They let it drop into the dugout and a few moments later, Reimold homered to right to tie the score at 2.

Ryan Flaherty led off the fifth with a single and Machado hit a long two-run home run into the Orioles bullpen, his 11th, and the Orioles led 4-2.

Machado equaled his career high with four RBIs.

“It feels good. Keep it rolling. We finally got pieces coming back and the team’s playing well. We are finally playing as a team. We haven’t had people healthy and playing together for a long time. So we’re excited to have everybody on the field healthy and playing,” Machado said.

A-Rod’s two-run home run tied the score at 4 in the top of the sixth. He has 2,995 hits and 2,001 RBI. Rodriguez trails only Hank Aaron (2,297) in runs batted in.

Teixeira doubled, and McCann grounded to Steve Pearce at first. Pearce threw to third, and Machado tagged McCann out. With two outs, Didi Gregorius doubled, and T.J. McFarland replaced Norris. McFarland walked Drew to load the bases, and Chris Young batted for Mason Williams. Young flied to center off Roe to end the inning.

Norris allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. It was his second start since missing four weeks with bronchitis.

"I worked deeper into the game. It felt good to get back out there and find a groove. I really thought I found a groove in the middle innings there. Buck made a decision to go to the 'pen [in the sixth], and we got out of it. We scored a bunch the next inning, and nice win,” Norris said.

Wieters doubled to lead off the sixth. He moved to third on a wild pitch by Chris Martin (0-2), and scored when J.J. Hardy singled through a drawn-in infield. With one out, Flaherty singled. Martin’s second wild pitch of the inning put runners on second and third, and Machado singled for 7-4 lead.

The Orioles added two more runs in the seventh on David Lough’s pinch-hit home run, his second and an RBI double by Pearce.

Showalter gets Brian Matusz back on Sunday, and his bullpen has been heavily taxed in Matusz’s absence. Even though the Orioles went 7-1 in his eight-game suspension, the bullpen worked has carried an enormous load.

It’s possible the Orioles will make a change in the bullpen for Sunday’s game. McFarland, who has allowed baserunners in each of his 10 appearances, could be optioned to Norfolk.

Tyler Wilson, who is scheduled to start on Sunday for the Tides, could be summoned to Baltimore.

According to STATS, on Sunday, the Orioles will try to sweep consecutive series from the Boston Red Sox and Yankees for the first time since Sept. 9-13, 1970.

NOTES: Lough’s pinch-hit home run was the Orioles’ first of the season. … Reimold’s fifth-inning triple was his first since Sept. 27, 2011. … Adam Warren (4-4, 3.64) faces Mike Wright (2-1, 2.96) on Sunday at 1:35 p.m.

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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.