ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Now that the Orioles have finally qualified for the postseason, Brian Roberts wont participate after 11 seasons of futility. After missing most of the last three seasons with two concussions and a back injury, Roberts made it back to the Orioles in June. He played 17 games before he injured his right hip.After August surgery in Vail, Colo., Roberts is rehabbing the hip in Sarasota, Fla. Hes been at Tropicana Field for the Orioles-Rays games this week.Its great, but its hard at the same time, Roberts said.The two Orioles with the most seniority, Nick Markakis and Roberts, arent going to be able to play in the postseason, though Markakis holds out hope that he could play in the World Series if the Orioles get that far.Its definitely ironic, I guess. I look at as we expect to be in the same place next year, so were going to soak it in, enjoy the atmosphere, support the guys. I think that we both feel weve been a part of being here, Roberts said.Unfortunately, were not on the field for it.Roberts has been avidly following the Orioles during his rehab.After being here for a long time, this is what you play for, this is what we as players go through the six-month off-season training for, play the 162 games for, its certainly disappointing in some ways, but at the same time, Im extremely happy for the organization, our fans, our city, the Angeloses, people who have been there for me for a lot of times, Roberts said.He says his hip is feeling stronger. I think its gone very smooth so far. Im looking forward to having a fairly normal routine of getting ready for the season, Roberts said.I should be ready for the first day of spring training.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.