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Gausman pitches well, gets little support in 3-2 loss

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Gausman pitches well, gets little support in 3-2 loss

OAKLAND, Calif. – Buck Showalter likes to say that momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher. A night after the Orioles’ home run barrage in Chicago, Kevin Gausman hoped that he would get some of that support.

Unfortunately for Gausman, despite pitching well, the Orioles didn’t support him, and he allowed two runs in six innings, usually good often for a win, but in this case, the Oakland Athletics beat the Orioles 3-2 before 10,407 at O.co. Coliseum.

“I don’t think our guys get up in the morning and say, ‘Kevin’s pitching today. Let’s not score any runs,’” Showalter said. “If he continues to pitch well, he’ll get his share.”

On Sunday, the Orioles scored 10 runs and hit five home runs in Chicago with Manny Machado hitting three in the first three innings. 

Against Kendall Graveman, who allowed four homers in 2 2/3 innings in Baltimore on May 8, they were limited to six singles in seven innings. 

Machado hit a home run, his 26th against Ryan Dull in the eighth. 

“I don’t know if anything surprises me anymore that he does. He’s one of the best in the game. Obviously, his ability has always been great, but really the last two years it seems like he’s got a great idea what the pitcher’s going to throw at him. You don’t see him take many ugly swings and misses where he spins around anymore. Kind of seems like he has a good idea up there all the time,” Gausman said. 

Gausman (3-9) allowed a home run to Stephen Vogt leading off the fourth, and an RBI single by Billy Butler in the sixth. He gave up six hits, walked two and struck out six. 

“I felt locked in from the first pitch on, really. Had a really good split tonight. Kind of relied on that more than anything. And it was really good against right-handed hitters. When my split’s going good against righties, that’s when I know it’s on,” Gausman said. 

He obviously wasn’t pleased with the pitch to Vogt.
“I was trying to throw a fastball up. I felt like I had him set up for it and didn’t get it up there. Kind of left it middle-middle, really, and I think he was looking for a fastball and obviously didn’t miss it,” Gausman said.

With one out in the third, J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones singled against Graveman (8-7). Hyun Soo Kim extended his hitting streak to 10 games when his fly ball fell between center fielder Coco Crisp and right fielder Danny Valencia. 

Machado popped out in the massive foul ground to first baseman Yonder Alonso, who caught the ball with his back to the infield. Hardy scored ahead of Alonso’s throw. 

That was the only run scored in the six innings Gausman was pitching.

"He pitched well again. It was good to see. He had little hiccup last time out, but he threw the ball good. We just didn’t mount much offensively. The three hits we got to load the bases were pretty cheap variety too. We had some good people up, just didn’t have a chance to get a hit there, maybe open it up and get some breathing room. Kevin hasn’t had much breathing room,” Showalter said. 

The Orioles (63-48) who lost their game lead in the AL East because Toronto won.

Vogt had an RBI single in the seventh against Logan Ondrusek to give Oakland (49-63) a 3-1 lead. 

Machado hit a long home run to left-center field off Ryan Dull in the eighth. 

“Since he’s come up to the big leagues, he’s been quite an impressive player. He’s only going to get better and better. That’s the scary part,” Jones said. 

Ryan Madson earned his 23rd save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth. 

“It’s just part of the game. It’s crazy. Yesterday we scored 10 runs. Today we scored two. Sometimes you think we wished we could have used some runs from yesterday, but it’s just how the game works. He’s been throwing the heck out of the ball. Tonight, threw the heck out of the ball. He’s controlling what he can control, and that’s on the mound. As an offense, we’ve got to clean it up when he’s out there starting because he’s been giving us some really, really good quality starts,” Jones said. 

NOTES: Gausman is 3-19 on the road with a 5.56 ERA. … Wade Miley (7-9, 5.08) faces Zach Neal (1-1, 5.25) on Tuesday night. 

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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

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.