Cleveland at Baltimore

W: D. Cabrera (2-3) L: J. Sowers (0-2)
HR: CLE - V. Martinez (3)   BAL - R. Hernandez (1)

Orioles 8, Indians 2

CBS wire reports

BALTIMORE -- In an effort to get some production from his struggling offense, Baltimore Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo has taken to shuffling the batting order. One move that appears to have paid off: putting Ramon Hernandez in the cleanup spot.

Hernandez homered and drove in four runs to back a fine pitching performance by Daniel Cabrera, and the Orioles breezed past the Cleveland Indians 8-2 Saturday night.

Hernandez hit a three-run homer in the first inning and added a sacrifice fly in a three-run second. Although he was 0-for-6 in his previous two games batting fourth, Hernandez came through in a big way in helping the Orioles win their second straight.

"As long as he's hitting the ball like that," Perlozzo said, "he can stay" at cleanup.

Hernandez missed the first 3½ weeks of the season with a strained muscle in his rib cage, but since his return he's been Baltimore's most productive hitter, driving in 10 runs in only eight games.

"I'm just trying to see the ball, make good contact on it and hit it on a good spot," said Hernandez, who slammed two balls to the warning track that traveled farther than his home run, which bounced off the left-field foul pole.

"He hit the ball extremely well," Perlozzo said. "Those outs, in the summertime they're probably out, too."

Batting cleanup is fine, but Hernandez isn't exactly obsessed with filling the position in the lineup usually manned by Miguel Tejada.

"I don't care where I'm hitting," he said. "I don't think about hitting fourth. I'll swing the same way if I'm hitting ninth. As long as I'm in the lineup, I'm happy."

Jay Payton had three hits, two RBI and scored twice for the Orioles, who had gone 16 games without scoring more than seven runs.

Kevin Millar chipped in with a seventh-inning single, his 1,000th career hit.

Cabrera (2-3) gave up one run and three hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking four. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts since April 9.

Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI for the Indians, who have lost two in a row after winning 10 of 11.

"We weren't able to get anything going offensively against Cabrera," manager Eric Wedge said. "He was real good."

Indians starter Jeremy Sowers (0-2) lasted only two innings, his shortest outing in 20 career starts. He allowed six runs, five hits and three walks.

"It was a really poor performance. I wasn't pitching very confidently and it was a very short night," Sowers said.

Baltimore is 3-9 in its last 12 games. Two of those wins came in games started by Sowers, who received a no-decision in the Orioles' 7-4 victory on April 27.

"Jeremy hasn't gotten that momentum going," Wedge said. "You like to see starters feed off one start to the next and get it going again, and we just haven't seen that just yet from Jeremy."

Hernandez put Baltimore up 3-0 with his first homer of the season, ending a run of 57 innings in which the Orioles failed to score at least three runs.

Baltimore added three more in the second to make it 6-0. Millar and Corey Patterson walked before Brian Roberts hit into a force play at second. After Roberts stole second without a throw, Payton delivered a two-run single. Tejada followed with a single and Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly to deep center.

"I was predictable tonight," Sowers said. "I had a chance to go back out there in the second inning and try to just put the first inning behind, and I put the first two guys on base. Those guys usually score."

In the Cleveland fourth, a single, a walk and two wild pitches put runners on second and third with no outs. Cabrera then struck out Ryan Garko, retired Jhonny Peralta on a foul pop and struck out Casey Blake.

Baltimore went up 7-0 against Jason Davis in the bottom half. Roberts doubled, advanced on a single by Payton and scored on a fly ball by Tejada.

Singles by Melvin Mora and Nick Markakis, along with a throwing error by Peralta at short, made it 8-0 in the fifth.

Martinez hit a solo homer in the sixth and singled in a run off Jamie Walker in the eighth. He has 17 RBI in his last 16 games.


Roberts has 11 steals in 12 tries. ... All three of Martinez's homers have come on the road. ... Cleveland fell to 15-4 against right-handed starters. ... Baltimore had a season-high tying 13 hits.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
Players of the Game

D. Cabrera
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 4
K 6

R. Hernandez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

Related Video

Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF2000120 .240
   a- Jason Michaels, PH-CF2010002 .240
David Dellucci, LF4100002 .243
Travis Hafner, DH4010011 .316
Victor Martinez, C4132000 .338
Trot Nixon, RF2000201 .271
Ryan Garko, 1B4000013 .268
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000112 .245
Casey Blake, 3B4010024 .206
Mike Rouse, 2B4020000 .167
a-singled for Sizemore in the 8th
2B - Mike Rouse (1, Cabrera)
HR - Victor Martinez (3, Cabrera)
RBI - Victor Martinez 2 (23)
Team LOB - 8
E - Jhonny Peralta (6, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Jeremy Sowers (L,0-2) 2566301 5.87
Jason Davis 3522000 4.76
Rafael Perez 3300130 0.00
WP - Jeremy Sowers (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Sowers 44-23, Jason Davis 49-35, Rafael Perez 41-34
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Sowers 2-4, Jason Davis 4-5, Rafael Perez 4-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Sowers 14, Jason Davis 14, Rafael Perez 13
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5220002 .272
Jay Payton, LF5232011 .313
Miguel Tejada, SS3121100 .350
Ramon Hernandez, C4114002 .250
Aubrey Huff, DH5010014 .239
Melvin Mora, 3B3120101 .246
Nick Markakis, RF4010013 .248
Kevin Millar, 1B3110101 .230
Corey Patterson, CF3000104 .234
2B - Brian Roberts (7, Davis)
HR - Ramon Hernandez (1, Sowers)
SF - Miguel Tejada (1), Ramon Hernandez (2)
RBI - Jay Payton 2 (5), Miguel Tejada (15), Ramon Hernandez 4 (10)
SB - Brian Roberts (12, 2nd base off Sowers/Martinez), Jay Payton (1, 3rd base off Sowers/Martinez)
Team LOB - 9
DP - B. Roberts-Tejada-Millar, B. Roberts-Tejada-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Daniel Cabrera (W,2-3) 7311461 4.00
Jamie Walker 1311000 2.19
Todd Williams 1200010 0.00
WP - Daniel Cabrera 2 (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 113-69, Jamie Walker 12-9, Todd Williams 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 5-9, Jamie Walker 2-0, Todd Williams 2-0
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 27, Jamie Walker 5, Todd Williams 5
Game Information
Attendance - 25752
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg