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Indians' Carmona returns with another sparkling outing vs. Orioles

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- Fausto Carmona won't have to worry about going back to the minor leagues anytime soon. With Jake Westbrook on the disabled list, Carmona has a job in the Cleveland Indians' rotation.

If Carmona has one regret, it's that the Indians are done playing the Baltimore Orioles this season.

Travis Hafner hit a grand slam and Carmona allowed one unearned run in seven innings, leading the Indians to a 10-1 victory Monday for a split of the four-game series.

The Indians broke open a tie game with a four-run seventh inning, and Hafner hit his ninth career grand slam in the eighth off Jamie Walker. Jhonny Peralta added a solo shot in the ninth.

Carmona (3-1) was sent to Triple-A Buffalo two days after beating Baltimore on April 29 because there was no room for the right-hander in the rotation. But an abdominal injury to Westbrook led to his recall, and Carmona responded with another fine effort.

Starting for the fifth time this season, Carmona allowed seven hits, struck out two and walked one. Only one of Baltimore's hits was for extra bases, a triple by Brian Roberts after third baseman Casey Blake received an error for dropping his two-out foul pop.

"Another great effort by Carmona. He didn't miss a beat," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said.

In two games against the Orioles, Carmona has allowed one earned run in 15 1/3 innings.

"He had great stuff in Cleveland," Baltimore's Aubrey Huff said. "You think, 'OK, he just had great stuff that day.' Today, he came out and did the same exact thing. I don't care what team you are. If he's throwing balls like that -- keeping it down with that much sink (and) throwing 94 -- I don't know many teams that can handle that."

Speaking through a translator, Carmona said, "It was the same. I was just trying to get the ball down, stay ahead of the hitters. If I keep doing that, I'll be OK."

Grady Sizemore doubled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh, and Trot Nixon capped the burst with a two-run single. Nixon's three-hit game followed a 5-for-5 performance Sunday.

"This game is crazy. You've seen guys not get a hit in 15 at-bats but blister the ball all over the place," Nixon said. "You just can't explain some things. It's not I'm doing this or doing that. You just go through these spurts."

With eight hits in two games, Nixon lifted his batting average 67 points to .338.

"Trot's been really swinging the bat," Wedge said.

Orioles starter Steve Trachsel gave up one run and six hits in six innings. After his departure, the Indians scored nine runs in three innings against a Baltimore bullpen that during the offseason received a $42 million makeover.

"They're going to get hit once in a while," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. "I don't think they've had their best stuff. They're better than that."

David Dellucci got it started with a pinch-single off Chad Bradford (0-1) in the seventh. After Josh Barfield singled, Sizemore greeted John Parrish with an RBI double. Blake received an intentional walk to load the bases, Hafner struck out and Parrish forced in a run with a walk to Victor Martinez. Nixon lined a single to center.

Hafner was in a 6-for-40 (.150) slump before connecting in the eighth.

"I think that's big for him," Wedge said. "Hopefully it helps him relax a little bit."

Early in the game, pitching dominated.

Cleveland got a run in the third on Sizemore's RBI single.

Baltimore tied it with an unearned run in fourth. After Huff reached on a two-out throwing error by Barfield from second base, Melvin Mora got an infield hit and Huff scored on a single by Jay Payton. A walk loaded the bases for Corey Patterson, who hit into a fielder's choice.

Cleveland missed a chance to take the lead in the sixth. Hafner drew a leadoff walk and went to third on a single by Nixon, who moved to second on a wild pitch. Ryan Garko followed with a fly ball to right, and Nick Markakis made a fine throw to get Hafner at the plate.

Notes

  • The Indians have won 12 of 15.
  • The Orioles purchased the contract of right-hander Jon Leicester from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned left-hander Kurt Birkins to the same club.
  • Baltimore has yielded four grand slams this season. The Orioles led the league in that department last year.
 
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Travis Hafner makes the most of his second shot with the bases loaded, hitting his ninth career slam.  (AP)
Travis Hafner makes the most of his second shot with the bases loaded, hitting his ninth career slam. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

F. Carmona
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 1
K 2
Cleveland

T. Hafner
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF5122002 .255
Casey Blake, 3B4200112 .210
Travis Hafner, DH4114114 .298
Victor Martinez, C4011101 .333
Trot Nixon, RF5032001 .338
    Franklin Gutierrez, RF0000000 .000
Ryan Garko, 1B5010015 .275
Jhonny Peralta, SS5221002 .262
Jason Michaels, LF2010010 .241
   a- David Dellucci, PH-LF3110011 .247
Josh Barfield, 2B4320101 .202
Totals4110141045  
a-singled for Michaels in the 7th
Batting
2B - Grady Sizemore (6, Parrish)
HR - Travis Hafner (7, Walker), Jhonny Peralta (7, T. Williams)
RBI - Grady Sizemore 2 (15), Travis Hafner 4 (23), Victor Martinez (24), Trot Nixon 2 (15), Jhonny Peralta (23)
2-OUT RBI - Travis Hafner 4 (7), Victor Martinez (9), Trot Nixon 2 (5)
SB - Grady Sizemore (10, 2nd base off Trachsel/Bako), Josh Barfield (3, 2nd base off Trachsel/Bako)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Blake-Barfield-Garko
E - Josh Barfield (5, Throwing), Casey Blake (3, Dropped fly)
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona (W,3-1) 7710120 2.97
Thomas Mastny 1000010 3.14
Roberto Hernandez 1000000 4.38
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 105-71, Thomas Mastny 11-9, Roberto Hernandez 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 14-5, Thomas Mastny 1-1
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 29, Thomas Mastny 3, Roberto Hernandez 3
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4020010 .279
Nick Markakis, RF4000003 .242
Miguel Tejada, SS4000001 .333
Aubrey Huff, 1B4110012 .246
Melvin Mora, 3B4010001 .252
Jay Payton, LF3021000 .304
   a- Freddie Bynum, PH1000000 .200
Kevin Millar, DH3000111 .235
Corey Patterson, CF4000003 .235
Paul Bako, C3010000 .229
Totals3417113  
a-popped out for Payton in the 9th
Batting
3B - Brian Roberts (2, Carmona)
RBI - Jay Payton (6)
2-OUT RBI - Jay Payton (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1
DP - Markakis-Bako
PB - Paul Bako (4)
Baltimore Orioles
Steve Trachsel 6611120 3.70
Chad Bradford (L,0-1) 0.1222000 2.13
John Parrish 0.2222220 5.02
Jamie Walker 1344111 4.73
Todd Williams 1111001 5.40
IBB - Blake by John Parrish
WP - Steve Trachsel (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Steve Trachsel 88-53, Chad Bradford 8-5, John Parrish 23-10, Jamie Walker 32-16, Todd Williams 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Steve Trachsel 4-11, Chad Bradford 1-0, Jamie Walker 1-2, Todd Williams 3-0
Batters Faced - Steve Trachsel 24, Chad Bradford 3, John Parrish 6, Jamie Walker 8, Todd Williams 4
Game Information
Attendance - 17944
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - James Hoye