Baltimore at Cleveland

W: E. Mujica (1-1) L: R. Cherry (0-1)
HR: BAL - A. Huff (24)   CLE - A. Cabrera (4), B. Francisco (12), A. Gonzalez (1)

Indians 13, Orioles 8 wire reports

CLEVELAND -- Edward Mujica yielded four runs on his first four pitches and still got his first career win.

It was that kind of night for the Cleveland Indians, who took a 5-0 lead, fell behind 8-7 and rallied to defeat the Baltimore Orioles 13-8 Monday night for their fourth straight victory.

"It was a weird evening out there," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "You felt it early, there were some strange plays and it turned into back-and-forth."

Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera homered, then doubled in the go-ahead run in a three-run seventh inning and Ben Francisco and Andy Gonzalez homered in the eighth.

"We didn't pitch well enough from the beginning, plain and simple," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "We threw too many pitches. We had too many walks and too many hit batters."

Cabrera and four teammates each drove in two runs as the Indians opened a 10-game homestand. The matchup of last-place teams marked the first time Cleveland and Baltimore had met since May 7, 2007 -- the Indians played 12 interleague games against Cincinnati over that span.

"It was a good team win," said Indians first baseman Ryan Garko, who had two hits and two RBI. "We got up early, came back late. We all just battled and got it done."

Nick Markakis had three hits and drove in four runs for Baltimore, which took an 8-7 lead in a five-run seventh.

Pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll's bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Rocky Cherry (0-1) in the bottom half tied it. Jamie Walker replaced Cherry and Cabrera got an RBI double when his sharp grounder went off the glove of third baseman Melvin Mora and into left field. Grady Sizemore's RBI groundout made it 10-8.

With runners on first and third, the Orioles caught Shin-Soo Choo trying to score from third on an infield grounder. Choo somehow made it back to third, loading the bases for Carroll. In Cleveland's four-run first, Baltimore shortstop Alex Cintron failed to touch second on a potential double-play grounder by Choo, then didn't get the batter at first, either.

"Obviously, there were probably lapses in concentration," Trembley said. "I think the guys have shown a tremendous ability to stay focused, but tonight there were some things that should have been handled a little better than they were."

Mujica (1-1) got two outs for the win. He came on with one out, the bases loaded and a 7-4 lead, but yielded a bases-loaded triple to Markakis and sacrifice fly to Melvin Mora to make it 8-7.

Cleveland took a 5-0 lead off Dennis Sarfate, a converted reliever making his fourth career start.

"I set the tone of the game," Sarfate said. "I gave up four runs in the first inning. That's unacceptable. I pretty much stunk tonight."

Sizemore walked and scored on a triple by David Dellucci. Francisco and Sal Fasano had RBI singles and Garko a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.

Cabrera hit his fourth homer to start the second.

Brian Roberts drove in one run with a groundout and Markakis had an RBI double off Indians starter Fausto Carmona to make it 5-2 in the third.

Aubrey Huff extended his hitting streak to 19 games by hitting his 24th homer in the Orioles fourth. Roberts' RBI single in the seventh made it 7-4 and put his hitting streak at 13 games.

Carmona yielded seven runs over 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander, a 19-game winner a year ago, spent more than two months on the disabled list with a strained left hip. He is 1-2 with a 10.42 ERA in four starts since being activated July 26.

Francisco hit a solo homer and Gonzalez a two-run shot in the Indians eighth.


RHP Brendan Donnelly worked a scoreless eighth in his Indians debut. He signed as a free agent in the offseason after having Tommy John surgery last Aug. 14. ... Indians C Victor Martinez (elbow) and 2B Josh Barfield (finger) took batting practice and did some throwing. Both had surgery in mid-June and could begin minor league rehab assignments this weekend. ... Orioles SS Juan Castro (left groin strain) was scratched before batting practice. Trembley decided to give Castro another day off after he did some agility work. Castro left Saturday's game with the injury. ... Gonzalez's homer was his first since July 25, 2007, for the Chicago White Sox.
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B. Francisco
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R 3
H 2
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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5112001 .294
Nick Markakis, RF5134000 .301
Melvin Mora, 3B4001022 .262
Aubrey Huff, DH5111011 .302
Kevin Millar, 1B4000030 .244
Luke Scott, LF4010000 .262
Ramon Hernandez, C2210201 .254
Jay Payton, CF2110201 .251
Alex Cintron, SS3210103 .276
2B - Nick Markakis 2 (34, Carmona, Lewis)
3B - Nick Markakis (1, Mujica)
HR - Aubrey Huff (24, Carmona)
SF - Melvin Mora (4)
RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (41), Nick Markakis 4 (71), Melvin Mora (79), Aubrey Huff (76)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis (20)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Mora-B. Roberts-Millar
PB - Ramon Hernandez (8)
E - Alex Cintron (6, Missed catch of throw)
Baltimore Orioles
Dennis Sarfate 4576541 5.16
Alberto Castillo 2100030 1.23
Rocky Cherry (L,0-1) 0.1233000 20.25
Jamie Walker 1433002 5.13
Randor Bierd 0.2100100 3.32
HBP - Choo (by Alberto Castillo), Fasano (by Alberto Castillo)
WP - Dennis Sarfate (3), Randor Bierd (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Dennis Sarfate 92-49, Alberto Castillo 36-20, Rocky Cherry 8-7, Jamie Walker 29-17, Randor Bierd 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dennis Sarfate 5-3, Rocky Cherry 1-1, Jamie Walker 2-1, Randor Bierd 1-1
Batters Faced - Dennis Sarfate 22, Alberto Castillo 9, Rocky Cherry 4, Jamie Walker 7, Randor Bierd 4
Cleveland Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF4101216 .267
David Dellucci, LF5111023 .252
    Franklin Gutierrez, RF0000000 .218
Ben Francisco, RF-LF4322121 .277
Jhonny Peralta, SS4320101 .278
Shin-Soo Choo, DH4110011 .264
Ryan Garko, 1B3022000 .248
    Andy Gonzalez, PR-1B1212000 .250
Sal Fasano, C2012000 .323
   a- Kelly Shoppach, PH-C2110000 .272
Andy Marte, 3B3000014 .182
   b- Jamey Carroll, PH-3B0001100 .266
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B4122104 .211
a-hit into fielder's choice for Fasano in the 7th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Marte in the 7th
2B - Jhonny Peralta (34, Walker), Shin-Soo Choo (18, Cherry), Asdrubal Cabrera (11, Walker)
3B - David Dellucci (1, Sarfate)
HR - Ben Francisco (12, Walker), Andy Gonzalez (1, Walker), Asdrubal Cabrera (4, Sarfate)
SF - Ryan Garko (4), Jamey Carroll (2)
RBI - Grady Sizemore (67), David Dellucci (42), Ben Francisco 2 (44), Ryan Garko 2 (55), Andy Gonzalez 2 (2), Sal Fasano 2 (6), Jamey Carroll (24), Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (20)
Team LOB - 9
DP - A. Cabrera-Peralta-Garko
Cleveland Indians
Fausto Carmona 6.1677441 4.91
Edward Mujica (BS,2; W,1-1) 0.2111010 6.56
Brendan Donnelly (H,1) 1100110 0.00
Jensen Lewis 1100000 4.08
Pitches-Strikes - Fausto Carmona 96-65, Edward Mujica 8-6, Brendan Donnelly 20-10, Jensen Lewis 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Fausto Carmona 9-5, Jensen Lewis 1-2
Batters Faced - Fausto Carmona 28, Edward Mujica 3, Brendan Donnelly 5, Jensen Lewis 4
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Attendance - 23408
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Marvin Hudson