Baltimore at Cleveland

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Orioles 3, Indians 1

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CLEVELAND -- Jim Thome is still leaving his mark at Progressive Field.

A day after moving into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time home run list, Thome struck again. His two-run homer in the seventh inning led the Baltimore Orioles to their fourth straight victory, 3-1 over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.

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Thome, who passed Sammy Sosa on the career list on Friday, hit his 611th -- and second with Baltimore since being acquired from Philadelphia on July 1. He homered off Zach McAllister (4-2) to wipe out a 1-0 deficit.

Chris Tillman (2-1) allowed only Shin Soo-Choo leadoff homer in the first over 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander, making his third start of the season since being called up earlier this month, gave up six hits, struck out four and walked one.

Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his league-leading 29th save.

Thome hit a 1-0 pitch to right field after J.J. Hardy started the seventh with a single. Ryan Flaherty added a solo shot in the eighth for his second homer in as many games.

Thome has 190 career homers at Progressive Field. The left-handed slugger holds Cleveland's career record with 337 homers. A key part of the Indians' powerful lineup from 1991-2002, Thome returned for the final two months of the 2011 season.

Thome admitted playing in Cleveland holds extra meaning.

"There's a lot memories," he said. "I've had great memories on that side and then coming in here as an opponent against them. Any time you come home, they say, it's very special. It's even more special to get the W's. That's, I think, the main thing. The bottom line is I played here a long time."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has learned quickly the positive effect Thome can have on a team.

"He actually does a lot of things other than swing a bat and hit a ball where they can't catch it," Showalter said. "He just impacts a team so many ways. He walks through the door every day with a smile on his face. He's a lot of fun to have around, but he also is a competitive guy. He's locked in on every pitch. You see guys always talking to him because he's so engaging and everybody's so comfortable talking to him."

"When you hit over 600 homers, you've gotten a lot of people," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "You have to give credit to Jim. Zach went after him with a fastball like he had the whole game and Jimmy just got him."

McAllister didn't think his fastball on the inner half of the plate to Thome was a bad pitch.

"I stayed in there the whole game," McAllister said. "He missed one the at-bat before. I tried to go back in there and he didn't miss that one."

The Indians got some good news before the game when they learned pitcher Roberto Hernandez would be eligible to rejoin the team next month after serving a three-week suspension from Major League Baseball for age and identity fraud. General manager Chris Antonetti said Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, has received a visa to return to the United States and that he would be eligible to rejoin the team Aug. 11.

The Indians have lost three straight and six of eight. Cleveland has scored three or fewer runs six times in that stretch.

The Orioles have won four straight for the first time since a season high-tying five-game streak June 9-14. Baltimore had lost six of seven before winning the final two games of a series in Minnnesota and rolling to a 10-2 victory over the Indians on Friday.

Tillman's start had much better results than his last outing in Monday's 19-7 loss to Minnesota when he gave up seven runs, (one earned) in two-thirds of an inning.

Choo hit a 1-2 pitch to right field for his 11th homer of the season and fifth to lead off a game.

"In Minnesota things didn't go my way," Tillman said. "But I knew exactly what I had to do -- keep the ball down in the zone. I made a bad pitch [to Choo] and he put on a good swing."

McAllister did his best to make that lead hold up until the seventh.

Notes

  • The Orioles added INF Omar Quintanilla, acquired from the New York Mets for cash on Friday, to their 25-man roster and designated OF Steve Pearce for assignment.
  • RHP Matt Lindstrom, who was struck on the left knee by a line drive Friday, had X-rays Saturday that were negative.
  • The Indians signed LHP J.C. Romero to a minor league contract and added him to the Triple-A Columbus roster. Romero, who has pitched in the majors for 11 seasons, was released by St. Louis earlier this season.
  • LHP Rafael Perez (strained lat muscle) will pitch two innings on a rehab assignment at Double-A Akron on Monday.
  • Game 3 of the series takes place Sunday. Tommy Hunter faces Justin Masterson in a matchup of right-handers.
 
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Jim Thome hits a two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift the Orioles to their fourth straight victory.  (US Presswire)
Jim Thome hits a two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift the Orioles to their fourth straight victory. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

S. Choo
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Baltimore

J. Thome
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF4020000 .273
J.J. Hardy, SS3110111 .217
Jim Thome, DH4112013 .257
Adam Jones, CF4000020 .291
Matt Wieters, C4010020 .249
Wilson Betemit, 3B4000011 .251
Chris Davis, LF3000001 .261
    Endy Chavez, LF0000000 .176
Mark Reynolds, 1B3000020 .208
Ryan Flaherty, 2B3111000 .200
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B0000000 .257
Totals3236319  
Batting
2B - Matt Wieters (16, McAllister)
HR - Jim Thome (7, McAllister), Ryan Flaherty (4, McAllister)
RBI - Jim Thome 2 (20), Ryan Flaherty (11)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Flaherty (3)
Team LOB - 3
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Tillman (W,2-1) 6.2611141 1.15
Troy Patton (H,7) 0.1000000 3.19
Pedro Strop (H,16) 1000000 1.47
Jim Johnson (S,29) 1100000 2.38
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 116-79, Troy Patton 2-1, Pedro Strop 14-9, Jim Johnson 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 4-12, Troy Patton 1-0, Pedro Strop 3-0, Jim Johnson 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 27, Troy Patton 1, Pedro Strop 3, Jim Johnson 4
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4111013 .296
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4000022 .276
Jason Kipnis, 2B4000000 .271
Michael Brantley, CF4010000 .295
Carlos Santana, C3010101 .225
Travis Hafner, DH4000013 .228
Johnny Damon, LF4010001 .234
Casey Kotchman, 1B4010002 .231
Jack Hannahan, 3B3020000 .247
Totals3417114  
Batting
2B - Carlos Santana (14, Tillman)
HR - Shin-Soo Choo (11, Tillman)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (37)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - A. Cabrera-Hannahan-Kotchman
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach McAllister (L,4-2) 7.2533062 3.21
Tony Sipp 0.1100110 5.46
Vinnie Pestano 1000020 1.56
Pitches-Strikes - Zach McAllister 95-73, Tony Sipp 10-5, Vinnie Pestano 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach McAllister 6-10
Batters Faced - Zach McAllister 27, Tony Sipp 3, Vinnie Pestano 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36247
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Dan Bellino