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Brantley provides 4 RBI as Indians drop Orioles

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BALTIMORE -- Michael Brantley took care of the offense, and Cleveland's bullpen did the rest.

Brantley homered and had four RBI, and the Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Monday night for their ninth win in 12 games.

Brantley put the Indians ahead with a two-run single in the sixth inning, and Cleveland's relievers made the lead stand up by throwing 3 2/3 innings of one-hit ball.

"Our bullpen was phenomenal," manager Terry Francona said.

Just for good measure, Brantley made it 5-2 with a two-run shot in the eighth off Darren O'Day. His four RBI tied a career high, reached twice previously.

Nick Swisher had two hits and scored a run for the Indians, and former Oriole Mark Reynolds went 1 for 2 with two walks. The victory improved Cleveland's record against the AL East to 7-17 and provided an uplifting start to an 11-game road trip.

Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4) allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings before Rich Hill, Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith combined for 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief. Vinnie Pestano wrapped it up by working the ninth for his fourth save.

Hill came in with a 7.58 ERA, but retired all three batters he faced.

"When Rich Hill pitches like that, it complements our whole bullpen," Francona said. "He's thrown the ball pretty good the last few times out. Getting him on a roll will really help our bullpen."

Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters homered for the Orioles, who have lost four straight.

Zach Britton (1-2) allowed only two hits through five innings and took a 2-0 lead into the sixth before faltering. He left before getting an out and with Baltimore trailing 3-2.

"Just elevated some balls, lost his command," manager Buck Showalter said. "I thought he pitched well for five innings but different stuff showed up there in the sixth."

Jason Kipnis led off with a double and scored on a single by Swisher. Carlos Santana followed with a double to put runners at second and third, and after Reynolds received an intentional walk, Brantley grounded a single up the middle to chase Britton.

"Early in the game I was able to make pitches with guys on base, executing a little bit better," Britton said. "I think I was trying to do too much after that leadoff double and things kind of escalated right there."

Brantley understood why the Orioles walked Reynolds to get to him.

"Obviously, they were playing strategy," he said. "Left-hander on the mound and I'm a left-handed hitter. I just wanted to make sure I did what I could for my team, get that run in from third. I was lucky to get a single up the middle."

Brantley iced it in the eighth with his fifth homer after a leadoff single by Reynolds.

"The pitch was middle-inside, kind of down," Brantley said. "I was able to get a good swing on it. I just stayed through it the best I could. At the time, it was a big swing, and the pitching staff ... came in and closed the door."

After being swept in a three-game series in Toronto, the Orioles hoped a return to Camden Yards would reverse their slide. But their only offense came on two swings of the bat.

After Markakis put Baltimore up 1-0 in the first inning with his eighth home run, the Orioles left the bases loaded in the second and stranded two runners in the third.

Wieters led off the fourth with his 10th home run to end an 0-for-13 skid and make it 2-0.

Notes

  • The Orioles optioned RHP Freddy Garcia to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for rookie Kevin Gausman, who was added to the bullpen. Garcia can refuse the assignment and become a free agent. Gausman is a candidate to start Friday against the Yankees.
  • Cleveland recalled LHP T.J. House from Triple-A Columbus and optioned RHP Carlos Carrasco to the same minor league club.
  • Francona said SS Asdrubal Cabrera (right quad strain) has been taking grounders and running the bases, and could soon be activated from the DL.
  • Cleveland closer Chris Perez (rotator cuff) is expected to make another rehab appearance in the minors before the Indians consider activating him.
  • Baltimore's Ryan Flaherty had two hits and is 10 for 22 in his last six games.
  • Baltimore's Chris Tillman (8-2) and Cleveland's Justin Masterson (9-5), the winningest pitchers on their respective teams, square off Tuesday night.
  • Kipnis has reached base in 26 straight games.
  • Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will see a specialist Tuesday because of lingering pain in his forearm.
 
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Nick Swisher, stuck in a serious slump in the month of June, shows sign life at the plate with two hits and an RBI. (USATSI)
Nick Swisher, stuck in a serious slump in the month of June, shows sign life at the plate with two hits and an RBI. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Cleveland

M. Brantley
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Baltimore

N. Markakis
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5000035 .303
Mike Aviles, SS5000023 .253
Jason Kipnis, 2B4110011 .282
Nick Swisher, 1B4121100 .236
Carlos Santana, C5110013 .276
Mark Reynolds, 3B2010200 .233
Michael Brantley, LF4124011 .278
Ryan Raburn, DH3000022 .258
    Jason Giambi, PH-DH1000000 .185
Drew Stubbs, RF3020102 .245
Totals36595410  
a-grounded out for Raburn in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jason Kipnis (19, Britton), Carlos Santana (19, Britton)
HR - Michael Brantley (5, O'Day)
RBI - Nick Swisher (25), Michael Brantley 4 (37)
SB - Drew Stubbs (8, 2nd base off Britton/Wieters)
Team LOB - 9
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,6-4) 5.1822262 4.58
Rich Hill (H,6) 1000010 7.20
Bryan Shaw (H,5) 0.2000010 3.31
Joe Smith (H,6) 1000000 1.65
Vinnie Pestano (S,4) 1100110 4.30
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 99-65, Rich Hill 19-11, Bryan Shaw 6-4, Joe Smith 10-6, Vinnie Pestano 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 2-7, Rich Hill 1-1, Bryan Shaw 1-0, Joe Smith 3-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 25, Rich Hill 3, Bryan Shaw 2, Joe Smith 3, Vinnie Pestano 5
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF5010024 .287
Manny Machado, 3B5000013 .317
Nick Markakis, RF4121000 .292
Adam Jones, CF4020000 .300
Chris Davis, 1B4000023 .331
J.J. Hardy, SS4010012 .267
Matt Wieters, C3111111 .230
Travis Ishikawa, DH1000110 .154
    Danny Valencia, PH-DH1000011 .269
    Chris Dickerson, PH-DH1000000 .262
Ryan Flaherty, 2B3020101 .200
Totals3529239  
a-struck out for Ishikawa in the 6th
b-flied out for Valencia in the 9th
Batting
HR - Nick Markakis (8, Jimenez), Matt Wieters (10, Jimenez)
RBI - Nick Markakis (40), Matt Wieters (38)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis (13)
CS - Adam Jones (1, 2nd base by Jimenez/Santana)
Team LOB - 9
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach Britton (L,1-2) 5633350 5.51
Tommy Hunter 2000110 2.13
Darren O'Day 0222001 2.38
Brian Matusz 1100020 4.06
Jim Johnson 1000020 3.72
IBB - Reynolds by Zach Britton
HBP - Kipnis (by Zach Britton)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Britton 96-56, Tommy Hunter 24-13, Darren O'Day 14-9, Brian Matusz 19-14, Jim Johnson 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Britton 5-5, Tommy Hunter 1-4, Brian Matusz 1-0
Batters Faced - Zach Britton 25, Tommy Hunter 7, Darren O'Day 2, Brian Matusz 4, Jim Johnson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18544
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Will Little