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Jimenez's strong start helps Indians hold off Orioles

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CLEVELAND -- Nothing comes easy for the Cleveland Indians these days.

The Indians cruised into the ninth inning with what seemed a comfortable lead Tuesday night, but had to hang on for a 4-3 victory against the Baltimore Orioles.

Ubaldo Jimenez pitched six shutout innings while Yan Gomes and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs apiece, before Chris Perez finally slammed the door in the ninth after allowing the Orioles to get back in the game.

Perez, pitching in a non-save situation, got into immediate trouble. Singles by Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy started the inning before Nate McLouth's three-run homer on a 3-2 pitch cut the lead to one.

The crowd of 9,962 -- and just about everyone else in Progressive Field -- got a little nervous, including Jimenez.

"I was a little worried," Jimenez said with a laugh. "It was getting kind of close, but Chris got back to his old ways after they scored those three runs."

Perez struck out Brian Roberts and Manny Machado before facing Chris Davis, who leads the majors with 47 home runs. Davis hit a ground ball to second baseman Jason Kipnis, who was playing in shallow right field, for the final out of the game.

Perez pleaded no contest and was convicted of misdemeanor drug abuse Tuesday for marijuana shipped to his home in the family dog's name, an incident that took place in June. Despite the fact Perez appeared in court earlier in the day, Indians manager Terry Francona didn't hesitate to use his closer.

"I actually thought he threw the ball pretty well," Francona said. "He got the ball up to McLouth, but for the most part I thought he threw the ball pretty good."

Jimenez (10-9) has allowed three earned runs or less in eight consecutive starts. The right-hander held Baltimore to four hits and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.

"He goes out there and gives us six shutout innings against that lineup," Francona said. "That's exciting."

Gomes' two-run double was the key hit in Cleveland's sixth. Cabrera had sacrifices flies in the fourth and sixth.

Orioles starter Chris Tillman (15-5) allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander has one victory in his past six starts.

Both teams are battling for the second wild card spot in the American League. Baltimore entered Tuesday's play two games behind while Cleveland was 3½ games off the pace.

The Indians, who had lost six of seven, needed some good news. Justin Masterson, the team's No. 1 starter, will miss at least one start because of a strained left oblique. The right-hander could be out the rest of the season.

"We did a lot of good things tonight," Francona said. "We played a nice crisp game. That's how we have to play."

The Indians are 14th in the AL in attendance despite the fact they're contending for a playoff spot. Monday's game drew a crowd of 15,020.

"Of course we notice," Jimenez said of the team's attendance. "It's definitely not the same when we have a big crowd, but what can we do? We have to go out there and compete."

The Orioles loaded the bases in the sixth on a single and two walks, but Jimenez retired Michael Morse on a tapper to the mound to end the inning.

Jimenez went 1-4 in August despite a 3.10 ERA while receiving a total of seven runs of support. He had dropped four of his last five starts. Jimenez, who struck out four, has recorded 32 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings during his past four games.

"Jimenez was as good as anyone in baseball three or four years ago, and it looks like he's got his velocity back," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He was really crisp with his changeup and his fastball was working for him all night."

Cabrera's sacrifice fly gave Cleveland the lead in the fourth after Kipnis and Carlos Santana walked to start the inning.

Santana led off the sixth by drawing another walk and took third on Michael Brantley's double into the left field corner. Cabrera's second sacrifice fly scored Santana and Gomes' double later scored Brantley and pinch-runner Matt Carson.

The Orioles, who are 3-5 on a nine-game trip that ends Wednesday, are 8-12 since Aug. 12.

Notes

  • LHP Zach Britton, called up from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, will start for the Orioles in Wednesday's series finale. The other five starters will be moved back one day.
  • A college reunion took place before the game when Indians OF Drew Stubbs caught the ceremonial first pitch from Browns RB Chris Ogbonnaya. The two were roommates at the University of Texas.
  • Indians OF Ryan Raburn (left Achilles soreness) was activated from the 15-day DL.
  • The Indians recalled RHPs Carlos Carrasco, Chen-Chang Lee, Vinnie Pestano and Josh Tomlin from Triple-A Columbus. Tomlin underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in August 2012.
  • The Orioles recalled 2B Jonathan Schoop, OF Henry Urrutia and RHP Josh Stinson from Norfolk, and 2B Ryan Flaherty from Class A Frederick.
 
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Yan Gomes (left), who drives in two runs, and Chris Perez, who barely gets through the ninth inning, celebrate a victory.  (USATSI)
Yan Gomes (left), who drives in two runs, and Chris Perez, who barely gets through the ninth inning, celebrate a victory. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

N. McLouth
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cleveland

U. Jimenez
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 4
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Roberts, 2B5000022 .247
Manny Machado, 3B5010012 .296
Chris Davis, 1B3000211 .296
Adam Jones, CF4010011 .293
Matt Wieters, C3000122 .232
Michael Morse, DH3010003 .231
   a-Wilson Betemit, PH-DH1000001 .000
Nick Markakis, RF4110012 .272
J.J. Hardy, SS3120102 .259
Nate McLouth, LF4123001 .269
Totals3538348  
a-flied out for Morse in the 8th
Batting
HR - Nate McLouth (11, Perez)
RBI - Nate McLouth 3 (33)
CS - Manny Machado (7, 2nd base by Jimenez/Gomes)
Team LOB - 9
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Tillman (L,15-5) 5.1544530 3.71
T.J. McFarland 2000010 4.59
Josh Stinson 0.2000000 5.19
IBB - Kubel by Chris Tillman
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 102-62, T.J. McFarland 22-16, Josh Stinson 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 7-6, T.J. McFarland 3-2, Josh Stinson 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 26, T.J. McFarland 6, Josh Stinson 2
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4010011 .262
Nick Swisher, 1B4000011 .239
Jason Kipnis, 2B3110111 .281
Carlos Santana, DH2100201 .262
Michael Brantley, LF3110000 .278
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS2002000 .238
Jason Kubel, RF1010200 .224
   Matt Carson, PR-RF0100000 .000
   a-Jose Ramirez, PH1000000 .000
Yan Gomes, C3012013 .288
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B2000000 .222
   b-Mike Aviles, PH-3B1000001 .261
Totals2645454  
a-grounded out for Carson in the 8th
b-grounded out for Chisenhall in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jason Kipnis (32, Tillman), Michael Brantley (24, Tillman), Jason Kubel (9, Tillman), Yan Gomes (13, Tillman)
SF - Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (5)
SH - Michael Brantley (3)
RBI - Asdrubal Cabrera 2 (49), Yan Gomes 2 (31)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Lonnie Chisenhall (9, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez (W,10-9) 6400240 3.79
Cody Allen 1100100 2.40
Joe Smith 1000120 2.52
Chris Perez 1333021 3.66
WP - Joe Smith (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 90-56, Cody Allen 18-11, Joe Smith 18-10, Chris Perez 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 5-9, Chris Perez 1-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 24, Cody Allen 5, Joe Smith 4, Chris Perez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 9962
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez