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Gausman, Orioles avoid sweep, beat Indians 4-1

By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
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CLEVELAND (AP) For much of the weekend, Baltimore didn't look like a division leader or contender.

They were ordinary Orioles.

One inning salvaged them.

Rookie Kevin Gausman pitched six strong innings and the Orioles, getting clutch two-out hits from J. J. Hardy and Chris Davis in the sixth, avoided being swept for the first time since May by beating the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Sunday.

Gausman (7-4) allowed just one run and two hits as the AL East-leading Orioles got back in the win column after scoring just one run in their previous two games.

''It's been a rough couple of days, but those things are going to happen,'' said Steve Pearce, who had a leadoff double in the sixth and then homered in the seventh. ''It was only a matter of time. We put together some good at-bats and grinded it out.''

Hardy delivered a two-out RBI single and the slumping Davis added an RBI double to rally the Orioles, who were blanked over the first five by Danny Salazar (4-7).

Orioles reliever Darren O'Day pitched a perfect seventh, Andrew Miller struck out the side in the eighth and Zach Britton finished the two-hitter for his 26th save.

Jonathan Schoop also homered for Baltimore, which is an MLB-best 28-13 since June 30. However, the Orioles were listless for 25 innings, scoring once Friday, not at all Saturday and they trailed 1-0 before taking their first lead of the series in the sixth - thanks to Hardy and Davis.

Salazar, recalled before the game from Triple-A Columbus, held Baltimore without a run on four hits through five before running into trouble in the sixth. He gave up Pearce's double and hit Adam Jones before he was replaced by Scott Atchison, who got two quick outs.

Hardy, though, came through with his single and Davis, who was dropped again in the order by manager Buck Showalter, looped a soft double into left to make it 2-1.

Gausman then set down the Indians in order in the sixth before turning it over to Baltimore's bullpen.

The right-hander, who improved to 3-1 on the road, sensed the Orioles' urgency to leave town with a victory.

''I definitely knew we needed a win,'' Gausman said. ''We hadn't played very good baseball the last two days. When you get walked-off (Friday's 2-1 loss) and then you get beat the next day, it's huge when you get that last game.''

The Indians failed to take advantage of another strong start.

Pearce homered off C.C. Lee in the seventh and Schoop's leadoff drive in the ninth made it 4-1.

Although he took the loss, Salazar continued a torrid run of starting pitching for the Indians, who got a typically strong outing from Corey Kluber in the opener before Carlos Carrasco blanked the Orioles on three hits over seven innings.

Over the past seven games, Cleveland's starters have posted a 1.02 ERA - five earned runs in 44 innings.

As much as he wanted the sweep, Indians manager Terry Francona was satisfied with taking two of three from the free-swinging Orioles.

''You hope they get out of town and beat up on somebody else because they were pretty quiet for two games and a half of another,'' he said. ''But there's a lot of thunder in that lineup.''

LINEUP SHUFFLE

Davis began the series batting second, dropped to fifth Saturday and hit seventh in the finale. He snapped an 0-for-11 skid with a double in the third. It was his first game with two doubles since May 10, 2013.

WINDY CITY

The Orioles will spend the next week in Chicago. After playing three against the White Sox, they'll have an off day before opening a weekend series at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: 3B Manny Machado (sprained right knee) continues his rehab program, but he's not doing any baseball activities. There's no timetable for his return.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Bud Norris (10-7) will start the series opener against the White Sox and Chris Sale (10-2) as the Orioles continue their nine-game road trip.

Indians: After an off day, the Indians will open a three-game set in Minnesota with Trevor Bauer (4-7) facing Twins RHP Kyle Gibson (11-9).

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

S. Pearce
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Baltimore

K. Gausman
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 4
K 2
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Nick Markakis, RF4010101.294.359.406
Steve Pearce, 1B-LF5221013.284.352.502
   David Lough, LF0000000.214.286.321
Adam Jones, CF4120000.284.313.476
Nelson Cruz, DH5000025.260.328.511
Delmon Young, LF4010032.299.330.435
   Ryan Flaherty, 3B1000002.196.259.306
J.J. Hardy, SS4021001.285.318.390
Chris Davis, 3B-1B4021011.195.298.400
Nick Hundley, C4000023.233.266.325
Jonathan Schoop, 2B4121000.219.256.360
Kevin Gausman, P0000000.000.000.000
   Darren O'Day, P0000000.000.000.000
   Andrew Miller, P0000000.000.000.000
   Zach Britton, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals39412419    
Batting
2B - Nick Markakis (25, Crockett), Steve Pearce (17, Salazar), Chris Davis 2 (13, Salazar), Jonathan Schoop (12, Salazar)
HR - Steve Pearce (12, Lee), Jonathan Schoop (12, Crockett)
RBI - Steve Pearce (32), J.J. Hardy (42), Chris Davis (58), Jonathan Schoop (33)
2-OUT RBI - Steve Pearce (12), J.J. Hardy (15), Chris Davis (16)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Gausman-Hardy-Pearce, Gausman-Hardy-Pearce-Schoop-Hardy-Davis
E - Adam Jones (5, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kevin Gausman (W,7-4) 6211420 3.70
Darren O'Day (H,20) 1000010 0.96
Andrew Miller (H,18) 1000030 2.17
Zach Britton (S,26) 1000100 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Gausman 91-51, Darren O'Day 10-7, Andrew Miller 17-11, Zach Britton 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Gausman 8-7, Zach Britton 2-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Gausman 23, Darren O'Day 3, Andrew Miller 3, Zach Britton 3
Cleveland Indians
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Michael Bourn, CF2000210.263.318.374
Jose Ramirez, SS2000001.205.255.250
   a-Ryan Raburn, PH-RF1000010.191.240.277
Michael Brantley, LF3000100.319.378.513
Carlos Santana, 1B3110102.231.370.435
Jason Kipnis, 2B4011003.247.322.350
Yan Gomes, C3000001.280.321.468
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B3000011.289.356.453
Zach Walters, DH3000020.197.269.459
Chris Dickerson, RF1000100.234.322.364
   b-Mike Aviles, PH-SS1000010.243.272.328
Danny Salazar, P0000000.000.000.000
   Scott Atchison, P0000000.000.000.000
   Nick Hagadone, P0000000.000.000.000
   Chen-Chang Lee, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kyle Crockett, P0000000.000.000.000
   Josh Tomlin, P0000000.000.000.000
   Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2612156    
a-struck out for Ramirez in the 8th
b-struck out for Dickerson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Carlos Santana (19, Gausman)
SH - Jose Ramirez (8)
RBI - Jason Kipnis (37)
SB - Michael Bourn (8, 3rd base off Gausman/Hundley), Michael Brantley (14, 2nd base off Gausman/Hundley)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Kipnis-Ramirez
E - Lonnie Chisenhall (16, Misplayed grounder)
Cleveland Indians
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Danny Salazar (L,4-6) 5422140 4.79
Scott Atchison (BS,4) 1200010 2.95
Nick Hagadone 0.2000000 1.62
Chen-Chang Lee 0.2311011 3.93
Kyle Crockett 0.2211021 1.54
Josh Tomlin 0.2100010 4.39
Marc Rzepczynski 0.1000000 3.12
HBP - Jones (by Danny Salazar)
Pitches-Strikes - Danny Salazar 91-57, Scott Atchison 24-16, Nick Hagadone 7-6, Chen-Chang Lee 12-8, Kyle Crockett 15-11, Josh Tomlin 10-8, Marc Rzepczynski 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Danny Salazar 3-8, Scott Atchison 1-1, Nick Hagadone 1-1, Chen-Chang Lee 1-0, Marc Rzepczynski 1-0
Batters Faced - Danny Salazar 21, Scott Atchison 5, Nick Hagadone 2, Chen-Chang Lee 5, Kyle Crockett 4, Josh Tomlin 3, Marc Rzepczynski 1
Game Information
Attendance - 22564
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Ron Kulpa