Ramirez hits 2 HRs to lift Kluber, Indians past Orioles 7-3

BALTIMORE (AP) The Cleveland Indians figured it would only be a matter of time before their struggling offense provided some support to a solid starting rotation.

Jose Ramirez and the rest of the batting order finally got into a groove Sunday, and the result was a 14-hit attack that carried Corey Kluber and the Indians past the Baltimore Orioles 7-3.

Cleveland came into the game with a .211 team batting average and ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs scored. On this day, however, Ramirez hit a solo shot in the fourth inning and a two-run drive in the ninth, and Yan Gomes had three hits to lift his batting average 41 points to .261.

''When things are not going my way, I stay positive and work it,'' Ramirez said through a translator. ''I know eventually I'm going to break out.''

Ramirez has three homers in two games and a team-leading seven for the season.

''I try not to do too much,'' Ramirez said. ''I just look for a good pitch and then I hit it somewhere.''

Kluber yielded two home runs to Manny Machado, but the Indians twice came from behind before tacking on three runs in the ninth.

''I thought we did a pretty good job,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''When they came back, we came back at them. We kept pushing and took some better swings.''

Kluber (3-1) allowed three runs and six hits over seven-plus innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner walked none and struck out four to move past Charles Nagy into sixth place on the Indians' career strikeout list with 1,238.

''It doesn't matter if you feel you pitched well or didn't pitch well. The goal is to end the game with more runs they do,'' Kluber said. ''That's what we did.''

Machado's third multihomer game of the season wasn't enough to prevent the Orioles from losing for the ninth time in 10 games, a skid that has dropped them 10 games under .500 (6-16).

''You know what? There's no excuse for what's happening,'' Machado said. ''We need to play better overall. Nobody is in here pointing fingers. We are in here together, and we are going to ride or die together.''

Andrew Cashner (1-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out seven. He's 0-3 with 7.41 ERA in three lifetime appearances against the Indians.

After Machado connected in the first inning, Cleveland went up 2-1 in the fourth when Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso hit successive doubles following a leadoff homer by Ramirez.

Baltimore regained the lead in the bottom half. After Machado homered, Adam Jones doubled and scored on a single by Chris Davis.

A pair of walks and run-scoring singles by Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley put the Indians up 4-3 in the fifth.

''Once you get the lead, you can't give it up,'' Cashner lamented.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: CF Bradley Zimmer was a late scratch with a mild right ankle sprain. He was replaced by Rajai Davis.

Orioles: LF Trey Mancini missed a second straight game with a swollen right knee. ... DH Mark Trumbo (strained right quad) will begin a three-game stint with Double-A Bowie on Monday, then play three games with Triple-A Norfolk later in the week, manager Buck Showalter said. He won't be rushed to return. ''It's important we get it right the first time,'' Showalter said.

WELL RESTED

Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin threw a side session Saturday and is expected to start Tuesday against the Cubs. Francona opted to skip Tomlin's last scheduled start Wednesday to reset the rotation after Cleveland had two straight games postponed last weekend.

UP NEXT

Indians: Carlos Carrasco (3-0, 3.48 ERA) starts the series finale Monday night. The right-hander is 9-0 with a 1.75 ERA over his past 11 starts since Aug. 27.

Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 5.57) makes his fifth start of the season after allowing 27 hits - including six homers - over 21 innings.

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BAL6-16
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  • W: C. Kluber (3-1)L: A. Cashner (1-3)
  • HR: CLE - J. Ramirez 2 (7), BAL - M. Machado 2 (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS51210003.220.281.354.6354.0
J. Kipnis 2B51100025.182.259.234.4931.0
J. Ramirez 3B42232120.236.353.528.88113.0
M. Brantley LF50210000.348.375.500.8754.0
E. Encarnacion DH51100023.143.241.329.5692.0
Y. Alonso 1B51210013.221.293.426.7204.5
Y. Gomes C50310001.261.320.500.8205.0
T. Naquin RF50100014.268.302.341.6440.5
R. Davis CF21000102.194.265.258.5232.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Gentry LF40000021.189.250.189.439-1.0
    P. Alvarez DH30000000.214.340.405.7450.0
    a- D. Valencia PH-DH10000001.138.286.379.6650.0
    M. Machado SS42322000.356.434.7131.14713.0
    A. Jones CF41100011.239.250.402.6522.5
    C. Davis 1B40110010.164.274.274.5481.5
    T. Beckham 3B30000011.175.247.263.510-0.5
    A. Santander RF30000010.161.203.268.471-0.5
    C. Joseph C30100000.100.122.150.2721.0
    L. Sardinas 2B30000011.118.211.294.505-0.5
    • a-hit into fielder's choice for Alvarez in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Brantley (4), E. Encarnacion, Y. Alonso (2), Y. Gomes (2)
    • HR - J. Ramirez 2 (7)
    • SH - R. Davis
    • RBI - F. Lindor (8), J. Ramirez 3 (12), M. Brantley (8), Y. Alonso (11), Y. Gomes (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gomes (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Jones (6)
    • HR - M. Machado 2 (8)
    • RBI - M. Machado 2 (17), C. Davis (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Machado (7)
    FIELDING
    • E - L. Sardinas (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kluber (W, 3-1)7.06330421.960.7624.0
    A. Miller (H, 3)1.00000200.000.964.0
    C. Allen1.00000100.000.783.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kluber (W, 3-1)7.0
    A. Miller (H, 3)1.0
    C. Allen1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Cashner (L, 1-3)6.08442713.601.332.5
    M. Castro2.02000103.291.324.5
    B. Brach1.04330015.191.73-4.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Cashner (L, 1-3)6.0
    M. Castro2.0
    B. Brach1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 98-66, A. Miller 11-7, C. Allen 11-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 9-7, A. Miller 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 26, A. Miller 3, C. Allen 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Cashner
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 112-74, M. Castro 30-22, B. Brach 23-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 5-7, M. Castro 1-4, B. Brach 3-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 29, M. Castro 8, B. Brach 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    CLE11-8
    0002200037140
    BAL6-16
    100200000361
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS51210003.220.281.354.6354.0
    J. Kipnis 2B51100025.182.259.234.4931.0
    J. Ramirez 3B42232120.236.353.528.88113.0
    M. Brantley LF50210000.348.375.500.8754.0
    E. Encarnacion DH51100023.143.241.329.5692.0
    Y. Alonso 1B51210013.221.293.426.7204.5
    Y. Gomes C50310001.261.320.500.8205.0
    T. Naquin RF50100014.268.302.341.6440.5
    R. Davis CF21000102.194.265.258.5232.0
    Total41714722821-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Gentry LF40000021.189.250.189.439-1.0
      P. Alvarez DH30000000.214.340.405.7450.0
      a- D. Valencia PH-DH10000001.138.286.379.6650.0
      M. Machado SS42322000.356.434.7131.14713.0
      A. Jones CF41100011.239.250.402.6522.5
      C. Davis 1B40110010.164.274.274.5481.5
      T. Beckham 3B30000011.175.247.263.510-0.5
      A. Santander RF30000010.161.203.268.471-0.5
      C. Joseph C30100000.100.122.150.2721.0
      L. Sardinas 2B30000011.118.211.294.505-0.5
      Total323632075-----
      • a-hit into fielder's choice for Alvarez in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Brantley (4), E. Encarnacion, Y. Alonso (2), Y. Gomes (2)
      • HR - J. Ramirez 2 (7)
      • SH - R. Davis
      • RBI - F. Lindor (8), J. Ramirez 3 (12), M. Brantley (8), Y. Alonso (11), Y. Gomes (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Gomes (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Jones (6)
      • HR - M. Machado 2 (8)
      • RBI - M. Machado 2 (17), C. Davis (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Machado (7)
      FIELDING
      • E - L. Sardinas (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber (W, 3-1)7.06330421.960.7624.0
      A. Miller (H, 3)1.00000200.000.964.0
      C. Allen1.00000100.000.783.5
      Total9.0633072---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber (W, 3-1)7.0
      A. Miller (H, 3)1.0
      C. Allen1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cashner (L, 1-3)6.08442713.601.332.5
      M. Castro2.02000103.291.324.5
      B. Brach1.04330015.191.73-4.0
      Total9.01477282---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cashner (L, 1-3)6.0
      M. Castro2.0
      B. Brach1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 98-66, A. Miller 11-7, C. Allen 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 9-7, A. Miller 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 26, A. Miller 3, C. Allen 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Cashner
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 112-74, M. Castro 30-22, B. Brach 23-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 5-7, M. Castro 1-4, B. Brach 3-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 29, M. Castro 8, B. Brach 7
      • 9TH INNING
        Gomes doubled to deep right, Alonso scored73
        Ramirez homered to right center, Kipnis scored63
      • 5TH INNING
        Brantley singled to shallow left, Lindor scored, Ramirez to second43
        Lindor singled to shallow center, Davis scored33
      • 4TH INNING
        Davis singled to shallow right, Jones scored23
        Machado homered to center22
        Alonso doubled to deep right, Encarnacion scored21
        Ramirez homered to right11
      • 1ST INNING
        Machado homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brad Brach relieved Miguel Castro
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kipnis singled to shallow right
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez homered to right center, Kipnis scored
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Brantley grounded out to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion grounded out to second
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Alonso singled to shallow center
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes doubled to deep right, Alonso scored
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Naquin grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Cody Allen relieved Andrew Miller
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Foul, Machado fouled out to right
        • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Davis flied out to right
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Castro Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Gomes grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Naquin: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Naquin singled to shallow center
        • R. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Davis fouled out to first
        • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lindor flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • C. Joseph: Ball, Foul, Joseph singled to shallow right
        • Andrew Miller relieved Corey Kluber
        • L. Sardinas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sardinas struck out swinging
        • C. Gentry: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gentry struck out swinging
        • Danny Valencia hit for Pedro Alvarez
        • D. Valencia: Valencia grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Joseph out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Miguel Castro relieved Andrew Cashner
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Ramirez struck out on foul tip
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Brantley doubled to deep right
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion popped out to second
        • Y. Alonso: Alonso fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Davis struck out on foul tip
        • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • A. Santander: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santander struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Foul, Gomes singled to shallow center
        • T. Naquin: Foul, Foul, Naquin reached on fielder's choice to first, Gomes out at second
        • R. Davis: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Davis flied out to center
        • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Lindor singled to left, Naquin to second
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • C. Gentry: Gentry grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • P. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Alvarez grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Machado: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Machado singled to shallow left
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Machado out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Davis to second on wild pitch, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Lindor singled to shallow center, Davis scored
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis lined out to right
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked, Lindor to second
        • M. Brantley: Brantley singled to shallow left, Lindor scored, Ramirez to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to second, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Alonso grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • A. Santander: Ball, Ball, Santander flied out to center
        • C. Joseph: Joseph grounded out to third
        • L. Sardinas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sardinas lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ramirez homered to right
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion doubled to right
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Alonso doubled to deep right, Encarnacion scored
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gomes lined out to left
        • T. Naquin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • P. Alvarez: Alvarez flied out to left
        • M. Machado: Ball, Machado homered to center
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jones doubled to deep right
        • C. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Davis singled to shallow right, Jones scored
        • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beckham grounded into double play third to second to first, Davis out at second
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Gomes singled to shallow center
        • T. Naquin: Foul, Foul, Naquin safe at first on 2nd baseman Sardinas fielding error, Gomes to second
        • R. Davis: Ball, Foul, Davis hit sacrifice bunt to third, Gomes to third, Naquin to second
        • F. Lindor: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Lindor flied out to right
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis lined out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • C. Joseph: Foul, Ball, Joseph flied out to right
        • L. Sardinas: Ball, Sardinas grounded out to second
        • C. Gentry: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Gentry struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Brantley flied out to deep right
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Alonso struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Foul, Davis grounded out to first
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Beckham flied out to right
        • A. Santander: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santander flied out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lindor flied out to right
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Ramirez struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kluber Pitching:
        • C. Gentry: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gentry grounded out to pitcher
        • P. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Alvarez popped out to third
        • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Machado homered to left
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)