Cobb pitches Orioles past Indians 4-2

CLEVELAND (AP) Alex Cobb looked a lot better than his major league-leading 15 losses.

Cobb pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in five years, and the Baltimore Orioles snapped Cleveland's six-game win streak with a 4-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday.

Cobb (4-15) struck out three and walked one in his fourth career complete game. The right-hander threw 100 pitches, 69 for strikes, while going the distance for the first time since Aug. 31, 2013, for Tampa Bay against Oakland.

Cobb, who signed with Baltimore in spring training, lost five straight starts in July and has taken some responsibility for the Orioles having the worst record in baseball.

''It was tough early on in the season dealing with the failures,'' he said. ''Not only as a team, but me personally and feeling like I really contributed poorly to that first half. You try to pick yourself up and build on some positives.''

Cobb retired his first nine batters. He made his biggest pitch of the game when Melky Cabrera bounced into an inning-ending double play with the tying run on third in the seventh.

The 30-year-old Cobb has allowed three runs or less in each of his last seven starts. He threw seven innings against Tampa Bay and Boston in his previous two outings.

''I don't want to say I told you so, so I won't,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter. ''But Alex, the split's been solid for him. He made a lot of big pitches.''

Jonathan Villar hit a three-run homer in the third for Baltimore. Rookie Cedric Mullins hit his first major league home run in the eighth.

Francisco Lindor's RBI single and Michael Brantley's sacrifice fly cut the Orioles' lead to 3-2 in the sixth.

Cleveland right-hander Adam Plutko (4-3) allowed three hits in seven innings. He was called up from Triple-A Columbus to step into the rotation for Trevor Bauer, who is out with a stress fracture in his right leg.

The Orioles jumped in front in the third, taking advantage of a mistake by the Indians. With one out and a runner on first, Mullins pushed a bunt past the mound that was fielded by first baseman Yonder Alonso. He turned to make the throw to first, but no one covered the bag. Mullins beat Jason Kipnis, running from second base, to the bag for the infield hit.

Villar then drove a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right for his third homer since coming over in the July 31 trade that sent infielder Jonathan Schoop to Milwaukee.

Lindor opened the fourth with an infield hit for Cleveland's first baserunner, but Jose Ramirez bounced into a double play.

Ramirez drew a leadoff in the seventh and took third on Alonso's one-out single. Cabrera, swinging at the first pitch, then hit a slow roller to the right side that was turned into a quick double play, prompting Cobb to pump his fist as he headed to the dugout.

Indians manager Terry Francona didn't fault Cabrera for being aggressive.

''You hate to ever tell a hitter to take,'' Francona said. ''We felt like we were in a great place, but eventually we weren't.''

The Indians retired Hall of Famer Jim Thome's No. 25 before the game, drawing a crowd of 35,003 for Cleveland's eighth sellout of the season.

''That's such a tough lineup, especially in this ballpark on Jim Thome Day,'' Showalter said. ''I kept waiting for Thome to come out on deck.''

MEMORABLE MOMENT

Mullins homered to right off Neil Ramirez. He received a royal welcome when he reached the dugout.

''It was awesome,'' he said. ''The seeds getting thrown in my face, I've never had that happen before. I think one got me in the eye a little bit. But it was fun to be able to get the first one out of the way.''

LIFE IN THE MAJORS

Plutko is in his sixth stint with the Indians this season. He has gone through the ups and downs of being sent from the big leagues to the minors, and the right-hander believes it has been a learning experience.

''There's adjustments to be made,'' he said. ''The pitch I threw to Villar, maybe I get a popup in Triple-A. Here it goes for a home run.''

ORIOLES MOVE

Baltimore claimed outfielder John Andreoli off waivers from Seattle and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. He appeared in three games with the Mariners this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: INF Jhan Marinez (strained right hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Orioles on Monday.

Indians: OF Tyler Naquin (right hip surgery) might return in late September. He has progressed to riding a stationary bike and could begin running drills soon.

UP NEXT

Orioles RHP Yefry Ramirez (1-4, 5.40 ERA) makes his ninth start and 10th appearance of the season in Sunday's series finale. RHP Mike Clevinger (8-7, 3.38 ERA) takes the mound for Cleveland.

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  • W: A. Cobb (4-15)L: A. Plutko (4-3)
  • HR: BAL - J. Villar (9), C. Mullins (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Villar 2B31131120.263.322.392.71410.0
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M. Trumbo DH40000010.260.313.453.765-0.5
C. Davis 1B40000010.162.243.306.549-0.5
R. Nunez 3B40200010.254.338.395.7332.5
J. Peterson PR-3B00000000.199.315.320.6350.0
T. Beckham SS40000022.223.284.360.644-1.0
C. Gentry RF30000010.238.299.294.593-0.5
A. Wynns C21000100.286.322.482.8042.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40210010.292.372.550.9231.5
    M. Brantley LF30010001.299.355.463.8191.0
    J. Ramirez 3B30000101.301.412.6361.0481.0
    Y. Diaz DH30000011.444.464.5561.020-0.5
    Y. Alonso 1B30100000.248.311.438.7491.0
    R. Davis PR-CF00000000.246.293.309.6010.0
    M. Cabrera RF30000012.254.296.370.666-0.5
    E. Gonzalez 1B00000000.296.327.426.7530.0
    J. Kipnis 2B30000000.222.311.357.6670.0
    Y. Gomes C31100000.247.303.419.7222.0
    G. Allen CF-RF31100000.243.278.305.5832.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Nunez (10)
      • HR - C. Mullins, J. Villar (9)
      • RBI - C. Mullins (3), J. Villar 3 (31)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Mullins
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini, T. Beckham 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • SF - M. Brantley (5)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (76), M. Brantley (64)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Villar (16)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - F. Lindor (8)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Davis-Beckham; Villar-Beckham-Davis)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cobb (W, 4-15)9.05221305.091.4330.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cobb (W, 4-15)9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Plutko (L, 4-3)7.03331614.621.1515.0
      N. Ramirez1.01111214.551.171.0
      D. Otero1.01000105.441.212.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Plutko (L, 4-3)7.0
      N. Ramirez1.0
      D. Otero1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 100-69
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 12-9
      • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 30
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 97-60, N. Ramirez 27-16, D. Otero 12-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 4-11, D. Otero 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 25, N. Ramirez 5, D. Otero 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Mullins CF42211000.357.419.6071.0268.0
      J. Villar 2B31131120.263.322.392.71410.0
      T. Mancini LF40000011.235.301.391.692-0.5
      J. Rickard LF00000000.221.284.416.7000.0
      M. Trumbo DH40000010.260.313.453.765-0.5
      C. Davis 1B40000010.162.243.306.549-0.5
      R. Nunez 3B40200010.254.338.395.7332.5
      J. Peterson PR-3B00000000.199.315.320.6350.0
      T. Beckham SS40000022.223.284.360.644-1.0
      C. Gentry RF30000010.238.299.294.593-0.5
      A. Wynns C21000100.286.322.482.8042.0
      Total324542293-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS40210010.292.372.550.9231.5
        M. Brantley LF30010001.299.355.463.8191.0
        J. Ramirez 3B30000101.301.412.6361.0481.0
        Y. Diaz DH30000011.444.464.5561.020-0.5
        Y. Alonso 1B30100000.248.311.438.7491.0
        R. Davis PR-CF00000000.246.293.309.6010.0
        M. Cabrera RF30000012.254.296.370.666-0.5
        E. Gonzalez 1B00000000.296.327.426.7530.0
        J. Kipnis 2B30000000.222.311.357.6670.0
        Y. Gomes C31100000.247.303.419.7222.0
        G. Allen CF-RF31100000.243.278.305.5832.0
        Total282520135-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Nunez (10)
          • HR - C. Mullins, J. Villar (9)
          • RBI - C. Mullins (3), J. Villar 3 (31)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Mullins
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini, T. Beckham 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • SF - M. Brantley (5)
          • RBI - F. Lindor (76), M. Brantley (64)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Villar (16)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - F. Lindor (8)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Davis-Beckham; Villar-Beckham-Davis)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Cobb (W, 4-15)9.05221305.091.4330.5
          Total9.0522130---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Cobb (W, 4-15)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Plutko (L, 4-3)7.03331614.621.1515.0
          N. Ramirez1.01111214.551.171.0
          D. Otero1.01000105.441.212.5
          Total9.0544292---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Plutko (L, 4-3)7.0
          N. Ramirez1.0
          D. Otero1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 100-69
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 12-9
          • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 30
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 97-60, N. Ramirez 27-16, D. Otero 12-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 4-11, D. Otero 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 25, N. Ramirez 5, D. Otero 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Mullins homered to right center42
          • 6TH INNING
            Brantley hit sacrifice fly to center, Allen scored32
            Lindor singled to right, Gomes scored, Allen to third31
          • 3RD INNING
            Villar homered to right, Wynns and Mullins scored30
          • 9TH INNING
            • Dan Otero relieved Neil Ramirez
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike looking, Trumbo flied out to deep right
            • C. Davis: Foul, Davis grounded out to first
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • Jace Peterson ran for Renato Nunez
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Beckham struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to first
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Neil Ramirez relieved Adam Plutko
            • Erik Gonzalez at first base
            • C. Gentry: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gentry struck out swinging
            • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wynns popped out to second
            • C. Mullins: Ball, Mullins homered to right center
            • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Villar walked
            • T. Mancini: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Ball, Strike looking, Villar stole second, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Joey Rickard in left field
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to pitcher
            • Y. Gomes: Gomes lined out to center
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Allen grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to first
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Nunez popped out to second
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Beckham struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
            • Y. Alonso: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Alonso singled to right, Ramirez to third
            • Rajai Davis ran for Yonder Alonso
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Davis out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Mancini grounded out to second
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Trumbo grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Kipnis lined out to center
            • Y. Gomes: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gomes singled to left center
            • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Allen singled to center, Gomes to second
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor singled to right, Gomes scored, Allen to third
            • M. Brantley: Brantley hit sacrifice fly to center, Allen scored
            • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lindor caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • C. Gentry: Gentry lined out to left
            • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wynns flied out to right
            • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Mullins grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Diaz lined out to pitcher
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso grounded out to second
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Nunez struck out on foul tip
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Beckham flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Lindor reached on an infield single to second
            • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Brantley lined out to left
            • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Ramirez grounded into double play shortstop to first, Lindor out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • C. Gentry: Gentry lined out to shortstop
            • A. Wynns: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wynns walked
            • C. Mullins: Mullins reached on bunt single to second, Wynns to second
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Villar homered to right, Wynns and Mullins scored
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Mancini flied out to right
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis lined out to left
            • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gomes lined out to center
            • G. Allen: Ball, Ball, Allen flied out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Trumbo fouled out to first
            • C. Davis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis popped out to shortstop
            • R. Nunez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Nunez doubled to deep left
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Beckham flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • Y. Diaz: Diaz lined out to right
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Alonso grounded out to second
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Plutko Pitching:
            • C. Mullins: Ball, Strike looking, Mullins flied out to deep right
            • J. Villar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
            • T. Mancini: Foul, Mancini flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to first
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)