Plutko, 3 relievers allow 1 hit for Indians in 4-1 win

CLEVELAND (AP) Adam Plutko's season debut for Cleveland couldn't have gone much better.

Called up from Triple-A Columbus before the game, Plutko allowed one run in six innings - a solo homer by Trey Mancini for Baltimore's only hit - and the Indians defeated the Orioles 4-1 on Saturday.

Plutko was optioned to the minors at the end of spring training and didn't pitch in April because of a strained right forearm. He made two starts in Columbus before being rejoining the Indians.

''It's always exciting to be out there on a major league mound, whether it's your first time back in a while or your 12th consecutive game out there,'' Plutko said.

Plutko gave up the home run to Mancini with two outs in the fourth. The right-hander struck out four, walked two and was pulled after throwing 83 pitches.

''He knows how to pitch,'' Mancini said. ''I've been facing him since we were in college in 2013. It was especially impressive, being his first game off the DL.''

Plutko was 4-5 in 17 appearances with the Indians last season and will be counted on to help Cleveland's injury-depleted rotation.

''I do feel like I belong here, but at the end of the day it's one outing,'' he said. ''If you're a starter in the big leagues you need to be good 34 times (a season), not just one.''

Corey Kluber broke his right arm after being hit by a line drive in April and will be re-evaluated later this month while Mike Clevinger strained an upper back muscle in the second week of the season.

Cleveland used three relievers to finish it. Oliver Perez struck out three of the four hitters he faced. Adam Cimber retired a batter in the eighth, but a fielding error by third baseman Jose Ramirez and a walk put two runners on.

Brad Hand struck out Jonathan Villar to end the inning and worked a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 12 chances.

Baltimore managed four baserunners on three walks and Ramirez's error.

Jordan Luplow and Carlos Santana homered for Cleveland, extending Baltimore's major-league-leading total of home runs allowed to 93.

Luplow hit a two-run homer in the fourth off John Means (5-4). The blast followed Santana's double for Cleveland's first hit. Luplow, batting cleanup for the second time this season, has five home runs - all since May 9.

Santana hit a leadoff homer in the eighth off Miguel Castro.

Mancini drove a 1-0 pitch to the porch in left field for his team-leading 10th home run of the season and second in the series.

The Indians were batting .223 at gametime and were held to three hits by Baltimore on Friday in a 5-1 loss. Cleveland rolled to a 14-7 win in the series opener Thursday and scored nine runs against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

BIG DAY

Outfielder Oscar Mercado, called up from Columbus on Wednesday, doubled in the fifth for his first major league hit. The rookie will give the baseball to his parents, who attended the game.

''The first thing I did was look over to where they were sitting,'' Mercado said. ''They were cheering pretty loud. You could tell they were excited.''

Mercado said he used one of Jose Ramirez's bats to get the hit. Ramirez, who has struggled all season and is batting .193, singled in the eighth.

Mercado's teammates gave him a shower consisting of various liquids following the game. Veteran reliever Tyler Clippard was also doused after officially reaching 10 seasons in the majors Saturday.

LOOKED GOOD EARLY

Means retired nine of the first 10 hitters before running into trouble in the fourth. The rookie left-hander, who allowed three runs and five hits in five innings, won four of his previous five starts.

''My fastball felt good,'' Means said. ''I just didn't have my secondary pitches today. I was nibbling and they weren't swinging at bad pitches. That was really frustrating.''

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Yefry Ramirez (0-1, 5.14 ERA) moves into the rotation after making his first three 2019 appearances in relief.

Indians: RHP Shane Bieber (2-2, 3.81 ERA) seeks his first home win of the year. He is 0-1 with a 4.43 ERA in four starts at Progressive Field.

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  • W: A. Plutko (1-0)L: J. Means (5-4)S: B. Hand (12)
  • HR: BAL - T. Mancini (10), CLE - C. Santana (6), J. Luplow (5)
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T. Mancini DH41111000.310.357.571.9296.0
C. Davis 1B30000120.186.276.345.6210.0
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R. Ruiz 3B-2B20000110.252.338.370.7080.5
P. Severino C30000001.229.316.471.7880.0
J. Rickard RF30000021.205.294.357.651-1.0
R. Martin SS20000010.157.227.236.463-0.5
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  • a-walked for Martin in the 8th
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J. Kipnis 2B40100011.221.296.346.6420.5
C. Santana DH32211100.281.389.451.84010.0
J. Luplow RF41121013.258.319.532.8516.5
J. Ramirez 3B40100000.193.286.301.5873.0
C. Gonzalez LF20000201.229.295.302.5972.0
R. Perez C40000003.228.321.413.7340.0
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B. Hand P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    BATTING
    • HR - T. Mancini (10)
    • RBI - T. Mancini (21)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Mancini (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Villar 2 (2), J. Rickard
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Santana (8), O. Mercado
    • HR - C. Santana (6), J. Luplow (5)
    • RBI - F. Lindor (13), C. Santana (25), J. Luplow 2 (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Kipnis, R. Perez 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Ramirez (12)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Ruiz-Villar-Davis)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Kipnis-Lindor-Bauers)
    • E - J. Ramirez (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Means (L, 5-4)5.05333112.681.10-0.5
    P. Fry2.00001003.150.955.0
    M. Castro1.02110117.841.840.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Means (L, 5-4)5.0
    P. Fry2.0
    M. Castro1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Plutko (W, 1-0)6.01112411.500.5026.0
    O. Perez (H, 4)1.10000303.971.244.5
    A. Cimber (H, 4)0.10001003.120.98-1.0
    B. Hand (S, 12)1.10000201.420.7911.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Plutko (W, 1-0)6.0
    O. Perez (H, 4)1.1
    A. Cimber (H, 4)0.1
    B. Hand (S, 12)1.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Means (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 94-53, P. Fry 29-17, M. Castro 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 5-8, P. Fry 5-1, M. Castro 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Means 22, P. Fry 7, M. Castro 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 83-54, O. Perez 16-13, A. Cimber 9-3, B. Hand 17-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 5-8, A. Cimber 2-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 20, O. Perez 4, A. Cimber 3, B. Hand 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Villar 2B-SS40000022.250.305.397.702-1.0
    D. Smith LF40000000.268.311.470.7810.0
    T. Mancini DH41111000.310.357.571.9296.0
    C. Davis 1B30000120.186.276.345.6210.0
    S. Wilkerson CF30000011.280.299.507.805-0.5
    R. Ruiz 3B-2B20000110.252.338.370.7080.5
    P. Severino C30000001.229.316.471.7880.0
    J. Rickard RF30000021.205.294.357.651-1.0
    R. Martin SS20000010.157.227.236.463-0.5
    a- R. Nunez PH-3B00000100.215.257.386.6441.0
    J. Means P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    P. Fry P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    M. Castro P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-walked for Martin in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40110001.286.330.459.7892.0
    J. Kipnis 2B40100011.221.296.346.6420.5
    C. Santana DH32211100.281.389.451.84010.0
    J. Luplow RF41121013.258.319.532.8516.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40100000.193.286.301.5873.0
    C. Gonzalez LF20000201.229.295.302.5972.0
    R. Perez C40000003.228.321.413.7340.0
    J. Bauers 1B30000000.237.329.363.6920.0
    O. Mercado CF21100100.167.375.333.7084.0
    A. Plutko P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    O. Perez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Cimber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • HR - T. Mancini (10)
      • RBI - T. Mancini (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Mancini (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Villar 2 (2), J. Rickard
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Santana (8), O. Mercado
      • HR - C. Santana (6), J. Luplow (5)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (13), C. Santana (25), J. Luplow 2 (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Kipnis, R. Perez 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez (12)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Ruiz-Villar-Davis)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Kipnis-Lindor-Bauers)
      • E - J. Ramirez (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Means (L, 5-4)5.05333112.681.10-0.5
      P. Fry2.00001003.150.955.0
      M. Castro1.02110117.841.840.5
      Total8.0744422---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Means (L, 5-4)5.0
      P. Fry2.0
      M. Castro1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Plutko (W, 1-0)6.01112411.500.5026.0
      O. Perez (H, 4)1.10000303.971.244.5
      A. Cimber (H, 4)0.10001003.120.98-1.0
      B. Hand (S, 12)1.10000201.420.7911.0
      Total9.0111391---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Plutko (W, 1-0)6.0
      O. Perez (H, 4)1.1
      A. Cimber (H, 4)0.1
      B. Hand (S, 12)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Means (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 94-53, P. Fry 29-17, M. Castro 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 5-8, P. Fry 5-1, M. Castro 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Means 22, P. Fry 7, M. Castro 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 83-54, O. Perez 16-13, A. Cimber 9-3, B. Hand 17-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 5-8, A. Cimber 2-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 20, O. Perez 4, A. Cimber 3, B. Hand 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Santana homered to center14
      • 5TH INNING
        Lindor singled to left, Mercado scored13
      • 4TH INNING
        Luplow homered to left, Santana scored12
        Mancini homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Hand Pitching:
        • D. Smith: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Smith lined out to third
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mancini lined out to left
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • O. Perez Pitching:
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ruiz struck out looking
        • Adam Cimber relieved Oliver Perez
        • P. Severino: Ball, Strike looking, Severino grounded out to second
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Rickard safe at first on 3rd baseman Ramirez fielding error
        • Renato Nunez hit for Richie Martin
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nunez walked, Rickard to second
        • Brad Hand relieved Adam Cimber
        • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Miguel Castro relieved Paul Fry
        • C. Santana: Ball, Santana homered to center
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Luplow struck out looking
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ramirez singled to right
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ramirez stole second, Gonzalez grounded out to second, Ramirez to third
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Oliver Perez relieved Adam Plutko
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Foul, Mancini lined out to right
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Wilkerson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Fry Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Bauers grounded out to second
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mercado walked
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Lindor grounded out to second, Mercado to second
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Martin flied out to left
        • J. Villar: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • D. Smith: Smith fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Paul Fry relieved John Means
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez lined out to right
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to first
        • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Wilkerson lined out to right
        • R. Ruiz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ruiz walked
        • P. Severino: Strike swinging, Ball, Severino flied out to left
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bauers flied out to center
        • O. Mercado: Foul, Ball, Mercado doubled to left center
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor singled to left, Mercado scored
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Kipnis singled to right center, Lindor to second
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked, Lindor to third, Kipnis to second
        • J. Luplow: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Luplow grounded into double play third to second to first, Santana out at second
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Villar grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Smith grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini homered to left
        • C. Davis: Ball, Foul, Davis flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana doubled to deep center
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Santana to third on wild pitch, Strike (foul tip), Luplow homered to left, Santana scored
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez popped out to second
        • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • R. Perez: Ball, Foul, Perez reached on fielder's choice to third, Gonzalez out at second
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • P. Severino: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Severino flied out to deep center
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Rickard struck out on foul tip
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Bauers lined out to center
        • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mercado lined out to third
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis walked
        • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Wilkerson grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Davis out at second
        • R. Ruiz: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ruiz lined out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • J. Luplow: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Luplow grounded out to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez lined out to left
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Perez fouled out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Plutko Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Villar grounded out to first
        • D. Smith: Smith lined out to left
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Ball, Foul, Mancini grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to second
        • C. Santana: Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)