Josh Tomlin could not hold an early lead as he surrendered three home runs and Manny Machado was 4-for-4 at the plate with four runs batted in as the Baltimore Orioles held off the Cleveland Indians, 6-5, on Tuesday night.
The scuffling Machado looked like the player of old as he owned Tribe pitching all game long, providing the bulk of the offense for Baltimore on the night. The Indians held a three-run lead at one point, but Machado tied the game with one swing in the fifth and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh as the Indians stranded a small village on the bases.
Cleveland got to Baltimore starter Chris Tillman in the first inning as he looked to end a five-game losing streak. Francisco Lindor, who went hitless in the 12-run fun the night before, opened the night with a single to left. One out later, Jose Ramirez worked a walk. Lindor would be carelessly picked off of second base with Edwin Encarnacion at the plate, which would prove costly two pitches later when the Indians slugger visited rare territory at Oriole Park at Camden Yards with a blast to the second deck, becoming the second player to reach that level of the park this season and just the fourth all-time.
Tomlin could not stop an Orioles response as Baltimore got on the board in their half of the first. After Seth Smith grounded to short, Machado left the yard with a solo shot to cut the O’s deficit in half at 2-1.
After wasting a one-out double by Bradley Zimmer in the second, the Indians returned to the field and saw their lead disintegrate to nothing. After a fly out to center by Trey Mancini, Jonathan Schoop sent a 425-foot drive to left to tie the game at two with the O’s second homer in as many innings off of Tomlin.
Both teams would provide uneventful efforts in the third, but the fourth became a big frame for the Tribe. Lonnie Chisenhall and Carlos Santana started the inning with back-to-back singles, but in an unfortunate turn of events, Yan Gomes grounded to Machado at third. He caught Chisenhall in between second and third, but fired to second for the force before Schoop returned a throw to third as Chisenhall was tagged out for the unconventional double play. Zimmer drew a walk before Austin Jackson singled to right, breaking the tie as Gomes scored from second. Lindor followed with a two-run double to right-center, pushing the Indians’ lead back to three at 5-2.
Tomlin worked around a one-out single by Mancini in the fourth, striking out the final two outs of the inning swinging, but things would take a bad turn for the veteran right-hander as the lineup flipped over for a third trip in the fifth. After getting a fly out to start the inning, nine-hitter Ruben Tejada singled to right-center. Smith followed with a single to center and Machado knotted the game at five with a clout to left, his second of the night and this one bigger than the first. Nick Goody would have to come on to retire the final out of the inning, but the damage was done.
Cleveland’s trend of stranding base runners became a big issue in the sixth against reliever Alec Asher. With two outs, Jackson and Lindor both walked, but lefty Richard Bleier entered for manager Buck Showalter and retired Jason Kipnis on a grounder to second as the Indians stranded a pair.
Goody and Boone Logan combined to strike out the side swinging in the sixth, bringing the Tribe bats back to the plate against Bleier. Ramirez and Encarnacion each singled and Chisenhall stepped to the plate. Despite being one of the top run producers in the league in June and in general over the last week, he dropped down a successful bunt to move both runners up 90 feet. Taking the bat out of Chisenhall’s hands would backfire, even after Santana was intentionally walked to load the bases as Miguel Castro came on from the bullpen and struck out Gomes swinging on three pitches and got Zimmer to ground to first as the Indians left the bases loaded.
Logan started the seventh and notched his third straight strikeout before Bryan Shaw came on in relief. Machado drove a pitch high and deep to right that a leaping Chisenhall could not reel in as the Orioles third baseman rolled into second with his fourth hit of the night. The very next pitch from Shaw was lined into the right field corner by Adam Jones as the O’s took a 6-5 lead.
The Indians went down in order in the eighth against Mychal Givens. Brad Brach came on for the ninth, looking for his 13th save, but got into some trouble after Ramirez grounded out to second. Encarnacion drew a walk and was lifted for pinch-runner Daniel Robertson. Chisenhall singled him over to second before Santana grounded to first. Hustling out of the box, he avoided a near double play, keeping the inning alive for Gomes, who flied to right to end the game.
The loss dropped the Tribe to 37-32 on the season and 22-15 on the road. The Orioles climbed back to the .500 mark at 35-35 and are now 24-12 at Camden Yards this season.
Machado was 4-for-4 at the plate with four runs batted in and three runs scored for Baltimore. Jones and Schoop each had two hits and were responsible for the other two runs driven in on the night.
Lindor and Encarnacion were the main offensive weapons for the Tribe on Tuesday. Lindor had two hits and drove in a pair. Encarnacion added two RBI with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Ramirez had a pair of hits, extending his hitting streak and multi-hit hitting streak to eight games each. His consecutive games streak with a double came to an end at seven in a row. The problem for the Tribe was the significant number of wasted opportunities throughout the night, as the club combined to strand eleven runners on base while going 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Tomlin took the no-decision for the Indians after working just four and two-thirds innings and allowing five runs on eight hits with five strikeouts. Three home run balls would prove to be his undoing. Tillman was similarly bad, lasting four innings and allowing five runs on eight hits with three walks. Castro earned the win with two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief, while Shaw was dealt his second loss of the season.
Carlos Carrasco (7-3, 3.21 ERA) and Kevin Gausman (3-6, 6.60) will pair up on Wednesday when the series resumes for the third of four contests. Carrasco will look to build on a 31-21 record on the road in his career. He started the Indians’ current eight-game road trip with a win in Minnesota his last time out, allowing just one run in six and one-third innings of work. The 26-year-old right-hander Gausman has had a rough June, allowing 16 runs in 15 2/3 innings while earning L’s in two of his three outings.
First pitch from Baltimore is scheduled for 7:05 PM ET.
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