Wieters, McLouth power Baltimore past Cleveland
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Behind seven strong innings from Bud Norris and big days at the plate from Matt Wieters and Nate McLouth, the Baltimore Orioles claimed the opener of a key three-game series with the Cleveland Indians with a 7-2 decision at Progressive Field.
Norris (10-10) yielded just four hits while striking out eight, taking a shutout into the seventh inning that was spoiled by Jason Kipnis' solo home run. Wieters led the offense with four hits, including a two-run homer in the ninth that capped the win.
McLouth had a homer and three RBI among his two hits, and was robbed of a third after Nick Markakis missed second base on a would-be run-scoring double in the top of the second.
Brian Roberts added a two-run double to the victory, which moved the Orioles within 2 1/2 games of Tampa Bay for the AL's second wild card spot pending the Rays' outcome on Monday.
Cleveland received solo blasts from Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall, but got only an inning-plus from Justin Masterson (14-10) before the Indians' ace was removed with soreness in his left side.
The loss, Cleveland's sixth in seven outings, dropped the Tribe 1 1/2 games behind the Orioles in the race.
09/02 19:23:29 ET