American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Cleveland|
(Monday, September 2nd)
Final Score: Baltimore 7, Cleveland 2
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.
"I just had a great plan with Wieters," Norris said of his batterymate. "A lot
of credit goes to him."
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 two 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.
Masterson received a visit from the Indians' team trainer during Wieters' at-
bat to begin the second inning, which ended with the Baltimore catcher driving
a single to left. The towering right-hander threw two more pitches to ensuing
hitter Markakis before being replaced by Preston Guilmet in the middle of the
"It stinks to see Justin go down that quick," Guilmet said. "It's one of those
situations that arise and you have to handle them."
Markakis wound up reaching on a single, and McLouth sent a deep drive to
center field two batters later that brought in Wieters for the game's first
run. Markakis was ruled to have missed second base on the play, however, with
McLouth instead credited with a fielder's choice as a result of the
After Guilmet walked Alexi Casilla, Roberts sent both runners home with a
double into the gap in right center that gave Baltimore an early 3-0 lead.
McLouth wouldn't be denied a hit in his next trip to the plate, however. With
J.J. Hardy aboard in the fourth, the outfielder drilled a Nick Hagadone pitch
five rows deep into the right-field stands to provide Norris with a five-run
That was plenty for Norris, who held the Indians to just one hit over the
opening five innings and had set down 10 straight batters before Chisenhall
doubled to open the bottom of the sixth and was eventually left stranded.
Kipnis finally got Cleveland on the board by depositing Norris' offering over
the wall in right center to start the bottom of the seventh. Chisenhall cut
the deficit to 5-2 by greeting Tommy Hunter with a homer of his own an inning
Wieters helped erase any Indians' comeback hopes, however, with a two-out shot
off Marc Rzepczynski in the top of the ninth. Manny Machado, who led off the
inning with a single, scored on his teammate's 20th home run of the season.
Norris improved to 4-0 in seven starts since being acquired by the Orioles
from Houston at the July 31 trade deadline. Baltimore has won six of those
assignments ... Indians outfielder Michael Brantley went 3-for-4 to extend his
hitting streak to seven games ... Cleveland has now lost eight of its last 11
games at Progressive Field ... The Orioles improved to 17-11 in day games held
on the road this season.
09/03 01:10:57 ET