American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Cleveland|
(Friday, July 20th)
Final Score: Baltimore 10, Cleveland 2
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Jim Thome went 3-for-5 with a solo home run
and a pair of runs scored on Friday as the Baltimore Orioles rolled to a 10-2
thumping of the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a four-game series at
Thome's home run -- a towering blast to right field -- was his first in an
Orioles uniform and the 610th of his illustrious career, which pushed him past
Sammy Sosa and into seventh place on the all-time list.
"(Derek) Lowe can be a guy you have to do that on," Thome said of scoring
early. "Once he gets settled in, he can be very good. We were fortunate that
we got some pitches to hit and capitalized on it."
Ryan Flaherty crushed a three-run shot and Mark Reynolds added a two-run
double in the O's third consecutive win. Chris Davis had two hits in the
Miguel Gonzalez (2-1) was solid in just his third major league start. The 28-
year old righty allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks with five
strikeouts to collect the win.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Jack Hannahan homered for the Indians, who have dropped
five of their last seven contests. Johnny Damon went 3-for-4 and Shin-Soo Choo
added two hits in the loss.
Lowe (8-8) was knocked around for nine runs on seven hits and five walks
over just three-plus innings.
"Derek wasn't able to command his sinker in the strike zone," Indians manager
Manny Acta said. "He couldn't even throw 50 percent of his pitches for
strikes, so he was behind in the count. When you see a sinker-baller with that
many fly balls, he's in trouble."
The Orioles were gifted the first run of the game in their first at-bat. J.J
Hardy roped a one-out double, moved to third on a groundout by Thome and
scored when Lowe uncorked a wild pitch that skipped past Carlos Santana to the
Cleveland evened the game at one in the home half when Cabrera laced a
fastball into the seats in right-center for his team-leading 12th long ball of
Baltimore broke the game open with six runs in the third inning. Thome started
the frame with a double and scored two batters later on a fielder's choice by
Matt Wieters. Wilson Betemit smoked a two-base hit and Davis was intentionally
walked to load the bases. Reynolds then laced a double off the wall in center
to bring in a pair of runs and Flaherty cleared the bases with a mammoth home
run to right field, ballooning the O's lead to 7-1.
Thome led off the fourth with his long home run to right which spelled the end
of the night for Lowe, and they added another run in the inning on a fielder's
choice by Davis, which allowed Jones to score, extending the lead to a
comfortable 9-1 margin.
Betemit knocked in Baltimore's final run of the game with a groundout in the
sixth before Hannahan clubbed a two-out shot off Gonzalez in the seventh.
Cleveland loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth when Santana was hit by
a pitch, Travis Hafner beat out an infield single and Damon hit a line drive
off the leg of Matt Lindstrom. Kevin Gregg came in from the bullpen and got
Casey Kotchman to fly out, ending the inning.
Gregg came out for the ninth and retired the side in order.
Lowe fell to 8-6 in 18 career starts against Baltimore...The Indians have been
outscored 69-45 in the first inning this season...Prior to the game, the O's
acquired infielder Omar Quintanilla from the New York Mets in exchange for
cash considerations...Nine of Baltimore's 11 hits went for extra bases...The
Orioles finished 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on
base...Cleveland went 1-for-7 with RISP and stranded nine.
07/21 00:19:36 ET