Baltimore 4, Cleveland 3

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, July 22, 2012 3:05 PM
Location - Progressive Field
Temperature - 82°
Umpires - Home Plate - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Jerry Layne,
Attendance - 28049

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Baltimore 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 11 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 8 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Baltimore 51-44 23-22 28-22 W5
Cleveland 47-48 24-24 23-24 L4

Recap

Orioles 4, Indians 3: Zach Britton continued a string of strong starts for Baltimore with six scoreless innings and J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer as the visiting Orioles picked up their fifth straight win.

Hardy added an RBI single in the seventh and Wilson Betemit hit a solo homer in the eighth for Baltimore, which has gotten five quality starts in a row to jump back into second place in the American League East and remain in the thick of the wild-card race.

Britton (1-0), who was knocked around in his season debut on Tuesday, was much more effective against Cleveland, allowing four hits and striking out five while walking two. The left-hander had his sinker working and managed to induce 13 groundouts against two flyouts.

The Indians finally got on the board in the ninth, when Carlos Santana belted a two-run homer - his seventh - off Luis Ayala.

Closer Jim Johnson came on and yielded another run but got the final out with the tying run on second for his 30th save.

Britton got the bulk of his support in the first inning, when Nick Markakis led off with a single and Hardy followed by driving a 1-1 pitch just over the high wall in left field. It was the 14th blast for Hardy.

Josh Tomlin (5-7) lasted six innings for the Indians and was charged with two runs on eight hits while striking out a pair.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Baltimore RF Nick Markakis is batting .364 (16-for-44) since coming off the disabled list and being installed as the leadoff hitter after the All-Star break. … Cleveland RHP Roberto Hernandez (formerly Fausto Carmona) met with the media on Sunday and apologized to the organization and fans. The pitcher, who was found to be three years older than his previously announced birth date, was given three birthday cakes by the team.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Baltimore   Cleveland
Zach Britton Player Josh Tomlin
Win W/L Loss
6.0 IP 6.0
5 Strikeouts 2
4 Hits 8
0.00 ERA 3.00
Hitting
Baltimore   Cleveland
Wilson Betemit Player Carlos Santana
2 Hits 3
1 RBI 2
1 HR 1
5 TB 7
.500 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Baltimore 11 2 17 .314 17 5 4 1 0 0
Cleveland 8 1 13 .229 15 7 3 3 1 0

Upcoming Games

  • Cleveland will play their next game at home against Baltimore. The Indians have a W/L % of .447 after a win and .542 after a loss.
  • Baltimore will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Orioles have a W/L % of .560 after a win and .511 after a loss.