Five-run seventh powers O's past Tribe
Indians blow two-run lead after Davis, Orioles score five in seventh inning
BALTIMORE – The Cleveland Indians fell to the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 on Tuesday night despite a strong outing from Justin Masterson.
Masterson (9-6, 3.76) started and countered Baltimore righty Chris Tillman (9-2, 3.72), who was seeking his fifth-straight win.
Cleveland put themselves on the board immediately as they scored in the first inning. Shortstop Mike Aviles hit a one-out single to right before Tillman surrendered a pair of back-to-back walks to second baseman Jason Kipnis and first baseman Nick Swisher to load the bases. Left fielder Michael Brantley answered with a sacrifice fly to left to score Aviles and give the Indians the 1-0 lead.
Two more crossed the dish in the fifth for Cleveland as centerfielderMichael Bourn led off with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Aviles. Cue Kipnis, who sent his 10th home run of the year deep to center, boosting the Indians to a 3-0 advantage.
Baltimore’s response came in the bottom half of the fifth as centerfielder Adam Jones and first baseman Chris Davis lined a pair of consecutive singles. With one out, shortstop J.J. Hardy tapped into a force out that scored Jones, putting the Orioles on the board 3-1.
The Orioles crafted a five-run seventh inning that led to a sudden implosion by Masterson, who had dominated through six. Jones started the inning as he was plunked by a pitch before Davis sent a four-bag shot over the right field wall for his 28th of the season. After catcher Matt Wieters drew a walk, designated hitter Chris Dickersonsingled to third and both runners advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch. The trouble continued for Masterson as he surrendered another home run to second baseman Alexi Casilla.
That ended the evening for Masterson, sealing his line at 6 1/3 innings pitched, yielding six runs on six hits, one walk and seven strikeouts as he was perfect through four. Masterson was replaced with lefty Nick Hagadone, who issued a walk before settling in to convert the final out of the inning.
That was all the Baltimore bullpen needed after Tillman exited to start the eighth as he allowed three runs on four hits, four walks and six strikeouts. Tillman gave way to reliever Troy Patton, who tossed a scoreless inning before giving way to Jim Johnson, who completed the game for the save.
Next, the Indians turn to lefty Scott Kazmir (4-4, 5.37) to counter Baltimore righty Jason Hammel (7-4, 5.30). Kazmir received the win in his last outing against Minnesota as Hammel received a no-decision in Toronto.
Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.
Every time we think Masterson is going to get on a roll, he falters- that's why he's still looking for his 10th win. I think he's a solid starter, but no more than a fringe 2 or solid 3. The question is, how much do you want to pay to extend him? That's why the development of Bauer, Carrasco, McAllister, Kluber, and Salazar is so critical to the future of the rotation- not only to develop 1+ bonafide ace(s), but also to give them options on whether to extend Masterson and for how much. While resigning Masterson is probably a solid to good idea, it would not be wise to give him top dollar, as he's really NOT a bonafide ace; Indians have to hope 1 or more come from that aforementioned group (McAllister likely not, Kluber probably not; more the other three).
With that said, the offense had the chance to score early and often against the wild Tillman, but didn't, not as much as they should, and that's been an unfortunate trend lately. I'd be curious to know what our stats are in regards to runners on 3rd base and less than 2 outs- i think that stat has to be quite poor this year, poorer than in seasons' past. The only thing that overshadowed it early was that guys were picking each other up when they failed to get that guy from 3rd with less than 2 outs, but that hasn't happened much lately. Hope we can get the last two and take this series, but very disappointing performances by Masterson and the offense tonight.
Reynolds is hard to watch. Won't be back next yr. IMO.
Lonnie is laporta. AAA hitter only. Get lindor in Akron now so he's at ss next yr sometime and cabby at 3d.
AAA is devoid of any major league hitters. Akron isn't much better.
Perez, who knows. Seems like the shelf life of a closer is a few yrs with a few rare exceptions.
Good team this yr but still a few to many holes. The horrible drafting the last 5 or more yrs is showing.
Just some thoughts.