O’s collect just six hits as road woes continue
INDIANS 2, ORIOLES 1
CLEVELAND — Baltimore Orioles Manager Buck Showalter didn’t intend to use the elements as an excuse to explain his team’s 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, but he was quick to point out the obstacles righthander Ubaldo Jimenez faced on a dry, blustery day at Progressive Field as well as his hitters’ struggles with shadows as the game progressed following a late-afternoon start.
The results, however, were muchof the same for the inconsistent Orioles offense, which failed to capitalize on Jimenez’s ability to work his way out of trouble in every inning, giving up just one run despite allowing 12 base runners and tying a career high with six walks in five innings.
The Orioles (25-30) must now win Sunday’s series finale to avoid losing three straight series for the first time this season. They are 2-4 on their two-city, seven-game trip to Houston and Cleveland (27-28) and fell to 10-18 on the road this season.
Their only run came on Manny Machado’s homer in the third inning, but otherwise Indians righthander Danny Salazar (6-1) didn’t allow much, striking out 10 and walking one over seven innings.
“One of those days when you knew runs were going to be at a minimum because Salazar is tough and the shadows and a lot of challenges that pitchers and hitters faced today,” Showalter said of the afternoon game. “They did a better job handling it.”
Despite battling his control throughout, Jimenez worked his way out of trouble almost every inning. Nick Swisher’s two-out single in the third tied the score at 1.
Brach (3-2), making his first appearance since allowing three runs in two-thirds of an inning Monday in Houston, retired the first two batters he faced in the sixth but then walked Kipnis. Santana laced a 94-mph first-pitch fastball into the right field corner, allowing Kipnis to score from first.
Jimenez— whohas received 3.3 runs of support per start, the most of any Orioles starter— didn’t get much backing Saturday as Baltimore finished with just six hits.
The Orioles put the leadoffman on base in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings but couldn’t take advantage.