Indians Beat Orioles; Perez, Cabrera Named All-Stars
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Indians went 1-and-5 to start their 10-game road trip, but they turned it around in Baltimore, taking three of four games, including Sunday’s 6-2 win over the Orioles.
Shelly Duncan put the Tribe on top with a solo home run in the first inning, while Aaron Cunningham broke out of his season-long slump with a solo shot to the left in the third.
But Duncan wasn’t done. He ripped a double over the bag in the fourth inning, scoring Jose Lopez to put the Tribe up 3-0.
Justin Masterson struck out seven Orioles in seven innings, allowing just two runs.
Indians won the game, 6-2, and the series.
Meanwhile, Indians’ closer Chris Perez and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera are heading to Kansas City next week to play for the American League All-Star team. The trip will be the second-straight All-Star appearance for both players.
Cabrera, 26, leads all AL shortstops in batting average. He’s hitting .298 with 18 doubles, 1 triple, 11 home runs and 40 RBI in 68 games in 2012.
Perez, who turned 27 on Sunday, is tied for the Major League lead with 23 saves in 24 chances. This year, he’s posted record of 0-1 with a 2.76 ERA in 31 relief appearances.
The 83rd All-Star Game will air on FOX 8 on Tuesday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m.
– Fox 8 Sports producer Nick Kovach contributed to this report.