Indians Get 19 Hits, Crush Baltimore Orioles 11-5
BALTIMORE — There was a power surge at Camden Yards and the Indians were a big reason for it.
The Indians offense scattered a season-high 19 hits across the park to take a lead in the series after an 11-5 victory. Shin-Soo Choo warmed things up early for the Tribe, scoring the first run of the game off of a Jose Lopez single. Choo then hit a solo home run in the second inning to give the Tribe a 2-0 lead. Choo scored 4 runs in the game and went 4 for 5 with 3 RBI.
It didn’t seem to matter who the Orioles sent to the mound, Cleveland would have their way. Dana Eveland started the game for Baltimore, but only lasted 3.2 innings after giving up 6 hits and 5 earned runs. Tommy Hunter came in for relief, but could not slow down the Indians stride. In the 1.2 innings Hunter pitched, he gave up 8 hits and 5 earned runs as well.
The offensive surges came from unusual places Saturday night. Lopez brought back to the lineup in the absence of Lonnie Chisenhall, who was placed on the 15-Day disabled list. Lopez went 5 for 6 with 3 RBI and Lou Marson, who’s been playing in the absence of Carlos Santana, shined with 3 runs scored, 1 RBI and went 4 for 5 at the plate.
Indians starter Josh Tomlin gave up 7 hits and 5 runs in 6 innings, but had plenty of run support and relief support. Esmil Rogers, Vinny Pestano and Tony Sipp all came in and pitched hitless innings.
The final game of the series concludes Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Justin Masterson (4-7) will take the mound for Cleveland and Brian Matusz (5-9) will get the start for Baltimore.
FOX 8 Sports Intern Gabe Kramer contributed to this report.