Reimold’s HR helps Orioles beat Indians 5-3 for 3-game sweep
BALTIMORE — Pinch-hitter Nolan Reimold hit a game-winning, two-out homer in the ninth inning after Pedro Alvarez reached on a strikeout, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Cody Allen (2-4) began the ninth by striking out Alvarez, but the ball eluded catcher Roberto Perez. After fielding the bouncing ball off the backstop, Perez hit Alvarez in the helmet with the throw for an error.
A sacrifice bunt and a strikeout followed before Reimold lined a 2-0 pitch into the left-field seats.
Jonathan Schoop also homered for the AL East-leading Orioles, who won the season series from Cleveland 5-1 and improved their home record to 36-14.
Activated from the disabled list before the game, Darren O’Day (7-1) struck out the side in the ninth.
Filling a void at the end of the Baltimore rotation, Vance Worley allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. Making his fourth start, the right-hander retired the final 11 batters he faced in his longest outing since September 2014, with Pittsburgh against Milwaukee.
Worley left with a 3-2 lead, but All-Star reliever Brad Brach promptly allowed an unearned run in the eighth. After Schoop fumbled a grounder to second base, Mike Napoli snapped an 0-for-11 skid with an RBI single.
Cleveland starter Corey Kluber gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out eight,
The Indians went up 2-0 in the fourth on an RBI double by Tyler Naquin and a sacrifice fly by Perez, who earlier got his first hit in 17 at-bats this season.
Baltimore tied it in the bottom half, courtesy of an overturned call following a challenge by the Orioles. After Manny Machado singled in a run, Alvarez hit into an apparent inning-ending double play with runners on the corners. But he earned an RBI after a replay review showed he was safe at first base.
After hitting a double and scoring Baltimore’s first run in the fourth inning, Schoop delivered a solo shot in the fifth for a 3-2 lead. It was his career-high 17th home run, eclipsing the 16 he hit in 2014.