Bundy sharp as Orioles beat Indians 3-1 to end 6-game skid
BALTIMORE — Dylan Bundy pitched six innings of five-hit ball and struck out nine to secure his elusive first win of the season, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Friday night to end a six-game losing streak.
Manny Machado homered and Trey Mancini doubled in two runs for the Orioles, who were outscored 43-22 during an 0-6 trip through Boston and Detroit.
Bundy (1-2) came in with a 1.40 ERA after allowing only four earned runs in four starts while being victimized by a lack of run support. In this one, Baltimore did just enough damage against Trevor Bauer (1-2) to get Bundy his first victory since Aug. 29.
Richard Bleier worked two innings — aided by a fine defensive play by Machado at shortstop — and Darren O’Day got three outs for his first save.
After Cleveland jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Machado tied it in the fourth with his sixth home run.
Mancini put the Orioles in front in the fifth with a liner to the gap in left-center after Bauer hit a batter and gave up a single.
Bauer allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings. He retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced before Machado sent a 3-0 pitch over the center-field wall.
After Orioles catcher Chance Sisco misjudged a foul pop that landed near the Baltimore dugout, Jason Kipnis used the second chance to hit a single in the first. The Indians then loaded the bases before Bundy hit Edwin Encarnacion with a pitch to force in a run.
In the second, Cleveland’s Tyler Naquin hit a popup that landed in fair territory about 20 feet up the third base line. Fortunately for the Orioles, third baseman Tim Beckham grabbed it after it bounced foul.
But Baltimore played solid defense when it counted. With two on and two outs in the seventh, Machado made a dive deep in the hole to grab a grounder by Jose Ramirez, then used a backhand toss to get the force at second base.
Michael Brantley had two hits for the Indians, his career-high tying fifth straight multihit game.
Indians: 1B Mike Napoli will have season-ending knee surgery after getting hurt in the minors. … RHP Danny Salazar (rotator cuff tendinitis) is throwing bullpen sessions. “We’re cautiously optimistic he’s turned a corner,” manager Terry Francona said. … INF Gio Urshela (right hamstring strain) went 1 for 3 for Triple-A Columbus and is now 2 for 10 on his rehabilitation assignment.
Orioles: Mancini left in the eighth after banging his knee against the wall during a futile chase of a foul ball. … DH Mark Trumbo (right quad strain) ran Friday and said he felt “completely pain free.” Trumbo hopes to soon resume the rehabilitative assignment that was cut short earlier this month. … LHP Zach Britton (Achilles tendon) threw off a half-mound and will begin fielding drills Saturday. … 2B Jonathan Schoop (oblique) “is making good progress, little by little,” manager Buck Showalter said.
The Orioles recharged their weary bullpen by recalling LHP Tanner Scott from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning INF Engelb Vielma to the minor league club.
One month after becoming the first No. 16 seed to win a basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, the Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) squad assembled near the mound to hearty cheers before the game. Coach Ryan Odom threw the ceremonial first pitch.
Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (1-0, 2.70 ERA) pitches Saturday on seven days’ rest. Clevinger was 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two starts against Baltimore last season.
Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (0-3, 11.91) has gone 21 straight starts since his last victory on May 7, 2017.