BALTIMORE -- A three-RBI night by Austin Jackson gave Indians starter Mike Clevinger just enough cushion to go a solid five innings, as the Indians secured a series victory with a 6-3 win over the Orioles on Thursday night at Camden Yards.Clevinger, who was recalled from Triple-A Columbus prior to
BALTIMORE -- A three-RBI night by Austin Jackson gave Indians starter Mike Clevinger just enough cushion to go a solid five innings, as the Indians secured a series victory with a 6-3 win over the Orioles on Thursday night at Camden Yards.
Clevinger, who was recalled from Triple-A Columbus prior to Thursday's game, was charged with two runs on six hits while throwing 100 pitches. After Clevinger's exit, the Indians' bullpen shut the Orioles down, allowing just three hits in the final four innings.
"I was feeling too good at first," Clevinger said. "It was almost like I was flying open because everything felt really fluid and everything was moving pretty quick toward the plate. Then once I finally kind of reset and calmed down after the second, I … kind of like collected myself and I'm glad I got through."
Jackson sparked the Indians in the second inning with an RBI triple to right-center field to tie the game after Orioles right fielder Seth Smith launched his sixth career leadoff home run. Yan Gomes added an RBI single in the second, and Jackson delivered a tiebreaking two-run single in the third off Orioles starter Wade Miley, who was charged with four runs on eight hits over five-plus innings.
"We kept coming at [Miley]," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I mean, both pitchers the pitch count was pretty high. … We had been in their bullpen, and so in a four-game series, you feel like if you can get in there, it gives you a better chance."
In the sixth, Erik Gonzalez sent a solo shot to left-center field off Orioles reliever Richard Bleier for the Indians' fifth run of the night, giving Baltimore its 19th consecutive game with at least five runs allowed. The modern era MLB record for consecutive games with at least five runs allowed is 20 by the 1924 Phillies.
"It's depressing, but it's part of the deal. It's part of the game," Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo said. "There's not a single person that has any sympathy for us, and I get it. Tomorrow's a new day. It's cliche, but it's the truth. We keep fighting. That's our job. [We] take pride in it."
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Jackson delivers: With the bases loaded, two outs and the game tied at 2 in the third, Jackson delivered a 95.2-mph single, according to Statcast™, to left that scored both Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion. Jackson ended the night going 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
"Austin's had such a good road trip," Francona said. "Not just hits, but driving in runs and hitting the balls in the gap. You can see how much fun he's having." More >
Easy as 1-2-3: In a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second inning, Clevinger forced Smith to send a slow chopper back to the mound. Clevinger fired home and Gomes threw to first to get Smith, turning the 1-2-3 double play to escape major trouble.
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"He competed like crazy, and it would've been easy to give up like six and he didn't," Francona said. "So I hope he can take that out of that."
In the bottom of the first inning, Clevinger attempted to pick off Manny Machado at first base and Machado was ruled safe, but Cleveland wanted another look at it. After a replay review, it was determined that the ruling on the field stands.
Indians: The Tribe will head back to Cleveland to kick off a seven-game homestand, starting with the Minnesota Twins on Friday. Right-hander Trevor Bauer will take the mound coming off a win over the Twins in his last start. He is 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA in three starts against Minnesota this season. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. ET.
Orioles: Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound as the struggling Orioles hope to rebound in St. Petersburg against the Rays in Friday's 7:10 p.m. ET opener. Jimenez has gone back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen this season, most recently allowing two runs over a seven-inning start in an 8-5 win over the Cardinals on Sunday.
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Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Indians on Thursday.
Joshua Needelman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Thursday.