CLEVELAND -- Manny Machado collected four hits and Mark Trumbo launched a critical home run for the Orioles, holding off a late Indians rally in a 6-4 victory Friday night in the opener of a three-game weekend set at Progressive Field.After Cleveland clawed back from an early three-run deficit --
CLEVELAND -- Manny Machado collected four hits and Mark Trumbo launched a critical home run for the Orioles, holding off a late Indians rally in a 6-4 victory Friday night in the opener of a three-game weekend set at Progressive Field.
After Cleveland clawed back from an early three-run deficit -- thanks in part to a towering home run by Mike Napoli in the fourth -- Baltimore used a three-run outburst in the seventh to pull away with the win. Reliever Dylan Bundy earned the victory, his first in the big leagues. Facing Tribe reliever Zach McAllister, Machado doubled and scored on a double by Chris Davis, and then Trumbo belted a two-run shot down the right-field line.
Trumbo's home run was his American League-leading 15th as the Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak. Orioles starter Mike Wright walked away with a no-decision after giving up three runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. In the fourth, Wright allowed a solo home run to Napoli, whose blast had an exit velocity of 109 mph and traveled 442 feet to the left-field bleachers.
Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer spotted Baltimore three runs in the first inning, which included an RBI single from Machado and a two-run single by Jonathan Schoop. The starter then settled in and gave the Tribe six innings, in which he scattered nine hits and ended with four strikeouts and two walks.
"We've seen him do that before," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Bauer. "He'll give up some runs early, but then you'll look up and he's still out there pitching. … We fought back to get it tied -- feel a heck of a lot better about the game -- and then Zach came in and he just left balls middle-out. You can't let those big strong guys get extended like that."
Francisco Lindor homered and Jose Ramirez delivered four hits in the loss for the Tribe.
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Leadoff experiment: Orioles manager Buck Showalter elected to bat center fielder Adam Jones in the leadoff spot in the opener. It was the first time Jones had batted leadoff since May 6, 2010. On Friday, it worked to perfection out of the gate. Jones singled up the middle and later scored on an RBI single by Machado. In fact, the first four batters that inning reached, helping Baltimore jump out to an early 3-0 lead.
"The problem when you do something like that as a manager is, what are you going to do if he's 0-for-5 tomorrow with five punchouts?" Showalter said. "Things like that, you can only do if you trust good players." More >
Pulling even: An RBI double by Juan Uribe in the second, combined with Napoli's blast in the fourth, helped Cleveland chop away at Baltimore's lead. With the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, Lindor pulled the game into a 3-3 tie during an impressive battle with Wright. After falling into an 0-2 hole, Lindor fought to a full count before driving the ninth pitch to right field for a game-tying sacrifice fly.
"We had a couple real good opportunities," said Francona, whose team went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. "[Lindor] had a really good at-bat and you could tell, because he hadn't swung the bat real good up to that point, but he had that long at-bat and you see him hit the home run later. Those kind of at-bats not only help your ball club, but help you personally. We didn't do enough with the couple opportunities we had."
Fastball feast: The Orioles took advantage of a favorable matchup in the seventh against McAllister, who entered Friday having thrown 82.6-percent four-seam fastballs. Baltimore entered Friday with a .312 average (third best in the Majors) against four-seamers this year. The result was as expected, as the Orioles scored three runs on three extra-base hits, including the two-run blast by Trumbo.
"I hit that thing pretty hard," Trumbo said. "This is a tough ballpark to get them out sometimes. It can play pretty big. At that point of time it was really timely, it worked out well."
Comeback falls short: Lindor opened the eighth inning with a homer off Orioles sidearmer Darren O'Day, trimming the Tribe's deficit to two runs. Napoli followed with a walk, Ramirez doubled and Lonnie Chisenhall was later issued a one-out intentional walk to load the bases. Chris Gimenez then grounded a pitch to Schoop, who made a slick grab to start an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
"[Gimenez] probably had our best at-bat," Francona said. "He hit that ball. He went the other way, which you about have to with [O'Day]. He hit a line. That's a nice play. He had a really good at-bat."
"I threw more breaking balls than I have in the past. I thought they were good pitches. And then, when I threw my fastball, sometimes they were elevated too much, and too much plate. The fastballs cost me today." -- McAllister
Orioles: Former Indians right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (2-5, 6.04 ERA) will be making his 10th start when he takes the hill Saturday at 4:10 p.m ET. Jimenez has struggled as of late, surrendering 17 runs in 15 innings of work over his last three starts. In that span, he has struck out nine and walked 11 batters.
Indians: Cleveland will send right-hander Danny Salazar (4-3, 2.32 ERA) to the hill for Saturday's affair with Baltimore. After posting a 1.33 ERA in a four-start stretch, Salazar had a slight setback in his last outing. On Sunday in Boston, the Red Sox worked Salazar's pitch count to 109 and chased him after just 4 1/3 innings, in which he gave up four runs on eight hits.
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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland.