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Alonso muscles up against O's with 5th HR

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BALTIMORE -- In a four-game series that had no shortage of homers, it was only fitting that the difference in Monday's 2-1 Indians win over the Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards came via the long ball.

This time, it was Yonder Alonso who went deep, drilling a fastball from right-hander Kevin Gausman over the center-field wall for a two-run dinger in the second inning.

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BALTIMORE -- In a four-game series that had no shortage of homers, it was only fitting that the difference in Monday's 2-1 Indians win over the Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards came via the long ball.

This time, it was Yonder Alonso who went deep, drilling a fastball from right-hander Kevin Gausman over the center-field wall for a two-run dinger in the second inning.

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After Francisco Lindor led off the game with a walk, Gausman retired the next three Indians hitters in order. Edwin Encarnacion singled to start the second, and then Alonso belted Gausman's second offering 421 feet.

"Gausman is one of the top guys in their staff. No question about it. I think he has plus-plus stuff," Alonso said.

Alonso's fifth home run of the season left the bat with an exit velocity of 105.4 mph and a launch angle of 25 degrees, according to Statcast™. He also homered on Saturday in the Indians' 4-0 victory.

"I put a good swing," Alonso said. "I thought like, 'Alright, hopefully it gets over [Adam] Jones' head. He's such a good outfielder out there. I've seen him so many times rob it or catch it. So, I was just hoping for hopefully hitting it off the wall."

Alonso has now hit safely in three straight games and in eight of his last nine. He leads the Tribe with 13 RBIs this season.

Joshua Needelman is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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