May 24: Indians (24-26) 9, Orioles (24-23) 0
Behind a dominant start by Corey Kluber, the Cleveland Indians put together two big innings in the fifth and seventh frames en route to a 9-0 drubbing of the Baltimore Orioles. Kluber went seven scoreless in the win.
Both Kluber and Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez were dealing in the early going until the Indians got to the hard-throwing righty in a big way in the top half of the fifth. The first five Indians batters reached base to start the frame, knocking Jimenez completely out of the game.
Following a Carlos Santana walk and a Yan Gomes single, Justin Sellers singled home a run on a ground ball to second. Two batters later, Mike Aviles sent a run-scoring single to left.
After T.J. McFarland replaced Jimenez, things didn’t get much better for the O’s. McFarland hit the first batter he faced in Michael Brantley to allow the third run of the game to score. He then surrendered an RBI single to Lonnie Chisenhall before giving up the fifth and final run of the inning on a double-play ball off the bat of Ryan Raburn.
Kluber continued to cruise on the mound as he just surrendered five hits in his seven innings of work. He struck out nine and walked two batters in his fifth win of the year.
Right before Kluber took the mound for his seventh and final inning of work, the Indians padded their lead with four more runs. Raburn added two more runs to his credit on a sharp double to left before Santana highlighted the inning with a two-run home run to right.
With a 9-0 lead, Cleveland used relievers John Axford and Marc Rzepczynski to close out the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Axford gave up two singles and no runs, while Rzepczynski surrendered just a lead-off single to Delmon Young before closing the door in the ninth.
In the game, the O’s did have a few opportunities to get runs across the board as they had at least two runners on base in the first, fourth, fifth and eighth innings. Steve Clevenger was also thrown out at second by Brantley trying to turn a single into a double in the sixth.
Baltimore starter Jimenez finished the game with just the four innings under his belt, allowing four hits, five earned runs, walking five and striking out only three.