BALTIMORE (AP) ― The Cleveland Indians came to Camden Yards mired in a five-game losing streak. Worried that his players might switch into panic mode, manager Manny Acta called a team meeting to remind them that things can change in a hurry.
His words rang true. Cleveland won three of four from the Orioles, including a 6-2 victory Sunday that provided an uplifting finish to a 4-6 road trip.
Justin Masterson pitched seven innings of five-hit ball, Shelley Duncan homered and hit two doubles, and Aaron Cunningham contributed a solo shot. Cleveland totaled 55 hits in the four games, including eight for extra bases in the finale.
“A nice bounce back to finish a road trip that started in such an ugly way,” Acta said.
The Indians lost two of three in Houston and were swept in three games by the Yankees before bullying the skidding Orioles.
“Being able to finish by winning three of four boosts the boys as we head back home, finally,” Masterson said.
Indians outfielder Aaron Cunningham (left) celebrates his home run with teammate Choo Shin-soo on Sunday. (AFP-Yonhap News)
Masterson (5-7) retired the first 12 batters he faced and earned his first road win in four tries since May 3. The right-hander gave up two runs, one earned, struck out seven and walked none.
“Masterson was dominant the majority of the game,” Acta said. “He was in command all day. He was able to throw that four-seam by guys whenever he wanted to at 95 or 96. Never a doubt.”
Jim Thome went 0 for 4 in his Baltimore debut. Acquired Saturday in a trade with Philadelphia, the 41-year-old slugger struck out twice and grounded out twice against the team with which he broke into the majors in 1991.
Miami 5, Philadelphia 2
Washington 8, Atlanta 4
Detroit 5, Tampa Bay 3
NY Yankees 4, Chicago 2
Milwaukee 2, Arizona 1
Minnesota 10, Kansas City 8
St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 4
Chicago Cubs 3, Houston 0
LA Angels 10, Toronto 6
San Diego 2, Colorado 0
San Francisco 4, Cincinnati 3
Boston 2, Seattle 1
Oakland 3, Texas 1
LA Dodgers 8, NY Mets 3