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Indians offense manages just two hits in 4-1 loss

By August Fagerstrom Published: August 17, 2014

Back-to-back hits by Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis in the fourth inning were all the Cleveland offense could muster in a 4-1 loss at home against Baltimore on Sunday.

The Orioles matched that hit total in home runs alone.

Baltimore outhit Cleveland 12-2 to avoid a three-game sweep in the rubber match of the series.

The Indians actually got on the board first. Carlos Santana gave the Indians their first hit in the fourth inning with an opposite field double and Jason Kipnis followed him up with a bloop single that dropped in shallow right center field, scoring Santana.

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The Indians (62-61) only had two more baserunners the rest of the game, a walk by Michael Bourn in the fifth inning and a walk by Santana in the ninth.

Danny Salazar was recalled from Triple-A Columbus prior to the game to make the start. He cruised through the first two innings on just 24 pitches, getting two strikeouts. Chris Daivs led off the third inning with a double, but Jason Kipnis helped his pitcher out with a slick jumping catch on a line drive, doubling Davis off second.

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Salazar was smooth sailing through the next couple innings before running into trouble in the sixth. Salazar allowed a leadoff double to Steve Pearce before hitting the next batter in Adam Jones. He was removed from the game after 91 pitches, making his outing a little short for manager Terry Francona's liking, but was still effective.

“His pitch count was fairly high, but I thought he threw the ball pretty well," Francona said. “I think Danny’s in a good position moving forward. You can always learn, and I do think with Danny learning the league is probably every bit as important as some of the other things."

Scott Atchison came in to relieve Salazar with two on and no outs and retired the first two batters he saw. He then got J.J. Hardy down to his last strike before Hardy singled to right field, tying the score at 1-1. The next batter, Davis, also got down to two strikes before flipping a double down the left field line to give the Orioles the lead.

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Solo home runs by Pearce in the seventh and Johnathon Schoop in the ninth padded the Orioles lead.

Orioles starter Kevin Gausman struggled with his command, especially early, but the Indians were never able to take advantage. He earned the win, allowing one earned run in six innings on two hits and four walks. He struck out two.

Salazar took the loss, allowing two earned runs in five innings on four hits and a walk. He struck out four.

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