CLEVELAND: The Indians had one three-run comeback in them Friday night at Progressive Field.
They did not have a second.
After the Indians erased a three-run deficit in the first inning, reliever Zach McAllister was knocked around in the seventh en route to a 6-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
McAllister (2-2, 4.32 ERA) entered with the score tied 3-3 and promptly surrendered a double off the left-field wall to Manny Machado. He then gave up a go-ahead double to Chris Davis and, on the next pitch, was taken deep for a two-run home run by Mark Trumbo. Quickly, the Orioles had gone up 6-3.
Francisco Lindor hit a solo home run in the eighth and the Indians loaded the bases against Darren O’Day with one out, but it wasn’t enough, as O’Day got Chris Gimenez to ground into an inning-ending double play. By then, the Orioles had already piled on McAllister to undo a night’s worth of work to make up for a rough first inning.
That rough start was abetted by Trevor Bauer, who allowed three runs in the first but followed that with five scoreless innings.
The first four Orioles (27-19) batters reached base against Bauer. Adam Jones singled, Hyun Soo Kim was hit by a pitch, Machado singled home a run and Davis was walked to load the bases with nobody out.
Bauer nearly got out of the inning with little damage, striking out Trumbo and Nolan Reimold. But Jonathan Schoop came away with the hit that hurt the most — a two-out, two-run single up the middle that put the Orioles up 3-0 before the Indians ever had a chance to bat.
From there, though, Bauer (six innings, three runs, nine hits, two walks, four strikeouts) kept a powerful Orioles offense at bay. He threw 32 pitches in the first inning, but needed only 71 more to get through the next five innings, giving the offense a chance to catch up.
Jose Ramirez and Juan Uribe started the climb in the second inning with back-to-back doubles to make it 3-1. In the fourth, Mike Napoli belted a solo home run that landed two-thirds up the stands in left field for his team-leading ninth home run of the season.
In the fifth, the Indians (25-21) tied it but could have come away with more. A walk by Gimenez, a single by Rajai Davis and walk by Carlos Santana loaded the bases with nobody out against Orioles starter Mike Wright.
After Jason Kipnis struck out, Lindor tied it with a sacrifice fly deep enough to right field to get Gimenez home. Napoli then popped out. It was enough to tie it, but nothing more.
And, as it turned out, the Indians needed another three-run comeback two innings later.
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