BALTIMORE – 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.
Masterson (5-7) retired the first 12 batters he faced and earned his first road win in four tries since May 3.
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. He was acquired quired Saturday in a trade with Philadelphia.
TIGERS 5, RAYS 3: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Prince Fielder and Austin Jackson drove in runs to help Detroit pull away from a sixth-inning tie.
Left-hander Drew Smyly (3-3) pitched five solid innings, allowing three runs and three hits to get his first win since May 25.
TWINS 10, ROYALS 8: In Minneapolis, Trevor Plouffe homered twice, Josh Willingham and Drew Butera had one each and Minnesota came back from four runs down to take a big lead and then had to hang on.
ANGELS 10, BLUE JAYS 6: In Toronto, rookie Mike Trout hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, Mark Trumbo and Alberto Callaspo added two-run shots and Los Angeles spoiled Toronto’s Canada Day celebration.
RED SOX 2, MARINERS 1, 10 inn.: In Seattle, David Ortiz hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and Boston a split of the four-game series with Seattle.
ATHLETICS 3, RANGERS 1: In Arlington, Texas, Yu Darvish threw a wild pitch that allowed the tiebreaking run and lost at home for the first time with Texas. He squandered an 11-strikeout performance.