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Kluber survives Machado as Indians beat Orioles

By PAUL HOYNES • Apr 22, 2018 at 5:54 PM

BALTIMORE — Manny Machado got the best of Corey Kluber on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards, but baseball is a game of individual competitions played in a team structure.

In other words, only the final score counts. And in that regard, Kluber and the Indians beat the Orioles, 7-3, in a game played in a rare burst of sunshine for manager Terry Francona's team.

Machado went 3-for-3 against Kluber (3-1, 1.96), with the first two hits leaving the ballpark in a hurry. But thanks to Jose Ramirez and the rest of the Tribe's semi-dormant offense, Kluber could tip his cap to Machado, while enjoying his third straight win and fifth straight quality start.

Ramirez homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Tribe offense that produced 14 hits. His second homer, a two-run drive over the right field wall in the ninth inning, turned a 4-3 lead into a runaway.

Machado gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead with a line-drive, two-out homer in the first. He hit Kluber's 2-0 pitch like he knew what was coming.

The Indians moved into the lead, 2-1, with a pair of runs in the fourth. Ramirez homered to start the inning and tie the score.

Edwin Encarnacion kept the inning going with a bloop double to right field that bounced past Anthony Santander. Encarnacion was 3-for-41 going into that at-bat.

Yonder Alonso followed with a double to the base of the right field wall for a 2-1 lead. The Indians were 1-for-29 with runners in scoring position before Alonso's double.

Machado met Kluber again in the fourth, and the result was the same as it was in the first. This time Machado homered on a 1-0 pitch to make it Indians 2, Machado 2.

Adam Jones followed Machado with a double and scored on Chris Davis' seeing-eye single through the right side of the infield despite a defensive shift for a 3-2 lead.

The Indians reclaimed the lead, 4-2, in the fifth.

Rajai Davis, a late addition to the lineup when center fielder Bradley Zimmer was scratched with a sprained right ankle, opened the inning with a four-pitch walk against Baltimore starter Andrew Cashner. He took second on a wild pitch and scored on Francisco Lindor's single to make it a 3-3 game.

Lindor was in a 2-for-22 skid before that at-bat.

Cashner (1-2, 3.60), after retiring Jason Kipnis on a liner to right, walked Ramirez and allowed a single to Michael Brantley for a 4-3 lead.

Kluber and Machado met again in the sixth, this time with two out. Kluber had Machado down in the count 0-2, but Machado still singled to make him 3-for-3 against last year's Cy Young winner.

Machado entered the game hitting .231 (3-for-13) with no homers and one RBI against Kluber.

Kluber allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter to improve to 3-1 lifetime against the Orioles.

Cashner, 0-3 against the Indians, allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings.

What it means

Ramirez has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games with six home runs and eight RBI.

The pitches

Cashner threw 112 pitches, 74 (66 percent) for strikes. Kluber threw 98 pitches, 66 (67 percent) for strikes.

Thanks for coming

The Indians and Orioles drew 27,394 to Camden Yards on Sunday. First pitch was at 1:07 p.m. with a temperature of 61 degrees.

Up next

The Indians and Orioles close their four-game series tonight when Carlos Carrasco (3-0, 2.60) faces the Orioles and right-hander Kevin Gausman (1-1, 6.60) at 7:05 p.m. SportsTime Ohio, WLKR-FM 95.3 will carry the game.

Carrasco enters tonight's game with a 9-0 record over his last 11 starts. He faced Baltimore once last year, striking out 10 in six innings in a 5-1 win.

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