• Summary: Baltimore had a 2-1 lead in the top of the third and scored a run on Ramon Hernandez line drive that was taken away and then credited to the Orioles in the sixth in what was the highlight of the evening.
• Heroes: Corey Patterson had a two-run double, Miguel Tejada was 3-for-3 with two runs and Brian Roberts was 3-for-5 and scored twice.
• Figure this: The Orioles snapped a five-game losing streak while the Indians had their six-game win streak and five-game home win streak snapped.
• Quotable: "There's going to be a tremendous follow up with this and we'll see if we can get it figured out." -- Cleveland manager Eric Wedge.
-- ESPN.com news services
Orioles 7, Indians 4
CLEVELAND -- Score it: E-umpires. Veteran umpire Ed Montague took the blame for a run being added
to Baltimore's total three innings after it appeared to be waved
off in the Orioles' 7-4 victory over Cleveland on Saturday night. The Indians played the game under protest after Montague, the
crew chief, called the official scorer in the bottom of the sixth
to add the third-inning run which scored on a sacrifice fly. "There's going to be a tremendous follow up with this and we'll
see if we can get it figured out," Cleveland manager Eric Wedge
said. The bizarre sequence started with Baltimore leading 2-1 in the
top of the third. Nick Markakis was on third base and Miguel Tejada
on first with one out when Ramon Hernandez hit a line drive to
center field. Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore made a diving catch. Markakis
tagged up, headed for home and appeared to cross the plate before
Tejada doubled off first. Plate umpire Marvin Hudson waved off the
run. Orioles bench coach Tom Trebelhorn disputed Hudson's call before
the start of the fourth, and Hudson then conferred with Montague
and the other umpires. "We kicked it around and now I'm having a brain cramp on it,"
Montague said. "So I sent Bill (umpire Bill Miller) in, I said
'You know what, cause we're debating, you go in. Lets make it 100
percent sure."' Miller checked the rule and said the run should have counted.
Montague was vague about why it took until the sixth to make the
change, saying "it kind of went on" with the umpires conferring
with the managers. "It was my screw up and we can't go off of umpire's error," he
said. "What's right is right. We have to score the run." Montague said he couldn't remember anything like it happening
and didn't blame Wedge for his protest, which will be decided by
commissioner Bud Selig's office. Wedge protested the game because the change was not made
immediately. "I know the umpires have a tough job to do, but there is a
process and there are rules," he said. "When the next pitch is
thrown, that's it. The fact is the home plate umpire waved it off.
I've never seen runs put on the board three or four innings
later." Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said Trebelhorn alerted him that
the run should count. "I told Sammy it's never too late," Trebelhorn said. "That's
our run. I've seen runs put on the board after the game." Corey Patterson and Ramon Hernandez both had two-run doubles to
help the Orioles snap a five-game losing streak and end the
Indians' winning streak at six. The Indians took a 4-3 lead in the sixth on Jhonny Peralta's
two-run homer, but Baltimore scored twice in the eighth. Tejada
started the rally with a single off Fernando Cabrera (1-1). Jay
Payton singled with one out before a groundout moved the runners to
second and third. Patterson doubled to right on an 0-2 pitch from
Aaron Fultz. Jamie Walker (1-0) pitched one-third of an inning for the win.
Chris Ray worked the ninth for his seventh save.
Indians OF David Dellucci (sore left calf) is expected to
be in the lineup Sunday. He hasn't started a game since April 21.
... Orioles RHP Jaret Wright (sore shoulder) is expected to come
off the disabled list and start Sunday's game. ... Baltimore SS
Miguel Tejada played in his 1,104th consecutive game Saturday
night, which moved him past Joe Sewell for the sixth-longest streak
in baseball history.