• Summary: Fausto Carmona pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and a run for his second straight victory. Travis Hafner went 2-for-4 with a run at Jacobs Field, where he was 1-for-25 this season.
• Rude welcome: Ex-Indians pitcher Jaret Wright loses his first career start against the Indians as he allowed four hits and three earned runs over three innings. Wright pitched for Cleveland from 1997-2002.
• Opposite directions: The Orioles have lost six of their last seven games while the Indians have won seven of their last eight games.
• Quotable: "Fausto really stepped up in the situation. Today, he slowed himself down, checked himself. He did a good job." -- Indians manager Eric Wedge, on Fausto Carmona.
-- ESPN.com news services
Indians 6, Orioles 1
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Slower proved to be better for Fausto Carmona. Carmona (2-1) pitched into the ninth inning for the first time
and Casey Blake homered to help the Cleveland Indians beat the
Baltimore Orioles 6-1 Sunday. The win came less than 24 hours after the Indians officially
protested the 7-4 loss that ended their six-game winning streak
because the Orioles were given a run three innings after it had
been waved off by the umpires. "That was a great performance by Fausto," said Indians manager
Eric Wedge, who has to tell the young right-hander he's headed back
to the minors. Wedge put Carmona into the starting rotation when left-hander
Cliff Lee strained an abdominal muscle in spring training. Lee is
due back this week. "Fausto really stepped up in the situation," Wedge said.
"Today, he slowed himself down, checked himself. He did a good
job." Orioles starter Jaret Wright (0-3) may be headed back to the DL.
The right-hander was activated before the game, gave up three runs
in three innings, and said he felt discomfort in his shoulder. "It doesn't feel too good," Wright said. "I tried to get
through it. It hurts, basically. It felt bad and kept getting
worse. We'll give it 24 hours and come up with a plan." Wedge could use a plan to try and keep Carmona in Cleveland's
crowded rotation. "We're not going to make any decisions today," Wedge said.
"One way or another, it's a very tough situation and you want to
give it as much time as humanly possible." Carmona gave up six hits, walked two and struck out one in a
career-best 8 1-3 innings. He had a shutout into the ninth when
Aubrey Huff hit his 100th pitch over the wall in right with one
out. After Jay Gibbons singled, Rafael Betancourt replaced Carmona
and got the last two outs. "I wanted to finish," Carmona said through first-base coach
Luis Rivera, who served as interpreter for the 23-year-old
Dominican. "I didn't think about a shutout, or about maybe the
minors." Carmona got 18 outs on ground balls, one a spectacular play by
second baseman Josh Barfield in the first inning. Ranging behind
the bag to field a sharp bouncer hit by Miguel Tejada, Barfield
leaped in the air, turned and threw to first for the out. Carmona issued his only two walks with two outs in the eighth.
After a visit by pitching coach Carl Willis, the right-hander got
Nick Markakis to ground out on the next pitch. "When he had to make a pitch, he kept it down and got a ground
ball," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. "He pitched a great
game." It was Carmona's second straight win after taking 11 straight
losses. He won his major league debut against Detroit on April 15,
2006, then went 39 appearances, including nine starts, before
defeating Minnesota on Tuesday. Wright, sidelined since experiencing shoulder soreness April 10
against Detroit, walked the first two batters he faced. After
Travis Hafner was called out on strikes, Victor Martinez lined a
two-run single to right for a 2-0 lead. Blake hit his second homer of the season with one out in the
second to make it 3-0. It was Wright's first career appearance against the Indians, who
drafted him in the first round in 1994. The right-hander was called
up in 1997 and went 8-3 to help Cleveland reach the World Series.
He went 33-32 for Cleveland from 1997 through 2002, but went on the
disabled list three separate times with shoulder ailments. He then pitched for San Diego, Atlanta and the New York Yankees
before being traded to Baltimore in November for right-hander Chris
Britton. Brian Burres walked three and struck out six over four hitless
innings of relief for the Orioles. Trot Nixon and Jhonny Peralta had RBI singles, and Shin-Soo Choo
hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth -- all off former Indians
right-hander Jeremy Guthrie -- to make it 6-0.
Orioles RHP Jim Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to
make room for Wright. ... The Orioles have not made an error in 15
of their last 19 games. ... It was only the second time in 25 games
the Orioles did not get at least one double. ... Hafner hit two
singles to improve his average to .103 (3-for-29) at Jacobs Field.
He's batting .488 in road games.