The Orioles look to win consecutive games for the first time in almost two weeks Saturday when they continue their four-game series with the Indians at Camden Yards.
Baltimore’s 3-2, 10-inning win over Cleveland on Friday snapped a four-game losing streak for the Orioles (13-16) and a four-game winning streak for the AL Central-leading Indians (17-9).
“That was a big win,” Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. “We needed it.”
The victory was just the second in 11 games for Baltimore since it won four in a row from April 18-22. The other victory during that stretch was a 7-4 win at Cleveland last Saturday, which preceded the four-game losing streak.
“We can all feel sorry for ourselves. No one else is going to,” Perlozzo said. “We’ve got to go on out there and keep playing.”
Nick Markakis went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, including a game-winning single in the 10th on Friday. Jay Payton hit his first homer and scored two runs for the Orioles, who improved to 2-2 in the opener of a seven-game road trip.
Daniel Cabrera (1-3, 4.50 ERA) looks to avoid a third straight loss when he takes the ball for Baltimore on Saturday. The right-hander allowed four earned runs, four hits and a season-high six walks in five innings in Baltimore’s 8-4 loss at Detroit on Monday.
Cabrera, who led the American League with 104 walks in 2006, has issued 11 in his last two starts.
“We need to get our guys to trust their stuff and throw it over the plate,” Perlozzo said. “We have too many games with way too many walks.”
Cabrera allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings to earn the win in his only appearance against the Indians on July 2, 2005.
Baltimore will further need quality starts from its rotation with left-hander Adam Loewen expected to be out for most of the season with a stress fracture in his pitching elbow. Loewen joins starters Kris Benson and Jaret Wright on the disabled list for the Orioles.
Friday’s loss was Cleveland’s second in its last 12 games, with both coming at the hands of Baltimore.
Casey Blake’s two-run homer provided the only offense for Cleveland, which averaged almost eight runs during its four-game winning streak.
“We had our opportunities,” said Cleveland manager Eric Wedge, whose team had just six hits and went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. “We didn’t do a very good job in hitters’ counts today.”
Cleveland’s Victor Martinez went 0-for-4 Friday after going 4-for-4 in a win over Toronto on Thursday.
Cleveland will look to Jeremy Sowers (0-1, 4.40 ERA) to help bounce back when he makes his sixth start Saturday. Sowers was on the mound for Cleveland’s previous loss to the Orioles, allowing two earned runs and six hits in six innings before leaving without a decision.
The left-hander is 0-1 with an 8.38 ERA in two starts against the Orioles.
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