CLEVELAND (AP)—John McDonald has made a point of not looking at the scoreboard when he steps into the batter’s box.
Given that he was hitting .107 going into Monday’s game, that’s understandable. Things are looking up, however, after a 4-for-4 performance in the Cleveland Indians’ 14-0 blowout of the Baltimore Orioles.
Jake Westbrook pitched his first major league shutout as the Indians won their fourth straight game.
“I don’t want to see that I’m barely hitting .100 and if I get a hit, I might be hitting .120,” McDonald said. “That’s not a good thing to look at.”
McDonald’s career day raised his average to .219.
Westbrook (6-2) pitched a four-hitter for his first shutout in 43 career starts. He struck out four and walked two in his third career complete game.
“It means a lot,” Westbrook said. “Any first you get in the majors is pretty special. It’s very, very nice.”
Westbrook has won three of his last four starts and hasn’t lost since May 22. His 2.70 ERA is the lowest among AL starting pitchers.
The Indians, who have won eight out of 10, moved to within a game of .500 at 30-31.
Meanwhile, the Orioles are moving in the opposite direction, having lost six of their last nine games.
Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli held a team meeting after Sunday’s 7-3 loss to San Francisco, but he didn’t meet with his players Monday.
“What am I going to say to them?” he asked. “They must be frustrated. I hope they are after a game like that.”
The game was a makeup from a May 2 rainout at Jacobs Field, but the circumstances were tougher on the Orioles. They flew in from Baltimore on Sunday night on their way to Los Angeles, where they begin a three-game series Tuesday.
The Indians made matters even tougher on the Orioles by scoring seven runs in the third—their biggest inning of the season—and six more in the fifth.
“The seven runs made me feel more relaxed and to get another six was great,” said Westbrook.
All the third-inning runs came with two outs. Blake’s two-run single, and two-run doubles by Merloni and Laker highlighted the big inning. McDonald added an RBI single.
“I don’t know how many hits they got in a row,” said Mazzilli. “It was bang, bang, bang.”
Eric DuBose (4-5) was charged with eight runs in 2 2-3 innings. He gave up six hits and walked four.
The Indians roughed up Rick Bauer for six runs in the fifth.
“Everything I threw got hit,” Bauer said. “I just stink.”
Indians catcher Victor Martinez, who missed three games because of a sprained right foot, started at designated hitter. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a second-inning double.
Indians manager Eric Wedge expects Martinez to catch Tuesday night againstthe New York Mets.
The Indians are expected to option C Sandy Martinez to Triple-A Buffalo before Tuesday’s game. OFs Raul Gonazlez, Mark Little or Russell Branyan could be recalled. … Going into the game, the Indians were 4-15 against left-handed starters. … Starting with Tuesday’s game at the Mets, the Indians will play 16 of 19 on the road. The next six games will be against National League teams and Cleveland pitchers took batting practice during the homestand. … Orioles OF Jay Gibbons (back spasms) was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game. He started as the designated hitter and was 0-for-3. … Melvin Mora, who didn’t start for the first time this season Sunday, was back at third basefor Baltimore.