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CLEVELAND -- After losing to them 11 straight times, the Cleveland Browns finally found a way to beat the Baltimore Ravens.

One week after dropping three passes and muffing a punt in Kansas City, Davone Bess caught two touchdown passes Sunday to help the Cleveland Browns beat their AFC North rivals 24-18.

Joe Flacco threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Marlon Brown with 12:09 left and then threw a pass to Brown on a two-point conversion to turn a 21-10 Ravens' deficit into a three-point game.

The Browns forced the Ravens to punt with 6:50 to play and then took 6:30 off the clock before Billy Cundiff kicked a 22-yard field goal. A fourth-and-one pass to Bess from the Ravens 43 with 3:12 left kept the drive alive.

The victory ended a losing streak against the Ravens dating back to 2007 when the Browns beat Baltimore twice. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski was the offensive coordinator of the Browns six seasons ago.

"I don't know if you can call it a rivalry when you don't win some games," said Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, a rookie in the 2007 team. "This was a great win for us. We beat a good team today."

The Browns are the only team in the AFC North to win this weekend. They head into their bye with a 4-5 record. The Ravens are 3-5. They have lost three straight and four of their last five games.

"We've been putting together good practices all week and it's not translating into games," Ravens center A.O. Shipley said.

The Browns got on the board first on their second possession of the game. A drive that started on the Browns 20 moved to the Ravens 1 where the Browns faced fourth-and-one. After calling timeout, Chudzinski decided to go for it. Jason Campbell threw a quick pass to Bess just across the goal line on the right side. Lardarius Webb hit Bess hard in the back, but Bess held on for his first touchdown catch with the Browns.

Campbell was knocked out of the game temporarily with a rib injury, but he returned at the start of the second quarter and engineered another drive that ended with a touchdown catch by Bess. Bess caught the ball around the Baltimore 12 and faked out Webb then ran to the right to finish off the play and give the Browns a 14-3 lead with 10:08 left in the second quarter.

"Jason was hurting out there and he was able to keep fighting and make huge plays," Chudzinski said.

The Browns' control of the game slipped away in the final minute of the first half. Torrey Smith got behind cornerback Joe Haden and caught a pass from Flacco for a 46-yard gain to the Browns 20 with 19 seconds left in the period. Two plays later, Flacco cut the lead to 14-10 on a 19-yard pass to Brown.

"We couldn't keep (Campbell) corralled in the pocket like we needed to," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We did not play well enough to win, and that's what we need to do a better job of."

A 4-yard touchdown pass from Campbell to Gary Barnidge with 5:16 left in the third quarter expanded the Browns' lead to 21-10.

NOTES: Defensive end Billy Winn was active for the Browns Sunday. He missed five straight games with a quadriceps injury. ... Bowns defensive tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen was a healthy scratch. He had 19 tackles in the first eight games. ... Jameel McClain replaced Josh Bynes as the starting inside linebacker for the Ravens. ... Wide receiver Brandon Stokely was inactive with a thigh injury. He has nine catches this season.
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