CLEVELAND -- Ubaldo Jimenez pitched six strong innings, and the Cleveland Indians survived a near ninth-inning meltdown by closer Chris Perez to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Tuesday night.
Perez, convicted earlier in the day on a misdemeanor drug charge, entered the game to start the ninth inning in a non-save situation with the Indians leading 4-0. Perez gave up singles to the first two batters he faced, Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy, and Nate McLouth followed with a three-run home run that cut the Indians' lead to 4-3.
Perez struck out the next two batters, Brian Roberts and Manny Machado, and got major league home run leader Chris Davis to ground out to end the game.
Jimenez (10-9) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits. He struck out four and walked two. He topped his win total from last year, when he led the American League in losses during a 9-17 season.
Leading 1-0, Cleveland erupted for three runs in the sixth inning against Chris Tillman, who was bidding to become the first Orioles pitcher to win 16 games in a season since Mike Mussina won 18 in 1999.
Carlos Santana led off the sixth with a walk, and he went to third on a double by Michael Brantley. Asdrubal Cabrera's second sacrifice fly of the game drove in Santana to make it 2-0.
Jason Kubel drew an intentional walk, and Yan Gomes ripped a double off the left field wall, scoring both runners and stretching the Cleveland lead to 4-0.
Tillman (15-5) gave up four runs on five hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three.
The Indians have struggled to score runs lately, having been held to three runs or fewer in eight of their previous 11 games. But they scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning without the benefit of a hit.
Tillman walked the first two batters of the inning, Jason Kipnis and Santana. A sacrifice bunt by Brantley moved the runners to second and third, and a sacrifice fly by Cabrera scored Kipnis.
NOTES: Before the game, the Orioles recalled INF Jonathan Schoop, OF Henry Urrutia and RHP Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk and INF Ryan Flaherty from Class A Frederick. ... Baltimore LHP Zach Britton, who was recalled from Norfolk on Monday, will start Wednesday's game. It will be his first start for the Orioles since July 9. ... Cleveland RHP Justin Masterson, who left Monday's game in the second inning, has been diagnosed with a strained oblique. Manager Terry Francona said Masterson, the Indians' winningest pitcher this season with a 14-10 record, will miss at least one start. ... Cleveland activated OF Ryan Raburn from the disabled list before the game. He had been out since Aug. 19 due to soreness in his right calf and left heel.