Indians 5, Orioles 2

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BALTIMORE -- Michael Brantley tied a career-high with four RBIs, giving Cleveland the lead with a two-run single in the sixth and later adding a two-run homer as the Indians scored a 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles Monday night at Camden Yards.

Brantley finished 2-for-4 as the Indians (39-36) won for the fifth time in six games and handed the Orioles (42-35) a fourth consecutive defeat.

The Indians bounced back after Baltimore took an early 2-0 lead. They turned things around with a three-run sixth inning against Orioles starter Zach Britton (1-2), who had limited Cleveland to just two hits in the first five innings.

In the sixth, the first five Orioles batters reached base. Jason Kipnis started things with a lead-off double and scored when Nick Swisher followed with a single to center.

Carlos Santana doubled him to third, and Britton intentionally walked former Oriole Mark Reynolds to load the bases. Brantley then ripped a shot back through the box for a two-run single to center that gave the Indians the lead for good at 3-2.

Brantley helped bring in two more runs in the eighth against Darren O'Day. Reynolds led off with a single, and Brantley then homered to right-center. That scored Brantley and pinch-runner John McDonald for a 5-2 lead.

Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4) gave up two runs and scattered eight hits over 5 1/3 innings, escaping some early jams, and the Cleveland bullpen took care of the rest.

Rich Hill, Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith combined for 2 2/3 shutout innings in relief before Vinnie Pestano closed it in the ninth for his fourth save. The Orioles made it interesting in the ninth when Ryan Flaherty walked and Nate McLouth singled to bring up the tying run. But shortstop Mike Aviles made a leaping catch of a Manny Machado liner to end it.

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the first when Nick Markakis homered off Jimenez. Markakis crushed a 1-1 pitch over the fence in center.

Baltimore missed on other chances to add to its lead early in the game. The Orioles left the bases loaded in the second and stranded two more in the third inning. They did force Jimenez to throw 62 pitches to get through those first three frames, however.

In the fourth inning, the Orioles finally broke through again when Matt Wieters led off with a home run off Jimenez for a 2-0 lead. He lined a shot to center that sailed to nearly the same spot as the Markakis homer three innings before.

NOTES: The Orioles optioned right-hander Freddy Garcia to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled rookie pitcher Kevin Gausman. Garcia got roughed up Sunday in Toronto, giving up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. He was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) with the Orioles and found lots of problems with consistency. The Orioles picked Gausman in the first round of last year's draft, and he went 0-3 in five starts earlier this season...Markakis' first-inning home run was his first round-tripper since May 31 against the Tigers...The Indians recalled left-hander T.J. House and optioned right-hander Carlos Carrasco before the game. House's first appearance will be his major league debut...Drew Stubbs of Cleveland extended his hitting streak to six games when he singled in the third inning.
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