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CLEVELAND -- Yan Gomes had three hits and two RBIs, leading the Cleveland Indians to 6-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

Cleveland took two of three games in the series, and Wednesday's victory allowed the Indians (74-65) to leapfrog the Baltimore Orioles (73-65) into fourth place in the American League wild-card standings.

Gomes singled home a run in the first inning, singled in the third and added an RBI double in the fifth inning.

Cleveland reliever Bryan Shaw (3-3) pitched a scoreless inning to get the win. Orioles reliever Kevin Gausman (2-4) gave up two runs in 2 2/3 innings to take the loss.

All the scoring took place in the first five innings.

Cleveland jumped on top with a four-run first inning, but Indians starter Zach McAllister was unable to protect the lead. Baltimore scored once in the fourth and tie the game in the fifth, but Cleveland scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to move back in front. The Indians bullpen shut down the Orioles the rest of the way.

Shaw, Chad Allen, Joe Smith and closer Chris Perez combined to retire 13 of the 14 batters they faced while pitching 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Perez picked up his 22nd save.

The Indians got off to a quick start against Baltimore's Zach Britton. Michael Bourn reached on an infield single and Nick Swisher walked to start the first. A bunt single by Jason Kipnis loaded the bases with no outs.

Britton struck out Carlos Santana, but Gomes slapped a single to right field, scoring Bourn with the first run. Asdrubal Cabrera grounded into a force play at the plate for the second out, but Ryan Raburn, in his first at-bat since coming off the disabled list, doubled to right field, scoring Kipnis and Gomes. Mike Aviles followed with a single, scoring Cabrera to make it 4-0.

McAllister held the Orioles scoreless on one hit through the first three innings, but Baltimore broke through with a run in the fourth on Adam Jones' 29th home run, cutting the Cleveland lead to 4-1.

The Orioles tied it in the fifth inning on a two-out, three-run home run by Manny Machado.

In the bottom of the fifth, Gomes doubled to drive in one run, and a second run scored on a wild pitch by Gausman.

NOTES: Orioles OF Nate McLouth's next home run will be the 100th of his career. ... Nineteen of Matt Wieters' home runs have come as a catcher. With his next home run as a catcher, Wieters would become the first Orioles backstop since Chris Hoiles (1992-93, 1996) to have three 20-homer seasons. ... Gomes hit in the No. 5 spot in the order for just the second time this season. ... Indians OF Michael Bourn needs three more stolen bases to reach 300 for his career.
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