Orioles down Indians

Published 12:39 am Monday, June 8, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) — Matt Wieters hit his first home run in more than a year and Bud Norris won in his return from the disabled list as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians 7-3 Sunday.

Adam Jones also went deep to help the Orioles take two of three in the series. They have won three of four after losing five in a row.

Wieters, the All-Star catcher who returned Friday from Tommy John surgery last season, connected in the ninth for his first home run since May 1, 2014. He tripled earlier and was 5 for 12 with three RBIs in the series.

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Norris (2-4) was activated before the game after missing a month with bronchitis. He allowed one run and struck out seven in five innings to win for the first time since April 26.

Jones homered with two outs in the first. Manny Machado and Travis Snider had RBIs in a three-run fourth.

Carlos Carrasco (7-5) allowed five runs in four-plus innings, and the Indians (27-29) failed to reach .500 for the first time since they were 2-2 on April 10.

Norris allowed a run in the fourth. David Murphy doubled and scored on Brandon Moss’ double. Norris hit Nick Swisher with a pitch but retired the next three hitters.

Norris, who entered with a 9.98 ERA, made his first start since May 10. The right-hander went on the DL the following day with an illness that caused him to lose about 15 pounds.

Carrasco retired the first two hitters in the fourth before Baltimore loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. Machado’s infield hit made it 2-0. Snider blooped a single to center for two more runs.

Carrasco started the fifth, but manager Terry Francona and a trainer went to the mound after the third pitch to Wieters. Carrasco remained in the game, but was removed after Wieters tripled.


Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop (sprained right knee) is working out at the team’s spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida.

Indians: OF Michael Brantley was given the day off. He’s been dealing with a sore back since spring training. The Indians don’t play Monday and Francona wanted to give Brantley two days off in a row.


Orioles: After an off day, the Orioles open a three-game series at Camden Yards against Boston on Tuesday. RHP Miguel Gonzalez will face the Red Sox in the opener.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber will pitch Tuesday against Seattle after Monday’s day off. He struck out 13 in seven innings in a 5-3 win at Safeco Field on May 28.