Talk about a role reversal. On Monday night, the Baltimore Orioles were in control against the Cleveland Indians for the fist five innings, and eventually lost 5-2. The Orioles trailed 3-1 Tuesday night after five innings, and Orioles came back to win 6-3.
In a game where starting pitcher Justin Masterson of the Indians was on the verge of going for a no-hitter, the Orioles offense led by Chris Davis had enough in the seventh inning exploding for five runs, with Davis hitting his 28th home run of the season to lead the majors. Second baseman Alexi Casilla hit a three RBI shot off of Masterson later in the seventh inning that would eventually seal the deal.
The Orioles get the much-needed win, and stop a four game skid in the process to improve their record to 43-35. The Orioles after the first two games tie the four game series set against the Indians at 1-1, delaying another opportunity for the O’s to get their first series sweep of an opponent this season, which is remarkable in itself.
Despite the win, the starting pitching for the Orioles continues to be a question mark. Starter Chris Tillman had a solid outing Tuesday night, even though he was aided by strong defensive plays in the infield by third baseman Manny Machado, and Davis at first base.
Starter Wei-Yin Chen is expected to be back soon with no time table by O’s manager Buck Showalter with the hopes of the bullpen getting the much needed rest they deserve. The team is currently are among the worst in the majors in starting pitchers in eighth inning appearances, which has happened in only eight games for the O’s this season.