Tribe bats quiet in loss to Orioles
CLEVELAND (AP) — Dylan Bundy kept Cleveland’s lineup in check — and in the ballpark — for 5 2/3 innings and Jonathan Villar hit a three-run homer as the Baltimore Orioles ended a three-game slide Friday night by beating the Indians 5-1.
Bundy (2-5) cooled off the Indians, who scored a season-high 14 runs in Thursday’s series opener and had scored 23 times in the past two games. The right-hander, who has had a problem giving up homers, didn’t allow an earned run on three hits. He struck out seven and threw a season-high 118 pitches.
Villar connected in the third inning off Jefry Rodriguez (1-3) and Stevie Wilkerson homered in the fifth to help the Orioles win for just the second time in nine games.
Wilkerson added an RBI double in the eighth, and the Orioles racked up a season-high seven extra-base hits — two homers, five doubles.
Bundy improved to 4-1 in six career appearances against Cleveland. The 26-year-old had the Indians off-balance while managing to work around some trouble in the third, fifth and sixth innings.
After the Indians put two runners on with two outs on the sixth, he was replaced by Branden Kline, who retired Leonys Martin on a grounder. Shawn Armstrong and Mychal Given completed the combined three-hitter.
Bundy had a nasty habit of giving up home runs. He had allowed 11 coming in after being touched for an AL-high 41 homers last season.
It was a disappointing performance by the Indians, who had been showing signs of emerging from an April-May slump. But they couldn’t figure out Bundy, who came in with a 5.31 ERA — just below Baltimore’s MLB-worst 5.66 ERA.
Villar’s fifth homer barely cleared the wall in right, but it went far enough to give the Orioles a 3-1 lead.
Rio Ruiz doubled leading off and Austin Wynns singled before Villar hit a 1-0 pitch from Rodriguez, who made his first career start against the Orioles while he was with the Washington Nationals last season.
Indians: C Robert Perez sustained a nasty bruise on the inside of his right knee when he got hit by a foul tip in the second inning of Thursday’s win. Perez said his leg stiffened and he nearly came out. “I know there’s a pad there, but he was hurting,” manager Terry Francona said. Perez wasn’t scheduled to play as Kevin Plawecki was behind the plate Friday.
Orioles: LHP John Means (5-3, 2.33) has won his last two starts, allowing just two runs and seven hits in 13 innings against the Red Sox and Angels.
Indians: RHP Adam Plutko will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus and make his season debut. He was optioned to the minors during training camp in March and then placed on the injured list with a forearm strain. Plutko was with Cleveland for six different stints last season.