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Published: Wednesday, 8/11/2010

Orioles hit 4 HRs to blast Cleveland at home

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLEVELAND - Felix Pie hit the first of four home runs by Baltimore as the Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians 14-8 Tuesday night in Buck Showalter's first road game since taking over as manager.

Jake Arrietta (4-3) allowed five earned runs over six innings to win for the first time in five starts as the Orioles improved to 7-1 with Showalter in command.

Pie's three-run drive over the center-field wall off Justin Masterson (4-11) with two outs in the fifth inning gave Baltimore a 7-6 lead. It came after Arrieta fell behind 6-4 by allowing five runs in the bottom of the fourth after the Orioles had taken a 4-1 lead with four runs in the top half.

Corey Patterson hit a solo homer in the sixth, then Matt Wieters had a two-run shot and Luke Scott another three-run drive during the Orioles' six-run eighth.

The Orioles still have the worst record in the majors at 39-74 and worst on the road (15-40). Cleveland has lost eight of its last 10 at home.

Scott had four RBIs and the bottom four batters in Baltimore's order totaled eight hits, six runs and nine RBIs. The Orioles were seven for 10 with runners in scoring position and are 29 for 70 (.414) under Showalter.

Baltimore's starting pitchers posted a 1.89 ERA on a 6-1 homestand after Showalter took over. Arrieta was sharp early, though Asdrubal Cabrera's run-scoring single gave Cleveland a 1-0 lead in the third.

Baltimore sent nine men to bat in a four-run fourth that included an error, wild pitch, two walks, three hits and a spectacular play by Cabrera at shortstop.

Shin-Soo Choo's two-run double capped Cleveland's five-run bottom half. Cabrera was thrown out trying to score from first on the bases-loaded drive into the right-field corner.

Trevor Crowe doubled home a run, stole third, and scored on a groundout by Luis Valbuena. Michael Brantley's two-out RBI single tied it at 4-4.

Brantley had a two-run homer in the ninth.



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