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Published: Monday, 7/18/2011

Orioles spoil Tribe trip to Camden

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Indians' starter Jeanmar Gomez lasted five innings Sunday, giving up five hits -- including three solo homers. The Orioles won 8-3. Indians' starter Jeanmar Gomez lasted five innings Sunday, giving up five hits -- including three solo homers. The Orioles won 8-3.
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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles finally have a winning streak going, and it couldn't come at a more opportune time.

Robert Andino homered and had a career-high four RBIs, and Baltimore beat the Cleveland Indians 8-3 Sunday to earn a split of the four-game series.

Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, and Matt Wieters hit solo shots for the Orioles, who scored the final eight runs after falling behind 3-0 in the first inning. Baltimore lost nine straight and had not put together successive victories since June 19-20 before beating the Indians twice over the weekend.

Travis Hafner and Carlos Santana homered for the Indians, who have dropped five of seven. Cleveland stranded 11 and went 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

"We just left too many people on base, ultimately," Hafner said. "That really hurt us."

Cleveland all-star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera added another brilliant fielding gem to his ever-expanding highlight reel. With a runner on first base in the fourth, Cabrera sprinted behind second base to reach Markakis' grounder. As his momentum carried him toward the outfield grass, he flipped a no-look, underhand toss to second baseman Luis Valbuena, whose relay completed the stunning double play.

Limited to a pair of hits by Jeanmar Gomez and trailing 3-1 in the fifth, Baltimore got singles from Wieters and Mark Reynolds before Andino hit a 3-1 pitch into the front row of the left-field seats.

Markakis homered in the sixth to chase Gomez (0-2).

"I threw the ball pretty well the first four innings," Gomez said. "The fifth inning, the problem was I got behind the count."

Cleveland loaded the bases with one out in the seventh before Jim Johnson quelled the threat.

Baltimore went up 7-3 in the bottom half against Joe Smith, who had not allowed an earned run in his previous 27 appearances. Derrek Lee doubled and came home on a bunt by Andino before J.J. Hardy hit an RBI single.

Wieters connected in the eighth off Frank Herrmann.

Baltimore starter Mitch Atkins gave up six hits, including a pair of homers, in three innings. The right-hander needed 77 pitches to get nine outs.

After the game, Atkins was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Mark Hendrickson (1-0) followed with three innings of scoreless relief to earn his first win since May 13, 2010.

Atkins retired the first two batters before Hafner hit a drive into the center-field bleachers. Three pitches later, Santana launched a shot to right that became the 56th home run in the 20-year history of Camden Yards to land on Eutaw Street.

Grady Sizemore followed with a double but twisted his right knee while running to second. He was replaced by Ezequiel Carrera, who scored on a single by Travis Buck.

NOTES: Sizemore will be sent back to Cleveland for a knee exam. ... The Indians are expected to recall LHP David Huff Monday to start against Minnesota. Fausto Carmona will come off the DL to pitch the second game of the doubleheader.



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