Cleveland pitcher Scott Kazmir took a no-hitter into the seventh, but left the mound in the eighth inning with an apparent injury.
BALTIMORE — Scott Kazmir took a no-hitter into the seventh, and the Cleveland Indians scored two ninth-inning runs off Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson to pull out a 4-3 victory Wednesday night.
A leadoff double in the seventh by Manny Machado was the only hit allowed by Kazmir, who gave up one unearned run in seven innings. He came out to the mound for the eighth but left with an apparent injury before throwing a pitch.
Baltimore promptly scored twice against Joe Smith (4-0) to take a 3-2 lead, but the Indians rallied against Johnson (2-6) in the ninth.
After Michael Brantley drew a leadoff walk, Jason Giambi hit his 400th career double. An intentional walk loaded the bases for Lonnie Chisenhall, who hit into a run-scoring fielder’s choice. Drew Stubbs also hit into a fielder’s choice to bring home pinch-runner Mike Aviles and chase Johnson.
Vinnie Pestano worked the ninth for his fifth save.
Jason Kipnis homered for the Indians, who improved to 2-34 when trailing after eight innings.
After being dominated by Kazmir for six innings, the Orioles closed to 2-1 in the seventh when Machado doubled, advanced on a poor pickoff throw by Kazmir and scored on a fly ball by Chris Davis.
In the eighth, an infield hit by J.J. Hardy, a walk to Chris Dickerson and a single by Alexi Casilla loaded the bases with one out for Nick Markakis, who drove in a run by hitting into a fielder’s choice. Machado then lined an RBI single off the left-field wall for a 3-2 lead.
Johnson couldn’t make the margin stand up. It was his fifth blown save.
The start of the game was delayed 66 minutes by rain, and both pitchers seized control from the outset.
Jason Hammel retired the first 10 batters he faced and Kazmir was perfect through four innings.
Activated from the disabled list before the game, Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera became the first player to reach base when he was hit by a pitch in the fourth.
Kipnis followed with his 11th home run, the second in two nights, for a 2-0 lead.
Kazmir officially retired the first 13 batters before issuing a four-pitch walk to Matt Wieters in the fifth, although replays showed a sliding Machado beat out a fourth-inning grounder despite being called out by first base umpire Will Little.
The Indians put runners at the corners with two outs in the fifth before Hammel retired Michael Bourn on a grounder.
In the Cleveland seventh, Stubbs looked at a third strike with two outs and runners on second and third.
NOTES: To make room for Cabrera on the roster, Cleveland designated infielder John McDonald for assignment. ... Cleveland’s Corey Kluber will bring a three-game winning streak to the mound Thursday night in the finale of the series.
Miguel Gonzalez will pitch for Baltimore. ... Kipnis has reached safely in 28 consecutive games. ... The Indians expect to activate closer Chris Perez (shoulder) from the disabled list today.
Bundy to have surgery
BALTIMORE — Dylan Bundy’s frustrating season ended before it started.
The Orioles pitching prospect will have elbow ligament-replacement surgery today in Pensacola, Fla. The procedure will end a frustrating season in which the right-hander never threw in a game.
“Hopefully, next year this time we’ll be putting a date on when he’s going to be pitching again in a game,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.
Selected fourth overall in the 2011 amateur draft, Bundy made it to the big leagues with Baltimore last season and was expected to contribute again this year. But he developed arm soreness during spring training.
The 20-year-old pitcher received treatment in April. When he resumed throwing, Bundy felt pain in his elbow and again was shut down.
Team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens and Dr. James Andrews determined that Bundy needed Tommy John surgery.
“Dr. Andrews and Dr. Wilckens have been on the same page about everything,” Showalter said. “We tried to see if we could keep from going down this direction, but when he had the setback throwing from a certain number of feet, I think they felt like there was some distress there.”
At that point, surgery appeared to be the best option.
“The thinking was that Dylan is 20 years old, he’s very young and it’s early in his career,” said executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. “After giving it two times of significant rest and the elbow not responding and being capable of handling the workload required, the doctors and Dylan decided this was the best course. We certainly support it.”
Bundy has pitched in 23 games as a professional, including two with Baltimore in 2012.