Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Kevin Gausman pitched six strong innings while Steve Pearce and Jonathan Schoop launched solo homers as the Baltimore Orioles avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians Sunday at Progressive Field.
Gausman (7-4) yielded one run on two hits with four walks and two strikeouts while Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth for his 26th save of the season as the Orioles improved to 70-52, best in the American League East.
The win extended the O’s lead over the Toronto Blue Jays to seven games, before the latter’s game against the Chicago White Sox.
Danny Salazar (4-6) took the loss after giving up two runs on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts in five innings as the Indians slipped to 62-61.
The Indians got on the board first with an RBI single by Jason Kipnis in the fourth inning before the Orioles got things going behind Pearce’s double in the sixth.
After Pearce’s double, shortstop J.J. Hardy punched a ball into right field to tie the game. Chris Davis followed with a double to score Adam Jones and give the Orioles a 2-1 edge.
The O’s extended their lead on Pearce’s homer off C.C. Lee two outs into the seventh inning and Jonathan Schoop connected for his 12th homer with a solo shot in the ninth.
Meanwhile, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the team is expected to recall Miguel Gonzalez from the minor leagues at some point this week during their series against the White Sox.
Gonzalez, who was optioned to clear a roster spot for Ubaldo Jimenez, will throw a simulated game for Double-A Bowie Monday that will be around 75 pitches.
“That will set him up for coming back to us and pitching out of the ‘pen if needed or as a starter if needed,” Showalter said of Gonzalez.