CLEVELAND, Ohio After rallying to take the lead three times the previous night, the Cleveland Indians failed to stage another comeback Friday in a 5-1 loss to Dylan Bundy and the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field.
The Indians lost to Baltimore for just the second time in their last eight meetings at Progressive Field. Its the first loss for Cleveland this season in six games against American League East Division teams.
Bundy (2-5, 4.66) baffled the Indians through 5 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out seven. Three Orioles relievers combined to shut down the Indians over the final 3 1/3 innings.
He never really let us get comfortable, Indians manager Terry Francona said of Bundy. Hed been getting left-handers out and he continued that trend with a breaking ball, change-up. But he also got our righties out, speeding us up with the fastball and throwing breaking balls to them.
Cleveland scored in the second when Jose Ramirez reached on a Jonathan Villar error and stole second before coming home on a Jake Bauers single. But Bundy struck out Jordan Luplow and Leonys Martin to end the threat and went on to retire 11 of the next 15 batters.
Branden Kline relieved Bundy with two runners on and two out in the sixth and got Martin to ground out, ending another threat. The Indians managed just three hits against Bundy and went 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position, stranding eight men. Meanwhile, the Orioles collected a season-high seven extra-base hits.
Indians starter Jefry Rodriguez again worked deep into a game, allowing four earned runs on seven hits including a pair of home runs. Rodriguez snapped a string of three consecutive quality starts after surrendering a three-run homer to Villar in the third inning and a solo shot to outfielder Stevie Wilkerson in the fourth.
He threw more breaking balls tonight by far than he has in any other outing. I just think hes fun to watch get better.
Villar yanked a Rodriguez curve deep to center and just over the wall 378 feet away after a leadoff double by Rio Ruiz and single by Austin Wynns.
Rodriguez (1-3, 3.45) allowed just two hits after Wilkersons homer, but lost to the Orioles for the second time in his career after dropping his first big-league start against them last year while pitching for Washington.
Francona said Fridays outing was the best hes thrown in five starts this season.
He threw more breaking balls tonight by far than he has in any other outing," Francona said. "I just think hes fun to watch get better.
Baltimore added a run in the eighth on a Trey Mancini double and a Chris Davis infield single followed by an RBI double by Wilkerson off Neil Ramirez.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis extended his streak of consecutive games reaching base via hit or walk with a single in the third inning. Kipnis is hitting .271 (13-for-48) during that stretch.
Up next: The series continues Saturday as Adam Plutko (0-0, 0.00) makes his Indians season debut against Baltimore lefty John Means (5-3, 2.33). First pitch is 4:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast on SportsTime Ohio, WTAM 1100 AM and WMMS 100.7 FM.
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