Jimenez pitches Indians past Orioles 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm •  Published: September 3, 2013
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"We did a lot of good things tonight," Francona said. "We played a nice crisp game. That's how we have to play."

The Indians are 14th in the AL in attendance despite the fact they're contending for a playoff spot. Monday's game drew a crowd of 15,020.

"Of course we notice," Jimenez said of the team's attendance. "It's definitely not the same when we have a big crowd, but what can we do? We have to go out there and compete."

The Orioles loaded the bases in the sixth on a single and two walks, but Jimenez retired Michael Morse on a tapper to the mound to end the inning.

Jimenez went 1-4 in August despite a 3.10 ERA while receiving a total of seven runs of support. He had dropped four of his last five starts. Jimenez, who struck out four, has recorded 32 strikeouts in 24 2-3 innings over his last four games.

"Jimenez was as good as anyone in baseball three or four years ago, and it looks like he's got his velocity back," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He was really crisp with his changeup and his fastball was working for him all night."

Cabrera's sacrifice fly gave Cleveland the lead in the fourth after Kipnis and Carlos Santana walked to start the inning.

Santana led off the sixth by drawing another walk and took third on Michael Brantley's double into the left field corner. Cabrera's second sacrifice fly scored Santana and Gomes' double later scored Brantley and pinch-runner Matt Carson.

The Orioles, who are 3-5 on a nine-game trip that ends Wednesday, are 8-12 since Aug. 12.

NOTES: LHP Zach Britton, called up from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, will start for the Orioles in Wednesday's series finale. The other five starters will be moved back one day. ... A college reunion took place before the game when Indians OF Drew Stubbs caught the ceremonial first pitch from Browns RB Chris Ogbonnaya. The two were roommates at the University of Texas. ... Indians OF Ryan Raburn (left Achilles soreness) was activated from the 15-day DL. ... The Indians recalled RHPs Carlos Carrasco, Chen-Chang Lee, Vinnie Pestano, and Josh Tomlin from Triple-A Columbus. Tomlin underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in August 2012. ... The Orioles recalled 2B Jonathan Schoop, OF Henry Urrutia and RHP Josh Stinson from Norfolk, and 2B Ryan Flaherty from Single-A Frederick.



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