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Indians rout Orioles 11-5

10:13 PM, Jun 30, 2012   |    comments
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Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - There must be something in the harbor in Baltimore that woke up Cleveland's bats.

Jose Lopez had a career-high five hits, Lou Marson had a career-high four hits and fell a homer shy of the cycle, and the Indians pounded out a season-best 19 hits en route to a 11-5 drubbing of the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

In the 74 games coming into this four-game set, Cleveland had yet to post a game with more than 15 hits. In winning two of the first three games, however, the Indians have posted 16 and 19 hits, respectively.

Shin-Soo Choo homered and reached base five times -- including four hits -- while Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits in the victory.

Josh Tomlin (4-5) won despite his continuing struggles. He allowed five runs in six innings, the fourth time in six June starts he's allowed at least five.

Chris Davis homered, and Adam Jones doubled twice for the Orioles, who showed after the game that despite the loss, they are still trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

Baltimore bolstered its offense for the stretch run by acquiring designated hitter Jim Thome from Philadelphia. Coincidentally enough, Thome was on the Indians team that opposed the Orioles the last time the team played in the postseason.

Dana Eveland (0-1) didn't last long in the start, yielding five runs in 3 2/3 innings. Tommy Hunter also allowed five runs in defeat, but it took him only 1 2/3 frames.


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