Aubrey Huff took two games off to hang out with his wife and welcome his son into the world, then returned and hit a grand slam, the biggest of the four home runs the Orioles pounded, and Baltimore beat the Cleveland Indians 14-3 Monday night in Baltimore.
The stat line read 11 hits apiece for both teams, but the game wasn’t anywhere as close as the hit totals might suggest.
The Indians have been the recipients of some great starting pitching all year, so they were due to get slammed from by somebody. Fausto Carmona gave up seven runs on six hits, lasting 5.1 innings and surrendering one of the four Baltimore home runs. As bad as his stat line looked, he really didn’t pitch that badly until the sixth.
The Indians held the lead early, scoring one run in the second on a Shin-Soo Choo double, a Ryan Garko walk, and an Asdrubal Cabrera double that scored Choo.
Baltimore answered the run in the bottom half of the inning, stringing together a pair of singles by Huff and Ramon Hernandez that put Huff on third. Luke Scott hit into a fielder’s choice, but it plated Huff making it a 1-1 affair.
The Indians went back on top in the fourth. Choo once again started things off, singling. Garko singled as well. With runners on first and second, Cabrera singled Choo home and Garko to third. Franklin Gutierrez hit a sacrifice fly that scored Garko, and the Indians were up 3-1.
Then the home runs started. Scott hit his 22nd of the year, narrowing the Indians lead to 3-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Baltimore broke the game wide open, putting up a seven spot, the highlight being Aubrey’s grand slam.
Carmona got himself into trouble with the walk, issuing a free pass to Hernandez and Kevin Millar with a Scott single sandwiched in between. Salazar came on as a pinch hitter and singled home Hernandez and Scott. Carmona issued his third free ride of the inning to Roberts, and he was gone.
Rincon relieved, and gave up a single to Adam Jones, scoring Millar. With the bases still loaded, Huff hit his grand slam, capping the seven run inning and making it a 9-3 Orioles lead.
The home-run derby reconvened in the bottom of the eighth. With Brendon Donelly on the hill, he gave up a pair of walks to Juan Castro and Brian Roberts, then dished up a home run ball to Adam Jones on his first offering. After a Huff single, Hernandez went yard, making it 14-3 Baltimore, and that would be the way it ended.
Huff led the way for Baltimore, going 3-5 with 4 RBI. That put him over the 100 mark for the year at 102. Jones also went 3-5 with 4 RBI for Baltimore. Cabrera paced the Tribe with a 3-3 night and two RBI’s, his 31st and 32nd of the season.
The two teams meet again Tuesday at 7:05. Jeremy Sowers (2-8, 5.97 ERA) versus Radhames Liz(5-4, 7.92 ERA).
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