Series: Game 3 of 3

Cleveland won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, August 15
in 11
Game 2: Saturday, August 16
Game 3: Sunday, August 17

Orioles 4

(70-52, 36-26 away)

Indians 1

(62-61, 37-24 home)

    Coverage:  STOH

    1:05 PM ET, August 17, 2014

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    BAL 000002101 4 12 1
    CLE 000100000 1 2 1

    W: K. Gausman (7-4)

    L: D. Salazar (4-6)

    S: Z. Britton (26)

    Orioles-Indians Preview


    The Baltimore Orioles find themselves with consecutive losses for the first time since late June.

    Their most recent three-game skid extends back another month.

    They'll try to get their offense going for the first time in this series Sunday and prevent the Cleveland Indians from completing a three-game sweep.

    Baltimore (69-52) came to Progressive Field having gone 27-11 since last losing two straight June 28-29 to open a season-high 7 1/2-game lead in the AL East.

    An offense that averaged 8.2 runs, batted .341 and hit 14 homers during a 4-1 stretch was cooled by Cleveland ace Corey Kluber in a 2-1, 11-inning loss Friday.

    Carlos Carrasco kept Baltimore's offense in check again Saturday, tossing three-hit ball over seven innings and got all the support he needed from Carlos Santana's first-inning, three-run homer in a 6-0 victory.

    Michael Brantley added a two-run shot for the Indians (62-60), who have allowed five runs while winning five of six to get within five games of AL Central-leading Kansas City.

    Cleveland is 55-24 all-time against Baltimore at Progressive Field, its best record against any strictly AL team in the ballpark's history.

    The Orioles, who haven't dropped three in a row since a four-game skid May 27-30, had their streak of eight consecutive series wins snapped. They suffered their only three-game sweep this season to Detroit from May 12-14.

    Baltimore is 9-16 versus the AL Central and 60-36 against all other opponents.

    Slugger Chris Davis is 0 for 8 with five strikeouts in this series, dropping his average to .191. He's 7 for 56 (.125) with 27 strikeouts over his past 17 games.

    "This hasn't been the greatest year as far as I'm concerned, but we've done a lot of positive things. We are still in first place," Davis told MLB's official website. "So I'll go out there and continue to try to put good at-bats together and be as productive as I can."

    Carrasco continued a brilliant run by Indians starters, a group that has allowed three runs over 39 innings (0.69 ERA) during a six-game stretch while walking five and striking out 42.

    Cleveland hopes Danny Salazar (4-5, 4.88 ERA) can come close to continuing that run when he makes his first start since Aug. 6. He was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 7 one day after allowing five runs -- all on two homers -- over four innings in an 8-3 loss at Cincinnati.

    The right-hander held Lehigh Valley to one earned run on five hits over seven innings Tuesday, striking out nine without a walk.

    Salazar, who has never faced any member of the Orioles, is 3-1 with a 3.68 ERA in his last four big league starts.

    Kevin Gausman (6-4, 3.90) makes his first career start against the Indians. The right-hander hasn't been sharp lately, going 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his last three starts. That stretch comes after he limited opponents to one run in three of his previous four outings.

    Gausman failed in a bid to win three consecutive starts for the second time this season, allowing three runs and eight hits over five innings in an 8-3 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.

    He took the loss in his only appearance against Cleveland, yielding two runs and three hits over 2 2/3 innings of relief Sept. 4.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakW1W1
    Last 104-66-4

    Pitching Matchup

    K. Gausman
    7-7, 3.57 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/25 at NYY
    5.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = ND
    D. Salazar
    6-8, 4.25 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/23 vs KC
    4.2 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    1. N. Markakis, RF M. Bourn, CF
    2. S. Pearce, LF J. Ramirez, SS
    3. A. Jones, CF M. Brantley, LF
    4. N. Cruz, DH C. Santana, 1B
    5. D. Young, LF J. Kipnis, 2B
    6. J. Hardy, SS Y. Gomes, C
    7. C. Davis, 1B L. Chisenhall, 3B
    8. N. Hundley, C Z. Walters, DH
    9. J. Schoop, 2B C. Dickerson, RF