The Orioles didn’t record an out in the inning until Ryan Raburn, the eighth batter of the frame, hit into a double play that scored the fifth run of the inning.
Jimenez is now 2-6 on the season with a 4.98 ERA.
“He just didn’t have it today,” Orioles catcher Steve Clevenger said. “The ball was cutting a little bit sometimes, and doing different things. Like I said, he’s going to learn from this in his next bullpen session and he’s going to get better next time.”
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The Orioles recorded just one extra base hit – Nelson Cruz’s one-out double in the fourth inning – as right-hander Corey Kluber handcuffed the Orioles’ bats over seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits while striking out nine and walking two in arguably the best start of his career.
“Lot of late-recognition cutters that we knew he was going to do,” Showalter said. “And then enough fastballs to make the cutter appear to be a fastball a lot of the time. Then, mix in the breaking ball enough. Good mechanics, good command. [We were] fortunate that there were some borderline calls against him, because he was around the plate most of the day.”
The Indians posted a four-run inning in the seventh, with two of those runs coming on Santana’s homer off Brad Brach onto the grounds crew shed in right-center field. Brach had just entered the game one batter after Raburn hit a two-run double to left.
The Orioles had scored six or more runs and recorded 12 or more hits in five straight games before the bats went cold on Saturday.
“[Kluber was] mixing all his pitches in there, throwing everything for strikes, and when his command is on, he’s going to be very successful, and he was today,” Clevenger said.