Dan Otero

Four-batter lapse in fifth inning costs Kevin Gausman in Orioles' 5-1 loss to Indians

Four-batter lapse in fifth inning costs Kevin Gausman in Orioles' 5-1 loss to Indians

Right-hander Kevin Gausman was looking for a turnaround performance on Wednesday night, and he almost got it.

Gausman was overpowering for the first few innings of the Orioles’ 5-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians, but a four-batter lapse in the fifth was all it would take to spoil an otherwise solid effort and send him to his seventh loss in 10 decisions before an announced 26,596 at Camden Yards.

Still, it was a big improvement over three previous starts this month in which he allowed 16 earned runs over 15 2/3 innings.

Curiously, he handled the dangerous heart of the Indians batting order just fine, but was undone in that inning by back-to-back hits at the bottom of...

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