BALTIMORE - It was hot, humid and unpleasant.
The Baltimore Orioles played through oppressive conditions to get a win on Friday night, but it wasn't easy.
After breaking their two-week long scoring drought, the Orioles managed a sloppy 9-8 win over the Cleveland Indians before 24,779 at Oriole Park on Friday.
Ryan Flaherty, who made a huge mental error in the fourth inning, had an RBI single to break a 7-7 tie in the seventh, and Xavier Avery hit his first major league home run in the eighth for the win.
Matt Lindstrom (1-0) was the winner.
Pedro Strop pitched the eighth, and Jim Johnson picked up his 23rd save though he gave up a run in the ninth.
"A lot of people contributed tonight," manager Buck Showalter said. "A tough night to pitch, very challenging."
In the seventh, Flaherty, who inexplicably stopped chasing a fly ball in the fourth, drove in Chris Davis with the go-ahead run.
The big RBI didn't make him feel any batter.
"I feel bad about it. You can't give extra outs like that. That was a mental mistake. That's happened twice now in two weeks. It's not acceptable, and I'll make sure it doesn't happen again," Flaherty said.
Avery's home run produced what Showalter called "the first unabashed smile we've gotten out of him," and lots of relief for the Orioles.
"I felt a little tingly inside," Avery said. "It wouldn't have meant a lot if we hadn't gotten a win with it."
The Indians scored a run in the top of the first off Jake Arrieta on an RBI single by Michael Brantley.
The Orioles scored three runs in the bottom of the first. It was their biggest inning since they scored five against Pittsburgh in the bottom of the fourth on June 14. They were helped by two Cleveland errors.
The first was scored by Brian Roberts, who reached on an error. He advanced to second on a wild pitch by Derek Lowe and moved to third on an infield out. When Indians' shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera booted J.J. Hardy's grounder, Roberts scored. Wilson Betemit drove in the second run with a double, and Davis' infield out scored Adam Jones with the third run.
Cabrera hit his 11th home run of the year to lead off the third off Arrieta. It landed on Eutaw Street.
Cleveland scored three runs to finish Arrieta in the fourth. Shin-Soo Choo's bases-loaded walk scored the tying run, and Jason Kipnis' double scored two more, and the Indians led 5-3.
Arrieta, who was nearly sent to Norfolk after an awful start three weeks ago, but has improved since then, reverted.
"Jake deserved a better fate," Showalter said.
He gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. The last four Orioles starters have allowed 24 earned runs in 18 1/3 innings for a horrifying ERA of 11.78.
"They hit some good pitches. Some calls didn't go our way," Arrieta said. "Some things happened on the field that ended my night early."
In the fifth, Robert Andino led off with a walk. He stole second, moved to third on an infield out and scored on Xavier Avery's infield out.
The Orioles took a 7-5 lead in the sixth when Betemit and Davis singled with one out and Matt Wieters drove a three-run home run onto Eutaw Street for a7-5 lead.
It was the second time there were two Eutaw Street home runs in the same game. On Apr. 11, 1997, Rafael Palmeiro drove two.
The Indians tied the score in the top of the seventh when Casey Kotchman doubled off Troy Patton. Shelley Duncan drove him in with a double off Darren O'Day. Jack Hannahan singled and Duncan came home with the seventh run on Lou Marson's double play ball.