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Birds fall to Indians, acquire Thome

BALTIMORE - Under Dan Duquette, the Baltimore Orioles have not been afraid of making moves. While the club was being thoroughly outclassed, Duquette, the club's first-year executive vice president of baseball operations, was busy acquiring veteran slugger Jim Thome from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for two minor leaguers.

When the deal was announced during the seventh inning of the Orioles' 11-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians before 35,335 at Oriole Park on Saturday, Duquette said that the 41-year-old slugger will provide some power.

"Jim Thome is a real pro, and he specializes in hitting home runs and getting on base," Duquette said.

With injuries to Nolan Reimold, Nick Johnson and Nick Markakis, Duquette wants to beef up the Orioles' power.

"He gives us a little more depth to our lineup," Duquette said.

Thome has 609 lifetime home runs, which ties him with Sammy Sosa for seventh place on the all-time list, and he's hit 18 homers in 67 games at Oriole Park.

In 30 games with the Phillies, Thome batted .242 with five home runs and 15 RBIs.

"I think everybody in baseball has been a fan of Jim, the way he carries himself and conducts himself. The most important thing is, this is a guy that can help us with some things between the lines and outside the lines," manager Buck Showalter said.

While the Orioles (42-34) are excited about their new acquisition, they're worried about their pitching. On Saturday, they allowed 19 hits to the Indians (38-38) and have given up 35 in the last two days.

"We're fortunate they didn't score more than 11 runs," Showalter said.

Dana Eveland (0-1) allowed five runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings. He started for the second time this season, and while he's been effective as a long reliever, he's been lacking as a starter.

Tommy Hunter followed Eveland, and his outing was horrifying. He gave up five runs and eight hits in 1 2/3 innings.

"We were hoping Dana could give us four or five good innings, but Cleveland didn't let him," Showalter said.

"Nothing went right," Eveland said. "It's pretty disappointing, obviously. I'm not going to make excuses. I struggled and because I did that, I wore out the bullpen."

Hunter didn't help. If Thome reports on Sunday, it's likely that Hunter will be cut. Miguel Gonzalez, who was with the Orioles earlier this season, was scratched from his start at Norfolk and could be recalled.

"It was rough, too. I left the ball up and they took advantage of it," Hunter said.

Cleveland had four players with at least three hits. Jose Lopez had five, Lou Marson and Shin-Soo Choo had four and Asdrubal Cabrera had three.

Baltimore scored five runs off Josh Tomlin (4-5). After Chris Davis reached Eutaw Street with his 13th home run of the year, a three-run shot in the fourth inning, the Orioles trailed 5-4, but the Indians scored three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to take a 10-4 lead.

"It seemed like every time they needed a big hit they got it," Davis said. "They were hitting the holes. They were driving he ball in the gaps, driving the ball out of the ballpark. I mean everything that you want your offense to do, they were doing."

NOTES: The two minor leaguers traded for Thome were Frederick pitcher Kyle Simon and Delmarva catcher Gabriel Lino. Left-handed pitcher Zach Phillips, who allowed two runs in 2/3 innings in his only Orioles appearance this season, was designated for assignment. ... Davis' home run was the eighth to land on Eutaw Street this season, the third in two games. It was his second of the season. There have been eight homers head there in 2012. In 2008, there were also eight hit there. ... Wilson Betemit has a 10-game hitting streak. ... The Orioles have made 69 errors, most in the majors.