A recap of the Orioles' 11-6 win over the Indians last night:
MONTANEZ DELIVERS TWICE
Given the start with a left-hander on the mound for Cleveland, rookie outfielder Lou Montanez delivered, offensively and defensively. In the fourth inning, he made a diving catch on Asdrubal Cabrera's sinking line drive in shallow left center field. At the plate, he singled in the fourth inning and then drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with a double to right-center field off reliever Rafael Perez. Montanez slammed Perez's letter-high fastball over the head of right fielder Shin-Soo Choo. He drove in the first run in the Orioles' eight-run eighth inning and their last with an RBI single off Edward Mujica.
BAD FIRST IMPRESSION
After Jeremy Guthrie gave the Orioles a one-day reprieve from allowing first-inning runs, Daniel Cabrera was right back at it last night. Cabrera, given a 2-0 lead to work with before he threw his first pitch, squandered it quickly. Grady Sizemore hit a leadoff single to right, Ben Francisco hit a one-out single to left and Choo scored them both with a double off the left-field wall. It was the third time in the four-game series the Orioles have allowed two first-inning runs or more.
CHERRY ON TOP
Rocky Cherry has been with the Orioles for about a week, but he has certainly gotten thrown into the fire. In Monday's series opener at Progressive Field, Orioles manager Dave Trembley called on Cherry to protect a one-run seventh-inning lead and he couldn't. On Wednesday, Cherry was brought in with two outs in the eighth inning and the Orioles leading by one. He put a runner in scoring position but struck out Kelly Shoppach to preserve the lead. Last night, Cherry was brought on in the sixth with the bases loaded and the game tied and struck out pinch hitter Franklin Gutierrez on a 3-2 slider.
A three-game series at Comerica Park will start tonight (7:05) with Orioles' left-hander Chris Waters (1-0, 4.50) matching up with Detroit Tigers' veteran left-hander Nate Robertson (7-8, 5.84). It is the third career major league start for Waters, who pitched eight shutout innings in his debut but was rocked by the Texas Rangers for six earned runs over four innings in his last start.