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Orioles recap: Early six-run hole proves too deep in loss to Indians

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez dug his team into too deep a hole early, and the Orioles were never able to make a game out of their 11-4 loss to the Indians on Saturday night at Progressive Field.

Jimenez lasted just 1 2/3 innings as the Orioles fell behind by six runs after two innings. Jimenez's outing — he allowed six runs, three of them earned, on five hits and three walks — was his shortest in more than three seasons.

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"I guess it's a little bit with the mechanics," said Jimenez, who has a 10.26 ERA over his last four starts. "It's something I've been working on in the bullpen. I feel good in between starts, but I have to find a way to take whatever I'm doing in the bullpen and take in into the game."

The 11 runs allowed by the Orioles were the most they've allowed this season. The loss on Saturday ensured that the Orioles will complete their three-city, nine-game road trip to Anaheim, Houston and Cleveland with a losing record. Heading into today's series finale, the Orioles are 3-5 on the trip.

Jimenez's performance, however, wasn't the only ugly part of the Orioles performance. The Orioles committed four errors – including two by third baseman Pedro Alvarez -- tying a season-high set Wednesday in Houston. The Orioles have committed nine errors in their past four games.

The Indians were also a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen-base attempts against the Orioles, four of those steals coming against the Jimenez in the first two innings. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had thrown out four of eight basestealers this season coming into the game, but allowed all five steals on Saturday.

Mark Trumbo went 3-for-4 on Saturday, hitting two doubles. The Orioles had six doubles collectively, their most since Aug. 16 against the Oakland Athletics.

Eight of the nine hitters in the Orioles lineup had a hit, but Jimenez's struggles forced the team into too deep of a hole. The Orioles left eight men on base and were 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

The Orioles had their best opportunity for a rally in the fifth, when they loaded the bases with no outs against Indians starter Danny Salazar. But there were able to plate just one run that inning on Adam Jones' sac fly.

Salazar held the Orioles to two runs on six hits over six innings, recording five strikeouts and two walks.

Worley makes it work

Right-hander Vance Worley entered a 5-0 game in the second inning and gave the Orioles 4 1/3 solid innings, continuing to provide valuable contributions in the long-relief role.

"When the game's where it's at, and you're going in trying to limit the damage, make pitches, trying to keep the ball on the ground, just keep the guys in it," Worley said. "I was trying to work as quick as I could to get the guys off their feet and back in the dugout and swing it and put some runs back on the board."

Worley, who entered the game with two on and two outs in the second, allowed one inherited runner to score.

He also allowed a leadoff double to Lonnie Chisenhall in the third inning. Following a Rajai Davis single, Chisenhall scored on a 4-6-3 double play, marking the first run Worley allowed in relief this season in 17 innings of work.

Worley allowed an unearned run in the fifth after Alvarez's throwing error put Juan Uribe on second to open the inning and Uribe scored on a Yan Gomes single to left.

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Worley was efficient with his pitches, needing just 60 pitches in the outing, inducing eight groundball outs with his sinker.

Orioles like reunion with Hunter

The Orioles rallied against former Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter for two runs in the seventh inning.

Joey Rickard drew a leadoff walk and scored on Jones' RBI double to center. After Jones moved to third on Hyun Soo Kim's single, Hunter induced a 6-4-3 double play. Jones scored on the play — cutting the Indians' lead to 8-4 — but giving Hunter two outs on one play all but killed the Orioles' rally.

Hunter, who entered the game with a 2.08 ERA in 92/3 relief innings, was yanked after allowing a Chris Davis single.

Right-hander Bryan Shaw allowed a single to Trumbo, bringing Wieters to the plate and putting the tying run in the on-deck circle, but Shaw struck out Wieters swinging on three pitches.

Alvarez struggles at third

With starting shortstop J.J. Hardy out with injury and third baseman Manny Machado filling in at short, Alvarez has been able to get some playing time at third.

But Alvarez had his worst game defensively on Saturday, committing two errors — one fielding and another throwing — while playing third base.

With runners at second and third in the first inning, Alvarez was unable to make a back-handed play on Mike Napoli's sharp grounder to his right, allowing both base runners to score. In the fifth inning, Alvarez made a nice diving play to his right on Uribe's ball to his right on the first batter of the fifth inning, but he skipped a throw to first base past Davis.

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