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Orioles Bullpen Falters, Lose 14-7 to Indians

May 17, 2019 - 7:46 am

By Joe Schiller

The Orioles held leads 2-1, 5-1 and 7-6 on Thursday night, but it wasn't enough to hold off one of the top teams in the American League. 

Despite totaling five hits and seven runs off Trevor Bauer, the Orioles' bullpen faltered and allowed eight runs in the final three innings to fall to the Indians 14-7 in the opening night of a four-game series. 

Jason Kipnis gave the Indians an early lead in the first inning with a solo shot off Dan Straily. Kipnis came into the night batting around the .200 line but posted a monster game with two home runs and six RBI's. 

Straily, who's struggled to pitch deep this season, lasted just 3.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits while striking out just one batter. The Orioles provided ample run support by way of the long ball. Rio Ruiz and Trey Mancini homered in back-to-back innings to give the Orioles a 5-1 lead. Stevie Wilkerson's double off the left-field wall extended the lead 7-6 in the top of the fifth inning, but it wouldn't be enough. 

The Orioles' bullpen ranks second-worst in the MLB with a 6.13 ERA and struggles on the backend of the pitching staff cost Brandon Hyde's squad. Gabriel Ynoa, Paul Fry, Miguel Castro, and Richard Bleier allowed at least one run. The Indians scraped back at the lead with RBI singles in the third inning and Kipnis' second home run of the night, a three-run blast, gave Cleveland a 6-5 lead in the fourth inning. 

Ynoa earned the loss, allowing four runs on four hits in 1.2 innings pitched. 

Holding an 8-7 lead in the seventh inning, the flood gates opened for the Indians. They took advantage of defensive errors from the Orioles and scored five runs in the inning with RBI base knocks from Leonys Martin, Carlos Santana, and Kipnis to take a commanding 13-7 lead. 

A.J. Cole earned his first win for the Indians, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings. 

Up Next: Game Two of the four-game series tonight with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. Dylan Bundy (1-5) will take the mound against Jefry Rodriguez (1-2) as the Orioles will look to even up the series at 1-1.