The Orioles knew the road trip would be hard. They never thought it would be this hard. After losing six of nine in Boston, New York and Cleveland, they’re now trailing both the Yankees and Indians in what looks like an increasingly more improbable road to the Wild Card.
The first inning was too much. Zach Britton allowed four runs in the first inning to the Cleveland Indians, and it was too much to overcome.
Even though Kevin Gausman allowed two runs in the fifth, it was Britton’s runs that doomed the Orioles to a 6-4 loss at Progressive Field on Wednesday.
Britton, who was recalled from Norfolk on Monday, managed to stay in for just 2 1/3 innings.
Michael Bourn led off with an infield single. Nick Swisher walked, and Jason Kipnis bunted for a base hit to load the bases. With one out, Yan Gomes drove in Bourn with a base hit.
Two more scored on Ryan Raburn’s double. Mike Aviles singled to score the fourth run in the inning, but Nate McLouth gunned out Raburn.
The Orioles (73-65) didn’t score off Cleveland starter Zach McAllister until the fourth on Adam Jones’ 29th home run of the year, and they tied the score in the fifth on Manny Machado’s 13th homer.
Gausman (2-4) relieved Britton and allowed an RBI double to Gomes and threw a wild pitch that scored Carlos Santana.
Bryan Shaw (3-3) got the win for the Indians (74-65). He relieved McAllister in the fifth and pitched a scoreless inning. Cody Allen, Joe Smith and Chris Perez finished up. Perez earned his 22nd save.
The Orioles lost two of three in Boston, New York and Cleveland with 24 games left.