MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cleveland2 0 5 0 1 1 0 1 0 10140
Baltimore1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 4110
  W: A. Civale (8-2)   L: J. Means (4-2)
1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)2:05 PM CT, June 5, 2021
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 9,969

Orioles seek season-high fourth straight win, face Indians

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Cleveland Indians at Baltimore Orioles

  1. Cleveland went 15-6 against Baltimore between 2017 and 2019, winning five of the six series between the clubs. The Orioles' lone series victory during that span came the last time these teams met, in June 2019 at Camden Yards.
  2. The Indians took two of three against the White Sox in their last series, with all three games decided by two runs or fewer. Cleveland is an MLB-best 17-8 in games decided by two or fewer runs this season. Baltimore has the worst record in the AL in such games at 8-17.
  3. After ending their 14-game losing streak on Tuesday, the O's beat the Twins yesterday to win their first home series of 2021. The seven straight home series without a win to open the year was tied for their longest since moving to Baltimore in 1954 (1988 & 1991).
  4. This season, Jose Ramirez is batting .282 with a 1.048 OPS in Cleveland's wins compared to .225 and .655 in its losses. He has hit all 13 of his home runs in wins and the Indians are 12-0 in games when he homers, the most wins without a loss for any single player this year.
  5. After hitting .211 with one home run through his first 30 games of the season, Ryan Mountcastle is hitting .289 with five home runs in 21 games since. In 13 home games since May 1, he is hitting .347 (17/49) with four homers and 13 RBI.
  6. In two career starts at Camden Yards -- both last year, Keegan Akin pitched 10.1 shutout innings while striking out 17 batters. Making his first career start, J.C. Mejia has allowed only one hit while striking out seven in 5.0 innings over three career appearances.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/4/2021 thru 6/6/2021

The Baltimore Orioles will go for a season-best fourth straight win when they host the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

Baltimore, which lost 14 games to end May, has won three in a row to open June. It marks its third three-game streak of the season.

Orioles left-hander John Means (4-1, 2.05 ERA) opposes Indians right-hander Aaron Civale (7-2, 3.28) in the second of a three-game series.

Means will be starting on the one-month anniversary of his May 5 no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners. He is winless since despite pitching well in three of his four starts, compiling a 3.33 earned run average.

Last time out, Means gave up three runs on five hits over five innings in a 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. It was the first time since April 13 that he failed to pitch at least six innings.

"I was really hoping to pitch better to get the win," Means said. "I should've pitched better, but couldn't get it done today, and I'll just try to do it next time."

Means is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in two career starts against the Indians.

Civale, tied for the American League lead in wins, took a loss in his last start after getting touched for four runs on 10 hits over six innings against the Toronto Blue Jays. He gave up a pair of home runs in the fourth inning.

"Definitely mistakes on my part and they made me pay," Civale said. "That's what happens when you're playing in the big leagues."

Civale has given up three earned runs or fewer in eight of his 11 starts. He has never faced the Orioles.

In the series opener, Ryan Mountcastle hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Orioles rallied for a 3-1 win. It was Mountcastle's seventh homer of the season and third in his past four games.

Mountcastle hit .333 in 35 games as a rookie last season. This year, he was hitting .198 at the end of April, but has gotten hot of late. Over his past 10 games he is hitting .314 with 11 RBIs, raising his season average to .238.

"It's early still and I'm trying to get some confidence up there, and then I'm going to try to do my thing," Mountcastle said. "Right now, I'm feeling pretty good, and I am going to try to keep it rolling."

Mountcastle's homer survived a review after left fielder Eddie Rosario's glove appeared to collide with fans as he attempted to make a catch.

Harold Ramirez tripled home the only run of the game for the Indians, who had won three of four.

It was a rare home run against Indians reliever Bryan Shaw, who entered the game with a 1.25 ERA. He last surrendered a homer on April 9 and had allowed only three runs in 23 appearances, but Mountcastle connected with a 1-2 slider.

"We wanted it away off the plate, but obviously didn't get it there," Shaw said. "It was still a decent pitch down, just kind of right where he was at, right where he wanted it, obviously. Obviously if it's three inches farther out, it's either a swing and miss or a popup."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 5, 2021

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