Indians 9, Orioles 6, Sunday Afternoon - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Indians 9, Orioles 6, Sunday Afternoon

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Trot Nixon went 5-for-5 with four RBIs, C.C. Sabathia remained unbeaten despite allowing nine hits, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-6 Sunday.

Casey Blake and Jason Michaels each drove in two runs for the Indians, who finished with a season-high 16 hits. Cleveland has won 11 of 14 despite dropping the first two games of the series that concludes Monday.

Sabathia (5-0) allowed three runs, struck out nine and walked one in seven innings. The left-hander is 5-0 with a 2.39 ERA in nine career appearances against the Orioles.

Nixon was 1-for-15 this season against left-handed pitchers before getting two hits apiece against Brian Burres and Kurt Birkins. He added his career-high fifth hit in the eighth -- an RBI single -- against right-hander Todd Williams.

Signed as a free agent in January after spending his entire career with Boston, Nixon upped his batting average 49 points to .320.

Ramon Hernandez had four hits and four RBIs for the Orioles. He has driven in eight runs in his last two games and has 14 RBIs in nine games this season.

After Hernandez's RBI single in the ninth, Joe Borowski got one out for his 11th save in 12 chances.

Making his first major league start, Burres (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings. He struck out the side on 15 pitches in the first inning, then let nine of the next 16 batters reach base.

Down 3-1, the Indians took the lead for good with a four-run fourth. Ryan Garko singled before Jhonny Peralta hit a grounder that nicked the back of the infield grass and took a crazy bounce past third baseman Melvin Mora for a single. Nixon followed with an RBI single, and Blake walked to load the bases.

Josh Barfield popped out on a 3-1 count, but Grady Sizemore chased Burres with an RBI single. Michaels then greeted Birkins with a two-run double off the left-field wall.

Cleveland made it 8-3 in the fifth. After Birkins hit Garko with a pitch and walked Peralta, Nixon doubled in a run and Blake hit a two-run double.

Baltimore loaded the bases with one out in the sixth before Sabathia struck out Kevin Millar on a 3-2 pitch. Corey Patterson then hit a drive to right-center, but Sizemore ran it down and snagged the ball with a last-second dive.

Sabathia concluded his performance with a perfect seventh.

In the Baltimore eighth, Nick Markakis hit a sacrifice fly and Millar singled in a run off Fernando Cabrera.

Cleveland opened the scoring in the second inning. Victor Martinez led off with a walk, advanced to second on Peralta's one-out single and scored on Nixon's base hit to center.

Hernandez hit a three-run double to put Baltimore up 3-1 in the third.
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