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Indians Pound Orioles, 10-1

BALTIMORE (AP) - Travis Hafner hit a grand slam and Fausto Carmona allowed one unearned run in seven innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-1 Monday to earn a split of the four-game series.

The Indians broke open a tie game with a four-run seventh inning before Hafner hit his ninth career grand slam in the eighth off Jamie Walker. Jhonny Peralta added a solo shot in the ninth.

Grady Sizemore doubled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh and Trot Nixon capped the burst with a two-run single. Nixon's three-hit game followed a 5-for-5 performance on Sunday.

Carmona (3-1) was sent the minors two days after beating Baltimore on April 29 because there was no room for the right-hander in the Cleveland rotation. But an injury to Jake Westbrook opened the door for his recall, and Carmona responded with another fine effort against the Orioles.

Starting for the fifth time this season, Carmona allowed seven hits, struck out two and walked one. Only one of Baltimore's hits was for extra bases, a triple by Brian Roberts after third baseman Casey Blake received an error for dropping his two-out foul pop.

Orioles starter Steve Trachsel gave up one run and six hits in six innings. After his departure, the Indians ripped through a Baltimore bullpen that during the offseason received a $42 million makeover.

David Dellucci got it started with a pinch-single off Chad Bradford (0-1). Josh Barfield singled, and Sizemore greeted John Parrish with an RBI double. After Blake received an intentional walk to load the bases and Hafner struck out, Parrish walked Victor Martinez to force in a run and Nixon lined a single to center.

With eight hits in two games, Nixon lifted his batting average 67 points to .338.

Early in the game, pitching dominated.

The Indians got a run in the third when Josh Barfield hit a one-out single, stole second and scored on a singly by Sizemore.

Baltimore tied it with an unearned run in fourth. After Aubrey Huff reached on a two-out throwing error by Barfield from second base, Melvin Mora got an infield hit and scored on a single by Jay Payton. A walk loaded the bases for Corey Patterson, who hit into a fielder's choice.

Cleveland missed a chance to take the lead in the sixth. Hafner drew a leadoff walk and went to third on a single by Trot Nixon, who moved to second on a wild pitch. Ryan Garko followed with a fly ball to right, and Nick Markakis uncorked a fine throw to gun down Hafner at the plate. Notes: The Indians have won 12 of 15. ... The Orioles purchased the contract of RHP Jon Leicester from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned LHP Brian Burres to the same club. ... Baltimore has yielded four grand slams this season. The Orioles led the league in that department last year.

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