BALTIMORE -- Since they were selected third and fourth overall in the 2011 Draft, respectively, the career paths of Indians righty Trevor Bauer and Orioles righty Dylan Bundy have taken drastically different routes to Friday's showdown at Camden Yards. Bauer entered with 77 more career starts than Bundy, but it was Bundy who pitched like the more experienced pro in a 5-1 Baltimore win in the series opener.
Making his second career start, Bundy went five innings while allowing one unearned run. Bauer, meanwhile, matched his season high with five runs allowed in four-plus innings.
"That's a real good offensive team over there, so that makes it even more impressive," manager Buck Showalter said. "He was good. He pitched as much as he threw. ... He felt good at the end. Started to give me that, 'I can keep going' look."
After the Orioles' offense scored just six runs in a four-game series against the Yankees, their bats came alive in the first inning. Right fielder Mark Trumbo pummeled a three-run homer with two outs off Bauer to give the O's an early lead they wouldn't relinquish. Manny Machado, who reached base four times, added a leadoff shot in the third to help Baltimore score at least five runs for the first time since July 8. With the win and Boston's loss to Minnesota, the Orioles regained a half-game lead in the American League East.
"They certainly have the ability to hit home runs," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "That's part of why they're good. I just think, especially with these guys, if you pitch behind in the count, it allows them to get extended and get geared up."
The American League Central-leading Indians couldn't figure out Bundy and two Orioles relievers after scoring 18 runs over their past two games. The Tribe's lone run scored with the help of a passed ball and a missed rundown.
O's reliever Odrisamer Despaigne, who came on for Bundy, tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings before Showalter brought on closer Zach Britton to get the final out. Britton picked up his AL-leading 31st save.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Dealin' Dylan: On a night when Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the club is looking to deal for a starter, Bundy provided some hope of what the organization already has. In his second career start, the 23-year-old showed strides from Sunday's starting debut. He set career highs in innings and pitches (87), as he allowed the one unearned run while striking out five over five frames.
"We need more of it," Machado said. "He's on pace to do something special for us, carrying this pitching staff and helping us get to where we need to be. It was impressive what he did today. I know everybody in here was impressed." More >
Bauer busted: The long ball hasn't been a major issue for Bauer this season -- eight in 107 innings entering Friday, and zero games with multiple homers allowed. That wasn't the case against the AL leaders in home runs, as the Orioles took a 4-0 lead with a pair of homers in the first three innings. Bauer allowed five hits and four walks while striking out five before being lifted in the fifth.
"Whenever I pitch against them, it doesn't seem to matter what I throw," Bauer said. "Good for them." More >
Derby power: Since reaching the semifinals of the Home Run Derby, Trumbo hadn't blasted a homer. He ended his post-All-Star break drought in the first inning when Bauer hung a 3-2 curveball with two outs. Trumbo's three-run shot into the left-field seats traveled an estimated 412 feet, per Statcast™, and gave him sole possession of the Major League lead in homers with 29.
Off the hook: Bundy ultimately shut down the Indians, but Cleveland also let a scoring opportunity go by in the second inning. Tyler Naquin, on second after a double, was held at third base following Juan Uribe's one-out single. Abraham Almonte's foul popup didn't make it past the infield, and Chris Gimenez's flyout ended the inning.
"It means a lot. To come home to the type of crowd we had tonight with that enthusiasm and that amount of orange in the stands. ... I remember riding in the bus last night back to the ballpark. I don't know how to phrase it, but it feels good to be home." -- Showalter, on returning home from seven-game road trip
"He just didn't seem to have a lot of life, even in his body. It seems like it's been that way for a couple of starts now. Got to try and fight through that." -- Francona, on Bauer
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With a sacrifice fly in the second inning, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones tied Rafael Palmeiro for seventh all-time in club history with 701 RBIs.
Uribe exited in the seventh inning after being hit in the head by a pitch from Despaigne. The infielder remained on his feet despite the ball hammering the side of his helmet, but he went to the clubhouse moments later. Cleveland announced the initial diagnosis of a head contusion and listed Uribe as day to day. More >
WHAT'S NEXT Indians:Josh Tomlin (10-2, 3.34 ERA) allowed one run on six hits and one walk over 7 2/3 innings for a 6-1 win at the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. The Indians will find out Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET if the extra day's rest affects his impeccable command. The right-hander has issued only 12 walks in 107 2/3 innings this season -- the second-best walks-to-innings ratio in the Majors behind Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Orioles: The O's send right-hander Kevin Gausman (1-7, 4.05) to the mound in the second game of the series on Saturday. Gausman holds a 3.20 ERA over his past four starts, but is just 1-2 in that stretch. The Orioles are averaging 3.28 runs per game in his starts, more than a run less than they are scoring for any other starter with more than two starts.