BALTIMORE — After six straight wins, Indians manager Terry Francona isn’t about to get stressed out over a loss.
Josh Tomlin yielded a season-high three homers in 4 2⁄3 innings and no Indians pitcher could get Manny Machado out Tuesday night in a 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
“Nobody wants to lose, but I don’t think this loss will affect tomorrow,” Francona said.
The Indians were leading until Machado took over, going 4-for-4 with two home runs and four runs batted in.
After absorbing a 12-0 defeat Monday, Baltimore fell behind 5-2 before rallying to win for only the fourth time in 13 games.
“Coming back from the game we had (Monday) night — they really took it to us — it was good to come out ahead against a real good team,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Machado hit a solo homer in the first inning and tied it with a three-run drive in the fifth. Then, in the seventh, Machado doubled off Bryan Shaw (1-2) and scored on a double by Adam Jones.
Machado’s first four-hit game since August lifted his batting average 13 points to .227.
“Just happy I was able to do something for us today,” Machado said. “We played great baseball. That’s what we’ve got to keep doing, picking each other up.”
It was Machado’s home run in the fifth that bothered Tomlin most. It came on a cutter with two on.
“I didn’t execute a pitch and it changed the game,” Tomlin said.
Miguel Castro (1-0) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to earn his first big league victory.
Brad Brach pitched the ninth for his 13th save, retiring Yan Gomes on a deep fly ball with runners on the corners and two outs.
Orioles starter Chris Tillman allowed five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings, but Baltimore’s comeback enabled him to avoid losing a sixth straight start.
Asked to sum up his outing, Tillman uttered three words: “Not very good.”
The Orioles allowed at least five runs in a 17th consecutive game. That’s the longest run in AL history and just three short of the dubious major league record of 20 set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies.
Edwin Encarnacion homered for the Indians, whose season-high winning streak thrust the team into first place in the AL Central.
Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez hit two singles to become the first Indians player to have at least two hits in eight straight games since Kenny Lofton in June 1996. On Monday, Ramirez set a modern-day record with 14 extra-base hits over a seven-day span.
Actor Michael Kelly, who plays White House chief of staff Doug Stamper on “House of Cards,” threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Kelly said he “practiced all week” for his big moment — then short-hopped the throw to the plate.
- The Orioles transferred closer Zach Britton (forearm strain) to the 60-day DL, a move that allowed the team to select the contract of OF Craig Gentry from Triple-A Norfolk and add him to the 40-man roster. Britton went on the DL on May 5 and isn’t expected to return until just before the All-Star break.
- Baltimore also recalled LHP Donnie Hart from Triple-A Norfolk, and optioned INF David Washington and LHP Vidal Nuno to Norfolk.
Indians: OF Brandon Guyer (sprained wrist) went 1-for-2 in his third rehab outing for Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday afternoon. He’s 3-for-6 with a home run and two walks since his assignment began.
** RHP Danny Salazar (shoulder soreness) threw a bullpen session Monday and did some fielding drills Tuesday, Francona said.
Orioles: Britton began his rehabilitation assignment with a scoreless inning for Class-A Aberdeen.
** Darren O’Day (right shoulder strain) could come off the DL on Friday if all goes well after his simulated game today.
Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (7-3, 3.21 ERA) makes his first start at Camden Yards since 2014 tonight. He’s 5-1 with a 2.89 ERA away from home this season.
Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (3-6, 6.60 ERA) starts for the Orioles. In 15 starts, he’s made it through seven innings only once.