The Baltimore Massacre.

Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli never had an answer tonight as he could only watch from the dugout as his team got battered around no matter who he had pitching.

Clevelands offense looked like an absolute machine as they scored 7 runs on 9 of their hits amassing 15 total. The Tribe bats seemingly so automatic at times that they got 5, 2 out rbi hits...all doubles.

Coco Crisp led off the game with a triple then came around to score on Travis Hafners ground out. Baltimore came right back on starter Jake Westbrook who surrended consecutive walks and a single that loaded the bases for Rafael Palmeiro. Palmeiro wasted no time as he missled a single into centerfield that scored 2 runs. Sal Fasano would touch Westbrook for a solo home run later on but that was it for the orioles who have been struggling terribly after getting off to such a great start.

Jhonny Peralta doubled to start the 3rd inning, Grady Sizemore struck out but Crisp would bring Peralta home with a single. Hafner and Martinez would be retired on ground balls.

The 4th inning saw the indians break the game wide open as Orioles Rookie starter Hayden Penn was torched for 5 earned runs on 80 pitches in 3 2/3 innings. Belliard doubled and advanced to 3rd on a balk, Sizemore doubled to score Belliard and Crisp singled to score Grady.

Crisp had 2 rbi's on 3 hits to raise his average to .292

Jorge Julio. who has played the role of closer at times this season, was brought in and immediately taken out as he allowed 3 runs in less than a third of an inning.

The Indians are chasing this same Baltimore team for the wildcard but even with the win still remain a game and a half behind. Baltimore has dropped 7 of their last 10 including a sweep by the Atlanta braves this past weekend falling 3 games behind the Boston Red Sox.

Note: the Indians remain arguably the hottest team in baseball finishing 17-10 in the month of June. Its their best mark since May of 2001 when they finished the month 19-8.
Jake Westbrook has won his last 3 games improving his record to 6-9 holding an ERA of 4.47. After starting out 0-5, he would only get 1 win in the next 4 games but an anemic offense was the culprit. Despite his record, Jake's outings have looked like an audition for the Cy Young award.