By David Ginsburg
BALTIMORE — Johnny Damon and Asdrubal Cabrera hit three-run homers, Shin-Soo Choo had a solo shot, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Thursday night to end a five-game losing streak.
Recalled from Triple-A Columbus before the game, Cleveland rookie Zach McAllister allowed two runs and seven hits over 5 ⅔innings to earn his second big league win. McAllister (2-1) struck out six and walked one in his fifth career start.
J.J. Hardy homered for the Orioles, who have lost seven of nine. Baltimore has scored only 14 runs during that span and is 3 for 52 with runners in scoring position over the last 10 games, including 1 for 5 in this one.
Orioles rookie Wei-Yin Chen (7-4) gave up six runs, six hits (including two homers) and three walks in 6 ⅓ innings. The six runs, as well as the two homers, matched the most he’s yielded this season.
Indians manager Manny Acta held a closed-door meeting before the game to make sure his players had the proper mind-set following their five-game skid.
Asked what he told the team, Acta replied, “It’s a very long season, a roller coaster where you go up and down. It’s about staying positive, sticking together and just making sure that you do what you’re supposed to do and not panic.”
The Indians responded.
Damon staked Cleveland to a 3-0 lead in the second inning with his fourth home run, a drive to right following a single by Jose Lopez and a walk to Michael Brantley.
Choo hit his seventh homer in the fifth to make it 4-0. Six of his seven home runs have come with no one on base.
In the bottom half, Hardy connected after Ryan Flaherty singled. Hardy, who started the game in a 4-for-41 slump, also doubled in the first inning and finished 2 for 4.
The Indians pulled away in the seventh. After Lou Marson doubled and Choo walked, Luis Ayala replaced Chen and threw a 2-0 pitch that Cabrera drove over the right-field wall.