October 30, 2014

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Tribe: Fifth inning is key, Orioles beat Indians 7-3

BALTIMORE — Chris Davis drove in the tiebreaking run on a fielder’s choice grounder in a wild five-run fifth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Indians on Thursday night.

The Orioles used six hits and two errors to erase a 3-2 deficit in the fifth, salvaging a split in the four-game series. The inning also included the ejection of Manny Machado and saw Adam Jones called out on the go-ahead grounder for sliding wide of second base to break up a potential double play that wound up plating the go-ahead run.

Chris Perez

Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy also had RBIs during the comeback.

Miguel Gonzalez (6-3) won for the fourth time in five decisions. He allowed three runs on nine hits over 6 ⅔ innings, walking none and matching a career high with nine strikeouts.

In other Tribe news, Chris Perez has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Perez was sidelined May 27 with right shoulder soreness. While he was out, he and his wife were charged with misdemeanor drug possession after marijuana was mailed to their Ohio home in their dog’s name.

Both have pleaded not guilty. Perez declined to speak with reporters Thursday at Camden Yards.

Indians manager Terry Francona says Perez’s return will strengthen the bullpen by allowing other relievers to return to their previous roles.

The Indians also traded infielder John McDonald, designated for assignment Wednesday, to the Philadelphia Phillies for cash or a player to be named.

To make room for Perez on the 25-man roster, left-hander T.J. House was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.