- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 12, 2008

CLEVELAND (AP) | Asdrubal Cabrera homered, then doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Cleveland Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles 13-8 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.

The Indians took an early 5-0 lead but fell behind 8-7. Cleveland scored three times in the seventh, and Ben Francisco and Andy Gonzalez homered in the eighth.

Cabrera and four teammates each drove in two runs as the Indians opened a 10-game homestand. The matchup of last-place teams marked the first time Cleveland and Baltimore had met since May 7, 2007 - the Indians played 12 interleague games against Cincinnati over that span.

Nick Markakis had three hits and drove in four runs for Baltimore, which took an 8-7 lead in a five-run seventh.

Pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Rocky Cherry (0-1) in the bottom half tied it. Jamie Walker replaced Cherry, and Cabrera got an RBI double when his sharp grounder went off the glove of third baseman Melvin Mora and into left field. Grady Sizemore’s RBI groundout made it 10-8.

Edward Mujica (1-1) got one out for his first major league win. He came on with the bases loaded and a 7-3 lead but in the span of four pitches yielded a bases-loaded triple to Markakis and sacrifice fly to Melvin Mora to make it 8-7.

Cleveland took a 5-0 lead off Dennis Sarfate, a converted reliever making his fourth career start.

Sizemore walked and scored on a triple by David Dellucci to open the Indians’ four-run first. Francisco and Sal Fasano had RBI singles and Ryan Garko a bases-loaded sacrifice fly.

Cabrera hit his fourth homer to start the second.

Brian Roberts drove in one run with a groundout, and Markakis had an RBI double off Indians starter Fausto Carmona to make it 5-2 in the third.

Aubrey Huff extended his hitting streak to 19 games by hitting his 24th homer in the fourth. Roberts’ RBI single in the seventh made it 7-4 and put his hitting streak at 13 games.

Carmona yielded seven runs over 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander, a 19-game winner a year ago, spent more than two months on the disabled list with a strained left hip. He is 1-2 with a 10.42 ERA in four starts since being activated July 26.

Francisco hit a solo homer, and Gonzalez a two-run shot in the eighth.

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