- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A late afternoon start combined with the Orioles’ inability to string some hits together off Danny Salazar made for a very frustrating day for Buck Showalter.

Salazar struck out 10 over seven-plus innings Saturday in powering the Cleveland Indians to a 2-1 victory over Baltimore.

Third baseman Manny Machado accounted for the Orioles’ lone run on a third-inning homer, which was one of their six hits on the day off Salazar (6-1) and relievers Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen.

“With a 4 o’clock start, you only have about three innings to see the ball well at the plate,” Showalter said. “So, because of the shadows and the wind, you come in knowing runs would be at a minimum, then you add in Salazar, who is a quality pitcher.

“We all understand (the game time) is about money, but it makes it tough,” Showalter added.

A crowd of 24,939 was on hand for Corey Kluber Bobblehead Day, marking the Indians’ fourth-largest attendance of the season.

Those fans went home happy after Baltimore reliever Brad Brach (3-2) allowed a two-out double to Carlos Santana in the sixth, which broke a 1-all tie and plated Jason Kipnis.

Machado had two hits and was the only member of the Orioles to advance past second base.

“Salazar had his fastball and his off-speed working, so he kept us off-balance,” Machado said. “It also was tough to see with the shadows.”

Baltimore right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez went five innings, allowing one run and six hits with a career high-tying six walks. He struck out five and stranded nine runners, but said the 19 mph wind and 61 degree temperature made it difficult to command pitches.

“It was really like the ball had baby powder on it because of the weather,” Jimenez explained. “I found a way to battle and grind out five innings, but it was so dry. I tried to go to my mouth a lot, but by the time I started my windup, (the grip) was already gone.”

Matt Wieters was in the Orioles’ lineup for the second straight day after returning from reconstructive right elbow surgery. The All-Star catcher, who was 2 for 3 with two RBIs Friday, played designated hitter and went 1 for 4.

Brach threw a season-high 2 1-3 innings before left-hander Cesar Cabral picked up the final two outs. Cabral became the 997th player to appear in a game with the franchise since it moved to Baltimore in 1954.

FAMOUS FACES

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and wide receiver Torrey Smith visited with Orioles OF Adam Jones at the ballpark. Both players were in Cleveland for Browns cornerback Joe Haden’s celebrity softball game. “The thing you don’t realize about NFL or NBA players is how big they are in person,” Showalter said. “They’re really physically impressive.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (right shoulder tendinitis), who is on a rehabilitation assignment at Class-A Frederick, could be activated off the 15-day disabled list late next week.

Indians: Scott Atchison (left ankle sprain) will throw a bullpen session Sunday. The 39-year-old RHP, who has a 5.74 ERA in 19 outings, has been on the DL since May 28.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Bud Norris, who is 1-4 with a 9.88 ERA in six starts, will be activated off the DL to pitch the three-game series finale. He has been sidelined with bronchitis since May 10.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco, who has a team-high seven victories, seeks to match his career-long win streak of four. It will be his 100th major league appearance and his 66th start.

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