- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 13, 2008

CLEVELAND (AP) | Asdrubal Cabrera hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-5 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.

Cabrera had three of Cleveland’s 12 hits and scored two runs as the Indians matched their season-best winning streak. Cabrera also doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning of Cleveland’s 13-8 victory over the Orioles on Monday.

Rafael Perez (2-2) struck out two in 1 2/3 innings, and Jensen Lewis pitched a perfect ninth for his second career save.

The Orioles have allowed 35 runs (33 earned) in the last three games. Baltimore pitchers have given up 45 hits, 10 walks and six homers; hit three batters; and tossed six wild pitches.

Jim Johnson (2-4) plunked pinch-hitter Shin-Soo Choo to start the eighth. Choo advanced on Andy Marte’s sacrifice and scored when Cabrera hit a grounder between Johnson’s legs and into center field. Cabrera went to second on the throw home.

Johnson intentionally walked Grady Sizemore and struck out Jamey Carroll before Ben Francisco singled in Cabrera to make it 7-5.

Garrett Olson allowed five runs, four earned, and nine hits over six innings in his first start against Cleveland.

Olson surrendered two-out RBI singles to Jhonny Peralta, Ryan Garko, Franklin Gutierrez and Marte as the Indians went ahead 4-2 in the first.

Cleveland missed a chance to add to its 5-3 lead in the sixth when Cabrera was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on Sizemore’s double off the wall in left-center.

Baltimore pushed across two runs in the seventh to tie it. Brian Roberts extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI single off reliever Masa Kobayashi. Nick Markakis added a run-scoring single off Perez.

Jeremy Sowers gave up four runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings for the Indians.

Aubrey Huff went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly for Baltimore, snapping his career-high 19-game hitting streak.

- Baltimore tied a season high with four errors. …

Indians manager Eric Wedge said a pitcher will be called up from the minors Wednesday to take the roster spot of right-hander Paul Byrd, who was dealt to Boston. Lefty Zach Jackson, one of the players acquired from Milwaukee in the July 7 trade for CC Sabathia, could get the call.

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