- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 10, 2008

BALTIMORE | Jeremy Sowers pitched eight innings of four-hit ball, Travis Hafner had two singles in his long-awaited return from the disabled list and the Cleveland Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 on Tuesday night.

Sowers (3-8) gave up one run, struck out seven and walked one. The left-hander was 1-5 with a 7.43 ERA in nine road starts and 0-2 with a 9.50 ERA in four career appearances against the Orioles.

It was the most effective performance of the season by the former No. 1 draft pick, who twice retired 10 consecutive batters. He threw 96 pitches, 72 for strikes.

Hafner went 2-for-4 with a walk in his first game since May 25, when he was placed on the DL with a strained right shoulder. A career .290 hitter, Hafner was batting .217 at the time of the injury.

Cleveland’s Shin-Soo Choo went 0-for-5, ending his 12-game hitting streak and run of 28 straight games reaching base safely.

Ramon Hernandez drove in the lone run for the Orioles, who have lost 14 of 16.

Baltimore starter Radhames Liz (5-5) allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked three, upping his season total to 44 in 65 innings.

Jhonny Peralta hit a two-out RBI single for the Indians in the first inning, and Cleveland made it 2-0 with an unearned run in the third. Peralta reached on a throwing error by third baseman Aubrey Huff, took second on a single by Hafner and scored on a two-out single by Michael Aubrey.

A walk to Asdrubal Cabrera and a triple by David Dellucci produced another run in the fourth. Hernandez hit a run-scoring groundout to get Baltimore within 3-1 in the bottom half.

In the Cleveland fifth, Kelly Shoppach doubled and Andy Marte ended an 11-pitch at-bat — and Liz’s night — with an RBI double.

A sacrifice fly by Cabrera made it 5-1 in the seventh, and Shoppach hit an RBI double in the eighth after Hafner received an intentional walk.

Notes — Baltimore has been outscored 118-82 in the first inning. …

The Indians extended their season-high streak of homerless games to six. …

Hernandez, a catcher by trade, made his first career start at first base. …

Cleveland stranded 13 and went 6-for-19 with runners in scoring position.

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