- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 9, 2008

BALTIMORE | Aubrey Huff hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run sixth inning as the Baltimore Orioles ended an eight-game losing streak by defeating the Cleveland Indians 14-3 on Monday night.

Luke Scott, Adam Jones and Ramon Hernandez also homered for the Orioles, who had lost 13 of 14. Jones ended an 0-for-16 skid with three hits and four RBI.

Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs for the Indians, and Shin-Soo Choo had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Choo has reached safely in 28 straight games since Aug. 25.

Baltimore trailed 3-2 before sending 10 batters to the plate in the sixth. After two walks and a single loaded the bases with no outs, Fausto Carmona (8-6) struck out Lou Montanez. Pinch-hitter Oscar Salazar then bounced a two-run single to left, and Salazar was removed after walking Brian Roberts to reload the bases.

Jones greeted Juan Rincon with an RBI single, and after Nick Markakis struck out, Huff drove a 2-0 pitch into the right-field seats for his fourth career grand slam. It was the 11th slam allowed by Cleveland, a club record and the most in the majors.

Huff missed Baltimore’s previous two games to be with his wife, who gave birth to the couple’s first child. He has 31 homers and 102 RBI this season; his career highs are 34 and 107 with Tampa Bay in 2003.

Jones hit a three-run homer, and Hernandez added a two-run shot in the eighth, both off Brendan Donnelly.

Orioles starter Garrett Olson (9-7) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. The left-hander was 0-2 with an 11.81 ERA in his previous four starts.

After Cleveland got a two-out RBI double from Cabrera in the second, a run-scoring grounder by Scott tied the game in the bottom half.

The Indians went up 3-1 in the fourth. Choo and Ryan Garko singled and moved up on a bunt before Cabrera hit an RBI single and Franklin Gutierrez followed with a sacrifice fly.

Scott hit his 22nd homer, the first since Aug. 17, in the bottom half. The solo shot was the 48th in the history of Camden Yards - Scott’s second this season - to sail over the right-field scoreboard and land on Eutaw Street.

Notes - Cleveland outfielder Grady Sizemore, stuck in a 1-for-13 skid, was given the night off. … Cleveland had won 11 of 12 on the road. … Carmona is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA vs. Baltimore this season.

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