- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Getting back to .500 has proved to be an elusive pursuit for the Cleveland Indians.

The pattern continued with Sunday’s 7-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. For the third time in a week, the Indians (27-29) failed to reach .500 for the first time since they were 2-2 on April 10.

Cleveland’s problems at Progressive Field also persisted. After winning 48 games and having the third-best home record in the American League last season, the Indians dropped to 11-16 at home, tied for the second-fewest home wins in the AL.

Carlos Carrasco had his shortest non-injury start of the season, allowing five runs in four-plus innings. The right-hander struggled to command his fastball most of the day.

“I didn’t have my best stuff today and had to use my slider more,” Carrasco said. “They saw that and got a lot of hits.”

Carrasco started the fifth, but manager Terry Francona and a trainer went to the mound after the third pitch to Matt Wieters. Carrasco remained in the game, but was removed after Wieters tripled.

Francona said he saw Carrasco shaking his left arm and wanted to make sure he was OK. Carrasco said he was stretching his arm after sitting for a long time in the fourth inning.

“Pretty much the whole day he didn’t seem to have good stuff,” Francona said. “His secondary pitches didn’t have the bite, and his delivery didn’t seem to have that normal energy. It was a fight the whole way.”

Adam Jones homered with two outs in the first to help the Orioles take two of three in the series. Manny Machado and Travis Snider had RBIs in a three-run fourth.

Bud Norris (2-4), activated from the disabled list before the game after missing a month with bronchitis, allowed one run and struck out seven in five innings to win for the first time since April 26.

Wieters hit a home run in the ninth, his first since May 1, 2014. The All-Star catcher, who returned Friday from Tommy John surgery last season, was 5 for 12 with three RBIs in the series.

“It feels good to put good swings on balls,” Wieters said. “It’s always nice at the beginning of the year, for me this is the beginning of the year, to get all those zeros off the categories. Hopefully I’ll get another home run before I get another triple.”

In the Cleveland fourth, David Murphy doubled and scored on Brandon Moss’ double. Norris hit Nick Swisher with a pitch but retired the next three hitters.

Ryan Raburn, who entered in the seventh, drove in the other two runs for the Indians. He grounded out with the bases loaded in the seventh and singled home Jason Kipnis in the ninth.


Late Sunday night, the Indians sent the struggling left side of their infield to the minors.

Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and shortstop Jose Ramirez were both optioned to Triple-A Columbus and the club recalled infielders Giovanny Urshela and Zach Walters.

Chisenhall is batting just .209 (22 of 80) in 52 games and Ramirez is hitting .180 with a .247 on-base percentage. He wasn’t in the lineup Sunday and has started only two of the past six games.

There was speculation the club would bring up shortstop Francisco Lindor, the organization’s top prospect, but he’s staying - for now - with the Clippers.

Urshela will make his major league debut Tuesday against Seattle.


Kipnis went 3 for 5 and has hit safely in his past 18 home games, tied for the second-longest streak since the ballpark opened in 1994.


Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop (sprained right knee) is working out at the team’s spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida.

Indians: OF Michael Brantley was given the day off. He’s been dealing with a sore back since spring training. The Indians don’t play Monday and Francona wanted to give Brantley two days off in a row.


Orioles: After an off day, the Orioles open a three-game series at Camden Yards against Boston on Tuesday. RHP Miguel Gonzalez will face the Red Sox in the opener.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber will pitch Tuesday against Seattle. He struck out 13 in seven innings in a 5-3 win at Safeco Field on May 28.

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