Two days into the final month of the baseball season the bats are back — and so are the smiles — in the Orioles clubhouse.
Opening their three-game series in Cleveland on Monday Indians right-hander Justin Masterson was pulled in the second inning with rib-cage soreness forcing Cleveland to fill eight innings minus their ace.
The Orioles jumped on the Indians bullpen early and right-hander Bud Norris recorded the win as he led the Orioles to a 7-2 victory over Cleveland in front of an announced 15020 at Progressive Field.
After opening their road trip losing four of five and back-to-back series in Boston and New York the Orioles are 2 1/2 games out of the second American League wild-card spot after Monday’s win.
The Yankees’ 9-1 win over Chicago kept the Orioles a 1/2 game up over New York in the wild-card race but the Orioles are now 1 1/2 games ahead of the reeling Indians (72-65) losers of five of their last six.
Norris won his career-high 10th game of the season holding the ...