In Sunday's pivotal series finale, a determined Cleveland Indians squad kept things rolling offensively with an impressive 6-2 win over Baltimore at Camden Yards.
Cleveland pitcher Justin Masterson was the main story of the afternoon, as the talented righty cruised through seven innings of two-run ball (one earned) to bring his season ERA all the way down to 3.92. Masterson chipped in seven strikeouts on the day as well, and managed to fan six of Baltimore's nine starters at least once at the plate.
With their strong performance in game four, the Indians capped off a masterful series offensively in Baltimore at a key time in the season. In addition to scoring 32 runs over the four-game set, Cleveland batters recorded a whopping 55 hits overall against Orioles pitching, and will head into the All-Star break on a literal tear offensively.
Indians outfielder Shelley Duncan provided the bulk of the offense against Baltimore starter Brian Matusz on Sunday, as he followed his solo home run in the second inning with an RBI double two frames later. Duncan finished 3-for-4 on the afternoon, and was successful in blasting a ball into the outfield seats for the second consecutive game.
Next up for the Indians is a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels that begins Monday and wraps up on the July 4th holiday. Cleveland right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will get the ball to face Jered Weaver to kick off the series in game one, as the Indians will aim for their third straight victory.