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Indians Try To Avoid Sweep Against Lowly Orioles

(Sports Network) - The Baltimore Orioles hope to continue their resurgence under new manager Buck Showalter this evening, when they shoot for a season- high fifth straight win in the finale of a three-game set with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

The Orioles won for the eighth time in nine chances with Showalter at the helm on Wednesday, as Brad Bergesen gave up just one run on two hits en route to the second complete game of his young career, helping Baltimore to a 3-1 win.

Should Baltimore win again tonight Showalter would match the best 10-game start for a Baltimore manager. Davey Johnson won nine of his first 10 with the team in 1996. Another victory would also give the O's their first three-game sweep in Cleveland since turning the trick from April 10-12, 1987.

Bergesen (4-9) struck out four and walked two to record his first complete game since June 14, 2009 versus Atlanta. The 24-year-old snapped a career-long seven-game losing streak with Wednesday's performance. It was his first win since beating Seattle on May 12.

"I did work behind in counts, I was a little sporadic early on," Bergesen said. "But I really wanted to keep grinding it out and find that groove."

Brian Roberts went 3-for-4 with a solo homer for the Orioles, while Luke Scott and Cesar Izturis each drove in a run.

Josh Tomlin (1-2), making his fourth career start in the big leagues, lasted just five frames, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on 10 hits for the Indians, who have lost four in a row and nine of their last 11 at home.

Luis Valbuena knocked in the lone run for Cleveland, which failed to record an extra-base hit for the first time since June 2 at Detroit, a span of 62 games. It was the longest streak in the majors this year.

Getting the call for the O's tonight will be veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood, who is just 2-11 with a 5.84 earned run average. Millwood is winless in his last six starts and did not get a decision on Saturday against Chicago, despite giving up just a run and four hits in six innings of a 4-2 loss.

Millwood, who pitched the 2005 campaign in Cleveland, is 4-1 in five starts against the Indians with a 3.86 ERA.

Cleveland, meanwhile, will counter with righty Jeanmar Gomez, who will be making his fourth big league appearance. After winning his first two starts Gomez went without a decision on Friday against Minnesota, but surrendered only a run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings of his team's 7-6 win.

"He didn't have his best slider or changeup," Cleveland manager Manny Acta said. "But the movement on his fastball continues to help him, even when he doesn't have his best stuff."

Cleveland took two of three from Baltimore earlier in the season.

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