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Masterson Is Being Masterful Again, Tribe Restores Four-Run Cushion On Pronk's Homer

The Baltimore Orioles, after allowing four runs in the third inning, immediately rallied in the fourth off of Justin Masterson, but Masterson minimized the damage and then kept the Orioles off the board in the fifth and sixth innings, and Travis Hafner’s two-out drive to right-center in the bottom of the sixth has restored the Indians’ lead to four runs. Cleveland leads 5-1 headed to the seventh.

Brian Roberts led off the fourth with Baltimore’s first hit. A fielder’s choice out from Nick Markakis preceded a Derrek Lee single, and then, with two outs, Luke Scott plated an Orioles’ run with a base hit. Masterson bore down with runners at the corners and retired Adam Jones to leave the Tribe’s lead at 4-1, and it stayed that way until the sixth.

In the top of the sixth Robers again led off with a hit, and Lee once again reached with one out, on Masterson’s first walk of the night, but Justin retired Vladimir Guerrero and Luke Scott to get out of the inning without any damage being done.

In the bottom half of the same inning. Hafner hit his drive out of the park to right-center, and heading to the last three innings, the Indians are nine outs shy of ending their two-game slide and dealing Baltimore its fifth straight loss.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.