BALTIMORE (AP) — Frustrated after a rare road defeat, Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer offered a two-sentence assessment of a lost afternoon.
“It’s hard to win when you score zero runs,” Bauer said. “It’s equally hard to win when your starter gives up four runs.”
Bauer yielded two home runs for the first time this season, and Cleveland managed only four hits in falling to the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 Sunday in the opener of a split doubleheader.
Ubaldo Jimenez (7-3) struck out seven, walked none and allowed only one runner past first base during his eight-inning stint. After going 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA last year, the right-hander leads the team in wins, strikeouts and owns a solid 3.09 ERA.
“That was the Ubaldo we’ve seen when he was good. It just seemed we were 0-1, 1-2 all day,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “We’ve seen a lot of him nibbling when he’s off. We’ve also seen him a lot like this.”
Brian Matusz and Chaz Roe each issued a walk in the ninth.
Jimenez outpitched Trevor Bauer (6-5), who gave up four runs, five hits and a walk over seven innings.