Inept pitching hands Tribe second straight loss

His debut was superb. His second major league start wasn’t as sharp. Fausto Carmona gave up eight runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Tribe lost to Baltimore Thursday afternoon 9-4. Carmona ran into trouble in the sixth, surrendering six runs in the inning. On the positive side, Victor Martinez hit a home run in his third straight game, extending his hitting streak to a current major league best 15 games. Starter Eric Bedard got the win for the Orioles, becoming the third pitcher in the majors to reach the four-win mark this season. Left-hander Rafael Perez was recalled from Akron to take the place of Matt Miller, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained elbow.

“We didn’t do a particularly good job of executing from a pitching standpoint, and that obviously played into it,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said.

The big inning continues to plague the Indians. Most of their losses this season have resulted when Tribe pitchers have given up three or more runs in a single inning.

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