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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Indians' Luck Fails as Orioles Win 4-2

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The way things were going for the Cleveland Indians, you half expected a ninth-inning drive to bounce off the head of a Baltimore Oriole outfielder and over the fence for a home run, or a fly ball to be pulled into the seats by a fan for a home run, or a wild pitch allowing two runs to score.


But the Team of Destiny turned into the Team of Destitution Monday night, the Indians' string of good fortune running out in Baltimore's 4-2 victory in Game 5 of the American League championship series before 45,068 at Jacobs Field.


Oriole closer Randy Myers gave the folks in Baltimore palpitations with a shaky ninth inning, giving up two runs on four hits, but second baseman Roberto Alomar made a superb play on Omar Vizquel's grounder up the middle with the tying runs on second and third to end the game, as the Orioles staved off elimination.


Cleveland still leads the best-of-seven series, 3-2, but the Indians, who won three consecutive one-run games with the help of several freak plays, must return to Camden Yards for Game 6 Wednesday night and face ace right-hander Mike Mussina, who will oppose Indian right-hander Charles Nagy.


"This series proves that momentum doesn't go game to game, it goes at-bat to at-bat,'' said Oriole center fielder Brady Anderson, who singled and scored in the third inning and made a nice running catch of Marquis Grissom's drive to the warning track in the seventh.


"This has been a great series, every game has been close and has come down to the last out. They have the advantage, but we want to get to Game 7.''


The Orioles almost didn't make it to Game 6. They scored twice in the third inning on Geronimo Berroa's two-run single off Indian starter Chad Ogea and two more in the ninth when Eric Davis homered, Rafael Palmeiro doubled and Cal Ripken singled off reliever Paul Assenmacher for a 4-0 lead.


Scott Kamieniecki, making his first start since Sept. 24, and Jimmy Key combined for eight shutout innings, Kamieniecki giving up four hits over five innings before succumbing to elbow stiffness and Key adding three impressive hitless innings. Manager Davey Johnson then turned to Myers, a.k.a. Mr. Invincible.


But David Justice greeted Myers with a single and Matt Williams doubled to left-center, scoring Justice. Game 4 hero Sandy Alomar Jr. flied to right, but Tony Fernandez doubled down the left-field line, scoring Williams to make it 4-2.