Baltimore Orioles left-hander Wade Miley was able to limit the damage after a rocky first inning, but the Orioles failed to score a run for the seventh time this season, dropping the series opener to the Cleveland Indians, 5-0, in Cleveland, Sept. 8.
The loss puts Baltimore at 71-70, 2.5 games back from the Minnesota Twins for a wild-card spot. Both the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Texas Rangers are also ahead of the Orioles in the wild-card race.
The loss was the Orioles' third out of the last four and makes them 27-40 on the road this season.
The Indians, however, made this game No. 16 on their winning streak and lead the AL Central Division by 11.5 games.
Miley surrendered a three-run home run to Cleveland designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning, but Miley did not allow a hit again until the fourth. He was lifted from his 102-pitch outing in the sixth inning after first baseman Carlos Santana hit a lofty RBI double down the right field line, barely catching the chalk.
The score became 4-0, and Miley's night ended, amassing to four runs on six hits in 5.2 innings. He walked three and struck out four.
After throwing six scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers Sept. 1, Cleveland right-hander Mike Clevinger did it again against the Orioles, allowing just three hits. Clevinger also struck out seven, the biggest one perhaps coming in the third inning, when he struck out second baseman Jonathan Schoop while runners were on the corners.
With the loss, the Orioles have now lost four out of five games against the Indians this season.
Thanks to an 0-4 night, Schoop's .893 OPS, which had been 26th in all of MLB entering the game, dropped to .887.
Outfielders Adam Jones and Trey Mancini and third baseman Manny Machado were the only Orioles to register hits in the contest, all of which were singles. Mancini had two of the hits.
Gabriel Ynoa (3.68 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) is slated to take the mound for the Orioles Sept. 9 and will face Josh Tomlin (5.20 ERA, 1.29 WHIP).