The Baltimore Orioles received a solid outing by right-handed starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
Gonzalez (2-3, 4.53 ERA) had himself a solid start against the Pittsburgh Pirates before taking the mound against the Indians. He went through six innings allowing the Bucs to record seven hits (one home run) and three earned while striking out seven.
Today’s outing from the 29-year-old righty out of Guadalajara, Mexico was a lot better.
Miguel allowed only four hits, two earned runs while striking out four in the victory over Cleveland. It was his second straight win which improved his record to 3-3 and bumping his ERA down just a tad to 4.35. It’s not all that great, but it’s not all that bad at the same time.
Gonzalez received some run support from Steve Pearce, Nelson Cruz and Manny Machado. Cruz finished the game 2-4, launching a solo home run during the fifth inning – it was his 16th home run on the year.
Machado hit only his second home run of the season to lead off the fifth inning, also off Indians starter Trevor Bauer.
It was Machado’s only hit of the ball game.
Pearce recorded a double in those three hits and also picked up his first stolen base of the year. The 31-year-old utility man will more than likely pick up a few more starts in the outfield until Chris Davis returns from paternity leave.
The Orioles improved to 25-23 after the 4-2 win against Cleveland.