In his best outing yet as a Major Leaguer, Brian Matusz shut down the Cleveland Indians over seven innings today as the Orioles beat the Tribe 5-2 at Camden Yards to split the four-game series.
Matusz, who retired the first 11 batters he faced today, had a no-hitter through four innings and a shutout through five.
He allowed just four hits and one run over seven frames, throwing 96 pitches. Matusz improves to 3-2, 5.28. This was his longest outing in the Majors and his eight strikeouts is a season-best.
The Orioles took a 4-0 lead in the third inning. Ty Wigginton singled and later scored on an error. Felix Pie hit a two-run homer and Luke Scott added an RBI double.
Pie has homered three times in his last four games and four times over his last seven games.
Grady Sizemore tripled and scored in the Cleveland 6th to cut the O’s lead to 4-1, but the O’s got that run back in the bottom half on Brian Roberts’ sac fly.
The Orioles, who are 6-5 over the last 11 games, improve to 10-19 in August and 32-33 in home games this year.
This homestand continues Monday at 7:05 p.m. as the Orioles host the Yankees in game one of a three-game series.