O's game blog: It's a matchup of 2011 top draft picks at Camden Yards

The Orioles return home tonight to start a six-game homestand. The Cleveland Indians are in town first for a three-game series. The Colorado Rockies follow Cleveland to Camden Yards.

At 54-40, the Orioles trail Boston by a ½ game for first place in the American League East. At 56-38, Cleveland owns the best record in the AL and leads the Central by seven games over Detroit.

The Indians have a 30-14 record (.682) and team ERA of 3.19 since June 1. Cleveland went 22-6 (.786) in June, when the Indians' team ERA was 2.42. The Orioles had a strong June as well, just one not quite as strong at 19-9 (.679). The O's impressive June was built on offense, as the team homered 56 times in the month to set a major league record and averaged 6.6 runs per game. Cleveland has been in first place every day since June 4. This is the Tribe's biggest division lead this late in the year since 2007.

The Orioles are 16-6 versus the AL Central this year and went 2-1 at Cleveland in late May. They won the first game 6-4, lost 11-4 and won the third and deciding game 6-4.

On the mound tonight, Dylan Bundy (2-2, 3.70 ERA) pitches against Cleveland right-hander Trevor Bauer (7-3, 3.36 ERA).

This is a matchup of two top draft picks from 2011. Bauer was taken third overall that year by the Diamondbacks out of UCLA. Bundy was taken fourth by the Orioles out of an Oklahoma high school.

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Bundy allowed four runs on three homers over 3 1/3 innings in his first major league start on Sunday against Tampa Bay. In his previous six games, Bundy allowed one unearned run over 14 1/3 innings with four walks and 19 strikeouts. Bundy picked up his first big league win on May 27 at Cleveland, pitching 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Bauer has made 21 appearances, 14 as a starter. His past two starts, he has allowed nine runs (eight earned) in 11 2/3 innings. In seven road starts, Bauer is 3-1 with a 3.09 ERA. In three career starts versus Baltimore, he is 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA.

The Orioles are 33-14 at home, winning seven of their last eight and 16 of 20 at Oriole Park.

Bowie bound: Two members of the Single-A Frederick Keys were promoted to Double-A Bowie on Thursday, as left-handed reliever Tanner Scott and outfielder Jay Gonzalez moved up.

Scott, ranked as the organization's No. 11 prospect by Baseball America, has a premium velocity fastball that has touched 100 mph. In 29 games with the Keys, he went 4-2 with a 4.47 ERA and five saves. In 48 1/3 innings, Scott walked 42 and fanned 63, allowing a batting average against of just .133. The lefty had a 0.57 ERA in June with a .111 average against.

Gonzalez, meanwhile, is known for his base-stealing ability. The 24-year-old led all O's minor leaguers in steals last season with 34 and has 35 thefts this season with Frederick. A 10th-round pick in 2014, Gonzalez has hit .243 over 76 games with 15 doubles, three triples, one homer and 27 RBIs. He ranks in the top 10 in all of minor league baseball in stolen bases.

Orioles lineup vs. Indians
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