The Birds just missed out on a four-game sweep, falling to Cleveland 3-1 on Monday night.
Tommy Hunter turned in another quality start, allowing just three runs on eight hits over seven innings, walking none while striking out four. But Hunter (4-5) was tagged with the loss, as the O's offense struggled to get anything going offensively.
The Birds grounded into three double plays and twice made base-running blunders. The Birds had a real chance to tie the game or even take the lead in the eighth, but Nick Markakis missed the stop sign and was caught up between third and home. Instead of two in scoring position and one out, the O's had a man on third with two outs and failed to score. The Indians tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the frame...
The Orioles wrapped-up the eight-game road trip with a 5-3 record and are still in sole possession of second place in the east. The Birds are back in Baltimore for six games and kick it off with three against the third-place Rays tonight...Wei-Yin Chen takes the mound.