Wieters, Jones lead Orioles past Indians 5-2
CLEVELAND (AP) Matt Wieters knows how to complete a comeback.
Wieters, playing his first game in over a year after elbow surgery, had two hits and two RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-2 on Friday night.
''I felt like I was back to what I love doing,'' Wieters said. ''It was a great feeling. It makes you think of all the hard work and that had to go into just getting back here.''
Adam Jones hit a tie-breaking home run in the sixth and Chris Tillman (3-7) won for the first time since April 18, allowing two runs in 6 1-3 innings.
Wieters' double over the head of left fielder David Murphy in the fourth scored Chris Davis for the game's first run. He added a single in the sixth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
The three-time All-Star catcher played for first time since May 10 of last season, when he was shut down because of a sore right elbow. Wieters had Tommy John surgery on June 17, which was followed by a long recovery period. He spent time at extended spring training and on a minor league rehab assignment before re-joining the Orioles.
Wieters admitted to feeling some nerves as he prepared for the game.
''I had a little bit of a heartbeat going, but I felt pretty calm, pretty comfortable,'' he said. ''I think my first rehab game actually had a little more of a heartbeat going.''
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was impressed.
''We didn't need Matt to have a good game to remind us what he's capable of,'' Showalter said. ''I'm glad for him and his family to feel good about tonight. It's been a long journey for him.''
Jones' leadoff homer in the sixth off Shaun Marcum (2-1) landed in the left field bleachers and broke a 2-2 tie. Jones added an RBI triple in the eighth.
Jones also hit a tie-breaking homer - his first in 84 at-bats - in the eighth inning Thursday against Houston that broke a five-game losing streak.
Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 15th save, which led to the best moment of the night for Wieters.
''It was nice to get the first win out of the way,'' he said. ''That's what you miss the most. You don't miss the individual things. You miss getting to go through the line shaking hands after the game.''
Tillman took a one-hit shutout into the fifth before the Indians tied the game on RBI singles by Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley. Tillman's previous seven starts had produced some tough numbers: The right-hander was 0-6 with a 6.10 ERA.
Ryan Flaherty had an RBI single in the fourth.
Major League Baseball upheld Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz's eight-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game, but Baltimore's bullpen pitched 2 2-3 shutout innings.
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Baltimore RHP Bud Norris (bronchitis) will be activated off the 15-day disabled list and start Sunday against the Indians. Norris went 1-4 with a 9.88 ERA in six starts prior to falling ill.
Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy (sore left side) started for the first time since May 31. He didn't start in any of the four games in Houston, but was a defensive replacement Thursday.
Indians: Brantley, who has been dealing with a sore back since spring training, was the DH for the second straight game.
Orioles: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, who helped pitch Cleveland to the playoffs in 2013, will look for his third win in four starts Saturday. He got a no-decision against Houston on Monday, allowing two runs and striking out eight in six-plus innings.
Indians: RHP Danny Salazar lost his only career appearance against the Orioles last season, allowing two runs in five innings. He's 2-0 in three starts at Progressive Field this season.