B ALTIMORE (AP) - A milestone hit and three home runs weren't enough to prevent the Baltimore Orioles from absorbing another deflating loss.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Grady Sizemore homered, Lonnie Chisenhall singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat Baltimore 6-5 Friday night to extend the Orioles' losing streak to nine games - matching Buck Showalter's longest skid as a big league manager.
Baltimore made up deficits of 1-0, 3-2 and 5-3 but still reached its season high for consecutive losses. The Orioles have also dropped 14 of 15 and 23 of 29.
At this juncture, there is no satisfaction in coming close. Only a victory will ease the pain.
``I think our guys are more interested in the finished product right now,' Showalter said.
The only other time Showalter lost nine straight during his 13-year career as a manager was in 2003, with Texas.
Nick Markakis got his 1,000th career hit, a third-inning single that enabled the 27-year-old to become the 14th player to reach the plateau in an Orioles uniform. But it came in another losing effort.
Baltimore also got homers from Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold and Matt Wieters.
It hardly mattered.
Orioles starter Jake Arrieta allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks in five innings before leaving with the score tied. It was the fourth straight start in which he failed to go more than five innings.
``When you only put up two zeros and you only get through five, it's kind of an indication things didn't go very well,' the right-hander said.
Unfortunately for the Orioles, it was not an unusual performance by their struggling pitching staff. Baltimore has allowed 76 runs during the losing streak, including four games in which the opposition scored at least 10.
The Orioles were without designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, who missed a second straight game with a fractured bone in his right hand. The injury occurred when he was hit by a pitch Sunday in Boston.
Wieters homered in Guerrero's customary cleanup spot and Reimold connected as the DH, but it wasn't enough offense to overcome Cleveland's 12 hits.
Michael Brantley had three hits for the Indians, who improved to 5-0 against Baltimore this season and solidified their grip on first place in the AL Central.
Cleveland went ahead for good in the sixth against Jim Johnson (5-3). Matt LaPorta ended up on second base with a double after Felix Pie failed to catch his sinking liner to left, and Chisenhall lined an RBI single to right.
Then the Indians' bullpen took over, keeping the Orioles hitless the rest of the way.
Chad Durbin and Rafael Perez worked the sixth, Joe Smith took care of the seventh, Vinnie Pestano handled the eighth and All-Star closer Chris Perez finished for his 22nd save in 23 chances.
``They have a number of guys who do what they're asked to do and get the people out they're asked to get out,' Showalter said.
Cleveland's Josh Tomlin (11-4) became the first major leaguer since 1919 to go at least five innings in each of his first 31 appearances. But he also gave up a career-high three homers.
``Every mistake I made, they put a good swing on it tonight,' he said.
The bullpen, however, was untouchable.
``I don't like going five, having them cover four innings like that,' Tomlin said. ``But they've done a great job all year.'
Cleveland went up 1-0 in the second inning when Sizemore doubled and came home on a single by LaPorta. In the bottom half, Wieters led off with his ninth homer and Reimold connected with two outs.
The lead quickly vanished. Brantley led off the third with a single and Cabrera drove a 2-0 pitch into the front row of the left-field seats. It was his 16th homer of the season, the second in two games.
Jones doubled in a run in the Orioles' half to tie it.
Sizemore put Cleveland ahead in the fifth with a two-run shot to center, but Jones matched that in the bottom half with a no-doubt drive that traveled an estimated 424 feet.
It was Baltimore's last hit.
``We played a better game than we did last night,' said Jones, referring to an 8-4 defeat on Thursday. ``But we still lost. So it's still the same result to me.'
NOTES: The Indians have scheduled RHP Jeanmar Gomez to pitch on Sunday, but he's not on the roster. Thus, a player will have to be dropped when he's added. ... Arrieta remained 5-0 against the AL Central this season. ... Cleveland's Travis Buck went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
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