BALTIMORE(AP) There have been times this season when
looked every bit like a rookie trying to learn to play baseball at the highest level.
There have also been games in which Wieters displayed the potential that prompted the
to make him the fifth overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft.
on Friday night, Wieters put on a performance that definitely fit into the latter category. The switch-hitting catcher went
3 for 4, doubled twice and drove in a career-high four runs in a 13-4 rout.
''I was sort of able to get into a little rhythm, which I haven't had to the extent I had it tonight,'' Wieters said. ''So
I can build on that and move forward.''
Wieters lifted his batting average nine points to .272 and increased his RBI total to 26, modest numbers for 64 games but
plenty good enough for a 23-year-old in his second professional season.
''Hopefully he's feeling a little more comfortable. He's swinging the bat good,'' Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. ''They're
pitching him away and he's hitting it over there from both sides. Then they pitched him in tonight and he turned on it down
the line. That's great for him.''
It was the first time Wieters had more than two RBIs in a game, and only the third time he got more than two hits.
''It will be good to see how they're going to pitch you this last month,'' he said, ''to find out the things you really need
to work on in the offseason.''
each had a homer and three RBIs and
scored three runs for Baltimore, now 13-28 since the All-Star break. The Orioles trailed 2-0 in the second before scoring
six runs over a four-inning stretch against
(4-11) won his second straight start, allowing two runs, five hits and three walks in five innings. The rookie twice worked
out of bases-loaded jams by retiring
on fly balls.
After the second one, a sizzling liner to right on the right-hander's 97th and final pitch, Berken looked skyward with relief
as he headed toward the dugout.
Like Wieters, he hopes to end his rookie season with a flourish.
''I feel very fortunate for the opportunities that I've had, but now it's time for me to finish strong this last month and
to continue to pitch well, continue to get better,'' he said.
homered for the Indians, who stranded 13 and went 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
''We left some runners on out there today when it was still a close ballgame,'' manager
said. ''I felt like we had some decent ABs, but we didn't have much to show for it. Then it really got away from us at the
The Orioles used a three-run fourth to go up 5-2. Successive doubles by Scott and Wieters produced a run before
hit an RBI grounder and Pie doubled in a run.
chased Carmona with an RBI single in the fifth.
Carmona, who gave up six runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings, said, ''A couple of pitches missed and I got some groundballs
that nobody (caught). I'll keep going for next time.''
Wedge said, ''I think he's still a work in progress. That's why we're going to keep sending him out there every fifth day.''
After LaPorta homered in the sixth, Pie connected off
in the bottom half. Lewis then walked the bases loaded before Wieters hit a two-run single.
Pie hit an RBI single in the seventh, but got a cramp running to first base and was removed from the game. Later in the inning,
Markakis added a three-run homer off
NOTES: The start of the game was delayed 56 minutes by rain. ... Orioles CF
missed a fifth straight game with back spasms. He is expected back Saturday. ...
was hit by a pitch, increasing Cleveland's major league lead in HBPs to 75. ... Markakis, who came in 1 for 14 lifetime against
Carmona, went 2 for 3 against the right-hander. ... Cleveland has homered in seven straight games, tying a season high.