BALTIMORE(AP) Because they hadn't played the
before Thursday, the
can be forgiven for not knowing about
's ability to deliver in the clutch.
Now, it seems, they get it.
Marte hit a three-run homer following a long rain delay, his second game-winning shot in three games, and the Indians pulled
out a 5-3 victory Saturday night.
Cleveland trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning when umpires called for the tarp. A delay of 1 hour, 37 minutes followed;
much of the down time centered upon clearing out around two feet of standing water from each dugout.
In the sixth,
(0-2) replaced rookie
and immediately struck out
followed with singles, and Marte homered to left on a full count.
On Thursday night, Marte hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth on a 3-2 pitch.
''I'm just getting good pitches,'' Marte said. ''He just made a mistake and I got a good swing on it. ... He threw it right
around where I wanted.''
Ray, who had allowed only one earned run in his previous 18 innings, said, ''We went to 3-2 and I didn't want to just groove
a fastball right there. I ended up throwing a slider and he hit it over the fence.''
Peralta also homered for the Indians, who showed their resilience - and buoyancy - on a soggy night at Camden Yards.
''It was crazy today. I was afraid about Jhonny,'' Marte said. ''He doesn't know how to swim. As soon as it started raining,
he ran in here.''
With the Orioles batting against
in the fifth, a light rain intensified.
reached third with two outs and, as thousands of fans headed for cover,
tripled into the gap in right-center.
The lead held up only slightly longer than the delay.
''Kind of an unusual night, wasn't it?'' Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.
LaPorta had a career-best four hits for the Indians - twice his previous high. LaPorta has a hit in all 10 games since his
recall from Triple-A Columbus, and Marte also extended his hitting streak to 10 games, a new career high.
''You like players to step up at the right time, and both those kids have lately,'' Indians manager
(4-2) pitched 1 1-3 innings to earn his third win in Cleveland's last eight games.
gave up a solo homer to
in the seventh, but Indians pinch-hitter
answered with an RBI single in the eighth.
worked the ninth for his first save with Cleveland.
''Their bullpen did a better job than ours did,'' Trembley said.
Back in the Baltimore lineup after a five-game absence with back spasms, center fielder
immediately contributed. After hauling in a fly for the first out of the game, Jones raced back on a drive by
and made a leaping catch at the wall, stealing at least an extra-base hit.
Jones topped that in the ninth inning, extending his glove above the 7-foot wall to rob Shin-Soo Choo of a home run.
''Jones was absolutely tremendous,'' Trembley said. ''He played All-Star caliber center field.''
In his first at-bat, Jones drew a two-out walk in the first inning and scored on a double by
Peralta tied it with his 11th homer, a drive to left on a 3-1 pitch. That extended to eight Cleveland's season-high run of
games with a homer.
, obtained from Philadelphia in the
trade, will start for the Indians on Tuesday against Detroit. It will be his major league debut. ... Cleveland's
ended an 0-for-23 skid with a fourth-inning single. ...
was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame during a pregame ceremony. ... Indians DH
missed the game with a sore left shoulder. If he's not well Sunday, he will be examined in Cleveland on Monday.