MLB: Baltimore 4, Cleveland 3

July 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM   |   Comments

CLEVELAND, July 22 (UPI) -- Baltimore's J.J. Hardy drove in three runs Sunday and the Orioles survived a late Cleveland rally to post a series-sweeping 4-3 victory over the Indians.

Hardy put the O's ahead to stay with a first-inning solo homer off Josh Tomlin (5-7) and then made it 3-0 with a two-run single in the seventh.

But it was Wilson Betemit's bases-empty clout for a 4-0 Baltimore lead in the eighth that turned out to be the game-winner as the Tribe rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth.

After Michael Brantley singled with one out in the ninth, Carlos Santana belted a two-run shot off O's reliever Luis Ayala.

Cleveland made it 4-3 when Shelley Duncan doubled off closer Jim Johnson and pinch-hitter Travis Hafner chased him home with a run-scoring hit. But Johnson closed the door after that, picking up his MLB-best 30th save.

The victory was the fifth straight for Baltimore.

Santana finished 3-for-4 with two RBI for Cleveland.

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