The start of the game was delayed 29 minutes by rain.
"That's incredible", said Francona, nearly at a loss for words to describe the zone his three-hole hitter is in right now. "He obviously makes solid contact a lot". He doesn't strike out very much. "You've got to deal with it".
The Indians hit six doubles in a span of two innings -four in the fourth and two in the fifth -and they pumped up the volume in the fifth with home runs by Jason Kipnis and Santana. Encarnacion's double was the 1,500th hit of his career and fifth consecutive at-bat with an RBI.
"I wasn't commanding the ball at all tonight", Bundy said. His pitching line was finalized when reliever Vidal Nuno surrendered a two-run homer to first baseman Carlos Santana.
After the Orioles built a nine-run cushion, Molina hit a solo homer in the fifth and Fowler connected with two on in the sixth before Eric Fryer struck out with the bases loaded. Both of Jackson's hits were doubles.
"We did a lot of good things", Francona said. "When we put a few runs on the board, that seems to be enough for a pitcher like him". They kept hammering away at the beleaguered Orioles bullpen.
Although overshadowed by the massive offensive production, Kluber was just as dominant by setting down 27 of the 30 opposing hitters he faced. "I feel like that's been the biggest difference since before I went on it". The right-hander gave up a first-inning single to Adam Jones, a single to Seth Smith in the sixth and a single to Hyun Soo Kim in the eighth.
"Between the breaking ball, cutter, two-seamer, the ball was moving all over the place", said Francona. "He gave us a chance, we're just not scoring any runs". "That was so nice to see". In this one, they flipped the script by bolting to a 12-3 lead in the fourth inning and cruising to the finish. "It sounds boring, but that's what works best for me instead of getting too far ahead of myself". J.J. Hardy and Trey Mancini each hit a two-run double, Schoop singled in a run and Machado delivered a two-run homer.
"When he's on the mound, guys get up for it", said Jackson of Kluber. First pitch was at 7:39 with a temperature of 76 degrees.
Ramirez has now hit at least one double in seven straight games, a franchise record, and has raised his average almost 40 points in less than a week. "Kind of force the issue a little bit more". During his seven-game hit streak, Ramirez has 10 doubles, including two each in three of those outings.
When the streak started, the Indians were a.500 club that was two games back in what has looked like a decidedly mediocre AL Central division. "Coming to the ballpark with the goal of winning that game, that day. It's taken us a while to find this year's team". "It shows us what we can do when we bring that energy".
Game 2 of the weekday series is on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Josh Tomlin (4-8, 5.83 ERA) starts for the Indians and also hopes for some improvement.
Marcell Ozuna singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning, and Miami overcame an early six-run deficit to beat Washington at home. The Orioles have allowed 17 runs in their last two games and five or more runs in 16 straight games.