BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles posted a 7-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, thanks to one ridiculously weird inning that included an out that wasn’t, a safe base runner who jogged off the field, and the end of Manny Machado’s consecutive-innings streak due to an ejection by an umpire making his big league debut behind the plate.
The bizarre night was punctuated by torrents of rain that fell in the middle of the seventh inning, delaying the game for 1 hour 18 minutes.
With the Indians leading 3-2, Ryan Flaherty and Nate McLouth started the bottom of the fifth with consecutive singles against Cleveland starter Corey Kluber. Machado then struck out on four pitches, the last a swing on a curveball in the dirt. Machado apparently thought he tipped the pitch, but plate umpire Will Little didn’t agree.
Walking away shaking his head, Machado said something to Little, who was umpiring his fourth game in the majors and first at home plate after being temporarily promoted from Class AAA on Monday.
Little apparently didn’t like what he heard. He immediately handed Machado the first ejection of his career, ending Machado’s consecutive-innings streak of 1,206 — which began in the first inning of his first big league game on Aug. 9, 2012. It was the longest current streak in the majors.
Orioles Manager Buck Showalter came out to argue the ejection before heading back to the dugout to watch his team explode for five runs. Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy singled home runs and Matt Wieters stroked a two-run double.