CLEVELAND, SEPT. 28 -- Baltimore Orioles rookie Ben McDonald polished off the Cleveland Indians in a relatively meaningless game tonight, then immediately focused on his next assignment.
"I'd like nothing better than to go against Toronto, with them in a must-win situation, and knock them out of there," he said after four-hitting Cleveland in a 2-0 victory.
McDonald (8-5) likely will be matched against Toronto's Dave Stieb Wednesday in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Blue Jays spoiled Baltimore's hopes last season. Now Toronto is battling Boston for the AL East championship.
"It looks like we're in a pennant race after all," McDonald said. "They got us last year. Maybe we can return the favor this year."
The right-hander yielded one walk and struck out four as the Orioles won for the eighth time in 10 games. Baltimore's two runs scored on Bill Ripken's grounder, which pitcher Sergio Valdez misplayed.
The shutout was McDonald's second. His other one came July 21 against the Chicago White Sox, in his first major league start.
Cleveland got a runner as far as second base only twice, and it was Sandy Alomar both times. Alomar doubled with two outs in the second and singled and went to second on Felix Fermin's single in the fifth.
McDonald retired the final 10 batters.
"Alomar hit me hard all night. Chris James was hitting me pretty hard too," McDonald said. "But we've got a real fast outfield. They're going to chase down balls that most guys can't get to."
"He got the breaks tonight," said James, who hit a fourth-inning fly ball that left fielder Brady Anderson caught before crashing into the fence. "We hit balls hard, but we hit it right at them."
Valdez (5-6) yielded one earned run on four hits in his first complete game. The Indians have lost three straight after winning seven of eight.
The Orioles scored twice in the second. Mike Devereaux led off with a double and moved to third on Bob Melvin's groundout. After Leo Gomez walked, Ripken hit a grounder that Valdez fielded near the third-base line. Both runners scored on the overthrow.
Baltimore threatened in the fourth when Melvin walked and Ripken hit a two-out double to left, but Melvin was thrown out at home.