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Orioles lose to Indians in 13 innings after Troy Patton gives up two runs

BALTIMORE -- Left-hander Troy Patton was just one strike away from escaping a bases-loaded jam in the 13th inning as the Orioles and Cleveland Indians played late into Thursday night.

One moment, the few fans that remained at Camden Yards were on their feet cheering. The next, following Carlos Santana's two-out, two-run double, they quickly flocked to the exits.

Patton, the Orioles' fifth reliever of the night, allowed Santana's game-winning hit, sending the Orioles to their first loss in five extra-inning games this season with an 8-7 loss to the Indians.

The Indians did everything they could Thursday to help the Orioles win the game early. With wild pitching, errant throws and batted balls that fell between outfielders, the Indians played like the team that had played a 13-inning game the previous day.

They were in for another long night Thursday as the game went four hours, 22 minutes.

But the Indians finally scored against Patton in the 13th to pull ahead for good. Entering with one out, Patton allowed back-to-back singles to Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall, then walked Nick Swisher to load the bases.

After getting Yan Gomes to fly out to right field, Santana took a 1-2 pitch from Patton down the third-base line and under the leaping feet of third-base umpire Alan Porter to score two runs.

Patton (0-1) has allowed six runs in 6 2/3 innings this season.

The Orioles (23-22), who have scored 30 runs in the past four games, came within one run in the bottom of the 13th on Nick Markakis' solo homer, his third of the season, but right-hander Scott Atchison recovered for his first save.

This was the fourth straight game the Orioles scored six or more runs -- a season-high -- but they were 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Orioles right-hander Preston Guilmet, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before the game, pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings in relief against his former team. Left-hander Zach Britton retired six of the seven batters he faced in two scoreless relief innings.

The Orioles went up, 6-5, in the bottom of the seventh on Nelson Cruz's sacrifice fly after they loaded the bases with one out -- partially because of errors by Cleveland on back-to-back plays.

In the next half-inning, right-hander Darren O'Day allowed a tying solo homer to Chisenhall, just the second run that O'Day has allowed in 18 innings this season.

Earlier in the game, the Orioles pulled ahead when Ryan Flaherty hit his first homer of the season, a three-run shot that just landed over the scoreboard in right field, to cap a five-run rally with two outs in the sixth inning to give the club a 5-3 lead.

The rally came one inning after the Orioles loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth against Indians starter Justin Masterson, but came away with no runs.

The Indians also gave the Orioles a gift in the sixth, when Adam Jones' fly ball dropped between outfielders Michael Bourn and David Murphy -- who both halted their chase and watched the ball drop -- giving him a one-out double.

After Cruz drew a two-out walk, Steve Clevenger singled up the middle to score Jones. J.J. Hardy followed with another single to center to score Cruz.

With Masterson on the ropes, Flaherty turned on a 2-1 pitch that split the plate for his first homer since Sept. 25, 2013 against the Toronto Blue Jays.

In the fifth inning, Masterson -- who was working on three days' rest -- issued a four-pitch walk to Clevenger and hit Hardy and Flaherty with pitches to load the bases.

But No. 9 hitter David Lough, hitting just .171 after Thursday's game, hit a comebacker to Masterson, who started a 1-2-3 double play and left the field to a smattering of boos. Markakis followed with a lineout to first base to end the inning.

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