Baltimore Orioles defeat Cleveland Indians, 14-3

In September of another losing season, facing an unavoidable last-place finish for the first time in two decades, it's difficult to believe that any win could be an important one for the Orioles.

Yet after losing a season-worst eight in a row, several in embarrassing fashion, and rarely getting a well-pitched game from a young starter, the Orioles craved the kind of victory they picked up last night, a 14-3 blowout of the Cleveland Indians before 11,181.

"We needed i...

Grand fashion: : The Orioles broke the game open in a seven-run sixth inning that included Aubrey Huff's fourth career grand slam. It was the 11th grand slam the Indians have allowed this season, most in the majors and extending their franchise record.

Doubling out of skid: : Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was in an 0-for-16 skid since he homered in his first at-bat coming off the disabled list Sept. 1. But in the third inning, Jones broke the slump with a double off...

Adam Loewen took the next step in his daunting transition from pitcher to hitter yesterday, spending an hour in the Camden Yards inside cage with hitting coach Terry Crowley.

"It's weird, but I think the challenging part is going to be when I face live pitching and that's going to be a strain for me," said Loewen, who hasn't hit regularly since playing junior college ball in 2002. "But I'm not expecting anything significant. From the start, I know I'm not going to be th...

Stuck in their worst losing streak in more than a year, the Orioles had a rare Sunday off to regroup in what had been a winless September.

The unscheduled day off, created by the Ravens' home opener, also allowed designated hitter Aubrey Huff, who hadn't played since Wednesday, one more day to spend with his son, who was born Thursday.

Ultimately, Huff's grand slam, Adam Jones' three-run homer and a sufficient pitching performance led the Orioles to a 14-3 win over t...