Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said pitching coach Ray Miller
instituted a new windup for Cabrera before his last start June 27
against the New York Yankees, then worked with the 6-foot-7
right-hander on the improved delivery twice between starts.
"It hides the ball a little more," Mazzilli said. "It seemed
like he was flying out and the ball was never catching up to his
The new mechanics helped Cabrera (6-7), who had been 0-3 in his
last four starts, win for the first time since June 5 at Detroit.
He walked two and struck out five, becoming the first Orioles
starter to record a victory since Rodrigo Lopez on June 21.
"I feel better. I feel I better control my pitches," Cabrera
said. "I feel more strong."
Tim Byrdak pitched the eighth and B.J. Ryan worked the ninth,
finishing the Orioles' fifth shutout of the season.
Baltimore's Rafael Palmeiro went 0-for-3 and remained eight hits
shy of 3,000 for his career. Palmeiro is trying to join Hank Aaron,
Willie Mays and Eddie Murray as the only players in major league
history with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.
The Indians lost for just the seventh time in 25 games.
The Orioles, who had lost eight of nine, stole a season-high
five bases. In their previous 55 games, they had only 16 steals.
"We just didn't do a very good job of controlling the running
game and that's just something that kind of dominoed on us today,"
Indians manager Eric Wedge.
Tejada drew a one-out walk and stole second with Palmeiro
batting. When Palmeiro walked on a 3-2 pitch, Tejada swiped third,
then came home when second baseman Ronnie Belliard mishandled Eli
Marrero's grounder for a run-scoring error.
"He's not a guy who gets on and runs all the time," Mazzilli
said of Tejada. "But he's a guy who tries to do something to pick
the team up."
Gibbons followed by hitting his first pitch from Millwood over
the center-field fence for a three-run shot -- the Orioles' only hit
of the inning -- and a 4-0 lead.
"As well as Daniel pitched, it would have been a crime not to
get the 'W' today," Gibbons said.
Millwood, who had won two of three June decisions, allowed four
runs -- three earned -- and three hits in six innings. He walked five
and struck out three.
"I really didn't feel like I pitched all that well the whole
game." Millwood said. "I walked like five guys, and when you walk
that many people against an offense like these guys have, you're
going to have a hard time winning."
Baltimore purchased Byrdak's contract from Triple-A Ottawa
on Saturday and designated RHP Rick Bauer for assignment to clear a
spot on the 40-man roster. ... C Victor Martinez singled in the
first, extending his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest by an
Indians player this season. ... Cleveland 3B Casey Blake, who was
scratched from Friday's lineup with a stiff neck, started Saturday
but left in the second inning with the same injury. He was replaced
by Aaron Boone.