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CIN@CLE: Tomlin solid in 6 2/3 frames of one-run ball

Indians manager Manny Acta felt like everyone overreacted to his team's recent five-game losing streak. The way he sees it, it was simply something every team goes through.

Acta held a closed-door meeting prior to Thursday's game against the Orioles to remind his team of just that. The Indians responded with a win on Thursday night before letting Friday night's game slip away late. Cleveland enters Saturday afternoon's game at Camden Yards having lost six of its last seven games.

"Everything has been blown out of proportion," Acta said prior to Thursday's game. "We just won four in a row before we lost these five in a row. It's something that you have to keep in perspective and know that every team goes through it.

"It's about staying positive, sticking together and just making sure you do what you're supposed to do and not panic and try to do too much."

The Indians will turn to right-hander Josh Tomlin in the third game of a four-game set with Baltimore on Saturday. Tomlin struggled in his last outing against the Yankees, lasting three innings and allowing six runs.

Like many pitchers against the Bombers, Tomlin got tagged by the long ball. The Yankees hit three homers against Tomlin, who is 3-5 with a 5.70 ERA on the season.

"Guys were fouling pitches off, and they saw a lot of pitches early," Tomlin said afterward. "If guys were going to miss by that much, I'd prefer them to put it in play somewhere and hopefully get an out. At that point, they were fouling a bunch of pitches off and waiting. And when they got a pitch to hit, they didn't really miss it."

Baltimore will counter with left-hander Dana Eveland, who will make only his second start of the season after spending time in the bullpen. Eveland had a 2.57 ERA in 10 appearances as a reliever, the last one coming Wednesday against the Angels.

In his only other start this season -- May 11 against Tampa Bay -- Eveland allowed three runs on five hits in six innings. He walked six and struck out only two in the game. The fifth-starter job is wide open since Tommy Hunter -- now in the bullpen -- has struggled this season.

Because he pitched on Wednesday, Eveland will have an 85-pitch limit on Saturday.

"I loved the bullpen. I really did," Eveland said. "I had a lot of fun down there. But obviously I love starting, it's nice being in a routine and getting your work in in between starts. It just makes life a little bit easier. So if I hopefully throw well enough and stay in the rotation. I'd be very happy to do so."

Indians: Santana out until Sunday
• Catcher Carlos Santana was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day Friday after leaving Wednesday's game with back tightness in the ninth inning. Santana has been battling soreness throughout his back and sides, and Acta said he hopes to have Santana back for Sunday's series finale against the Orioles.

• Infielder Lonnie Chisenhall left Friday night's game after fracturing his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning.

Orioles: Eveland has had crazy week
• It's been a crazy few days for Eveland, who left the Orioles last Saturday night to be with his wife in California after the birth of the couple's second child. During his trip back to Baltimore on Wednesday, Eveland's plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Las Vegas, causing him to miss his connecting flight to Detroit.

"It was a mess," Eveland said.

He eventually made it back in time for Baltimore's game against the Angels on Wednesday night, and pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Eveland threw only 18 pitches, so manager Buck Showalter feels comfortable letting him start three days later.

• Injured right fielder Nick Markakis could return before the All-Star break, he said Friday. Markakis, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since having part of his broken right hamate bone removed on June 1, has yet to resume baseball activities.

"It's getting there," Markakis said Friday. "I'd like to get in some games before the break, and this way, I've got my feet a little wet going into the second half."

Worth noting
• Tomlin is 2-1 with a 5.06 ERA in three career starts against Baltimore.

• Eveland is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two career starts against the Indians.

• The Indians are 6-16 against left-handed starters this season. Comments