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Indians hammer Orioles 8-0 to win 7th straight series; three takeaways

1. The Melk Man comes through with a grand slam

The fourth inning was when Cleveland really broke the game open, and it was thanks to Melky Cabrera.

With the Indians leading 4-0 and the bases loaded, Cabrera blasted an 89 mph two-seam fastball into the bleachers. It was his fourth homer of the season and fourth career grand slam (his first since 2016). It was the ninth grand slam hit by an Indians batter this season.

Cabrera has driven in 12 runs over his last seven games, the most by any MLB player since Aug. 12.

“He’s a good teammate, guys love him. He cares about the right things,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Since he’s come back he’s been really good. I think he’s just dangerous. He gets the barrel to the ball a lot and he’s come up with some really big hits to boot. I just think that with the ability to switch hit and make contact it’s kind of solidified us out there.”

The Indians are now batting an MLB-best .344 (33-96) with the bases loaded this season, and have collected 99 RBI in bases-loaded situations.

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Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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