And holding their breath. Bartolo Colon took a

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And holding their breath.

Bartolo Colon took a shutout into the sixth before leaving with a stiff right shoulder, and Baltimore rallied against Cleveland's overworked bullpen for an 8-6 victory Saturday.

Delino DeShields was credited with a two-run single _ on a ball shortstop Omar Vizquel should have fielded _ in Baltimore's four-run seventh as the Orioles snapped an eight-game losing streak at Jacobs Field.

But for the Indians, who remain one game ahead of Boston in the AL wild card race, Sunday could be a big day in determining their playoff chances.

Colon, their top starter, will undergo an MRI exam Sunday morning to see if there is anything more seriously wrong than a strain.

"He said it was sore," Indians manager Charlie Manuel said. "He said something to me before, but the last couple of starts he didn't say anything about it."

Colon was unavailable for comment following the game.

Kenny Lofton scored for the 17th straight game and drove in a run for the Indians.

Lofton is one game shy of tying the major league record held by Red Rolfe, who scored in 18 straight games for the 1939 New York Yankees. Ted Kluszewski holds the NL record by scoring in 17 games in a row for the 1954 Cincinnati Reds.

Jeff Conine went 3-for-5, drove in two runs and made two errors at third base for the Orioles.

"I'm glad I knocked in as many as I let in," Conine said. "I just missed those balls. They were easy plays."

Colon, unbeaten in his last seven starts, rarely reached the mid-90s on the radar gun _ his usual range _ and left rubbing his right shoulder in the sixth.

The right-hander departed with the Indians leading 2-0, but relievers Chris Nichting and Steve Karsay couldn't protect it.

"That turned the game around," Manuel said of Colon's exit.

Karsay (4-7) gave up three runs in the seventh and saw his ERA balloon to 24.00 in his last five outings.

"It's coming down to crunch time, we've only got 30 games left," Karsay said. "And I need to figure it out and figure it out quick."

Pat Rapp (7-10) got his first win in five starts since July 21, allowing three runs and five hits in six innings.

Karsay opened the seventh by hitting Fernando Lunar, and Brady Anderson singled with one out. Jerry Hairston followed with a single to load the bases.

DeShields hit a grounder just to the left of second base that Vizquel tried to catch and shovel in one motion, but the ball got under his glove, allowing two runs to score.

"I've seen him do it before," Manuel said. "I think he was thinking of getting two."

Steve Reed came on and Albert Belle hit an RBI single before Conine's RBI double put the Orioles ahead 6-3.

The Indians have used 31 pitchers this season because of injuries, and some haven't pitched in games as important as the ones Cleveland's playing right now.

"My bullpen needs to relax and have some fun," Manuel said. "Some of them might be getting a little tight. I don't think they're tired."

The Indians closed to 6-5 in the eighth on Travis Fryman's two-out, two-run double off Mike Trombley, but first baseman Chris Richard made a diving catch on pinch-hitter Bill Selby's liner with two on to end the inning.

Baltimore added two runs in the ninth on Conine's RBI double and Mark Lewis' run-scoring single.

But the Indians got an RBI single from Manny Ramirez in the ninth and had runners at second and third when rookie Ryan Kohlmeier got David Segui to ground to second for his eighth save.

"Ryan struggled with his command, then got out of it," said Orioles manager Mike Hargrove, who got his first win against his former team in Cleveland. "We got eight runs and you never know if that will be enough against them."

Colon managed to avoid trouble in the first four innings thanks to three double plays.

But he walked Hairston to open the sixth and fell behind DeShields before stepping off the mound. Manuel came out with a trainer, and soon Cleveland's entire infield joined them to check on Colon's condition.

Colon had to leave an Aug. 23 start in the fifth because of tendinitis in his knee and was on the DL earlier this season with a pulled rib muscle.

Notes: Rock legend Alice Cooper threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Cooper was in town for a concert Saturday night. ... Air Force

Thunderbirds from the Cleveland Air Show buzzed the ballpark several

times, once emptying the Orioles' dugout which came out for a look. ...

Chris Nichting was the 31st pitcher used by the Indians this season,

extending their major league record. ... Baltimore committed its 100th

error when 3B Conine let Wil Cordero's grounder go through his legs in

the fourth. The Orioles hadn't had 100 errors since 1993.

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