When closer Vinnie Pestano looked out onto the field from the bullpen in the ninth inning Wednesday night, he knew he better get ready fast.

The Indians had runners on first and third with one out, the score was tied, 3-3, and Drew Stubbs was at the plate. The swift Stubbs, coming into that at-bat, had not hit into a double play in 235 at-bats, the most in the American League.

Make that 236.

Stubbs sent a grounder to third, but ran his way out of a potential inning-ending double play to score pinch-runner Mike Aviles from third to give the Indians a 4-3 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

"I knew unless Stubbs lined into a double play, he was going to get the run home and I was coming in the game," said Pestano.

Pestano secured the victory with a perfect ninth inning against the heart of the Orioles' lineup. It was his fifth straight save since replacing injured Chris Perez on May 27. Perez is scheduled to be activated today.

"My first one-two-three save of the year," said Pestano. "I might go to Los Vegas for a few days."

The Indians have won 10 of their past 14 games, but Wednesday night was not easy. They went from the high of Scott Kazmir taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning to the low of blowing yet another late-inning lead to the Orioles. Tuesday night, Justin Masterson took a 3-1 lead into the seventh only to give up five runs in a 6-3 loss.

Kazmir, who allowed one unearned run on one hit, pitched through the seventh with a 2-1 lead. When he came out for the eighth, however, the back spasms that had been bothering him since his warm-up pitches forced manager Terry Francona to take him out of the game.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter thought the Indians were stalling and argued with plate umpire Ted Barrett as the crowd of 18,082 voiced its displeasure.

"He was fighting the back spasms most of the game," said Francona. "When he went out to warm up for the eighth you could tell he was trying to get loose without having it grab at him. He had pitched too well to make a mistake because of that and lose a game."

Joe Smith (4-0) relieved, but it was clear the quick call to the pen had disrupted his normal warm-up routine.

The Orioles scored twice in the eighth to take a 3-2 lead. Nick Markakis delivered one run with an RBI ground out and Manny Machado singled home the go-ahead run. Machado opened the seventh with a double past third to ruin Kazmir's no-hitter.

The Indians came right back with a rally of their own against closer Jim Johnson. RBI grounders by Lonnie Chisenhall and Stubbs delivered the runs, but Michael Brantley set the table with a leadoff walk and Jason Giambi doubled off the fence in left-center to jumpstart the inning.

"That was a huge hit by Big G," said Jason Kipnis.