The Cleveland Indians are one away from tying the longest winning streak in American League history.
The Indians made it 19 consecutive wins as Francisco Lindor drove in four runs and Jose Ramirez added a two-run homer in an 11-0 dismantling of Detroit. Ramirez finished with three RBIs before leaving the game with a bruised left forearm.
Carlos Carrasco was sharp over six innings scattering seven hits while striking out nine.
Cleveland’s winning streak is the longest in the majors since Oakland set the league mark with 20 in a row 15 years ago. The Indians haven’t lost since Aug. 23 and have outscored their opponents 132-32 in the streak.
Most important, Cleveland’s magic number to win the AL Central is down to six.
Monday Night in the Majors
Todd Frazier’s three-run homer capped a five-run fourth as the Yankees earned a 5-1 win over the Rays at New York’s Citi Field. Winning pitcher David Robertson worked a career-high 2 2/3 innings after CC Sabathia was removed with two on and one out in the fifth. The Yankees are within three games of the AL East-leading Red Sox after taking the opener of a series that was moved from St. Petersburg because of Hurricane Irma.
Milwaukee’s 7-0 loss to Pittsburgh puts the Brewers 2 ½ games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs. The Brewers never got a runner past first base and managed just three hits against Steven Brault and the Pirates bullpen. Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Jordy Mercer homered as the Pirates ended a five-game skid.
Nolan Arenado’s three-run homer broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning before the Rockies held off the Diamondbacks, 5-4. Greg Holland put runners on second and third with two out in the bottom of the ninth before retiring A.J. Pollock on a grounder to end it. Colorado handed Arizona its third loss in four games and moved 3 ½ games ahead of the Cardinals for the second NL wild card.
The National League-leading Dodgers lost their 11th straight game for the longest skid since the club moved to Los Angeles, finishing their 8-6 defeat to the San Francisco Giants at 2:10 a.m. local time after a pair of rain and lightning delays. Hunter Pence hit a go-ahead single in the sixth for San Francisco against Pedro Baez (3-5). The total delay time of 3:34 was more than the game time of 3:22.
The Rangers bolstered their playoff hopes as Delino DeShields homered and Shin-Soo Choo delivered a two-run double in a 5-3 victory against the Mariners. Cole Hamels struck out seven in six innings to win for the first time in his last four starts. Texas is within two games of Minnesota for the second AL wild-card berth, with the Mariners now 3 1/2 games back.
Ryan Goins homered and Marco Estrada combined with five relievers on a six-hitter as the Blue Jays nipped the Orioles, 4-3. Estrada struck out seven while allowing two runs and four hits over five innings, including Mark Trumbo’s home run. Trumbo also ended the game by striking out with the tying run on second, completing Baltimore’s fifth consecutive loss.
Jose Abreu had four hits and Adam Engel crushed a three-run homer in the White Sox’s 11-3 mauling of the Royals. Abreu fell a homer shy of his second cycle in three games, one day after socking two home runs. The outcome slides Kansas City three games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card.