Cleveland Indians Tie Franchise Record With 13th Straight Win

The Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Thursday night to win their 13th straight game, tying a franchise record only duplicated twice before. The victory moved the Indians to 48-30 on the season. They went 22-6 (.786 win percentage) in the month of June, making it the 3rd winningest month in Tribe history and winningest in over 50 years. The loss dropped the Jays to 43-38 on the season with the loss. 

The Indians were led by an absolutely dominating start (again) by their starter. Carlos Carrasco went 7 1/3 innings allowing just one run on three hits. He walked just two while striking out a season-high 14. It was the second time in his career he struck out at least 14 and was one shy of his career high. The lone run Carrasco allowed on the night came in the bottom of the 4th inning on a solo home run by Josh Donaldson, his 19th of the season. Reliever Bryan Shaw got the final two outs of the 8th inning, both via strikeouts before Cody Allen worked a scoreless 9th inning for his 17th save of the season.

The Indians offense wasn’t at their best while facing knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, but they scored just enough to get the win. The Tribe jumped out to an early lead in the 2nd inning on a solo home run off the bat of former Blue Jay Rajai Davis. It was his 8th home run of the season and gave the Indians a 1-0 lead. Jason Kipnis made it 2-0 Indians in the 3rd inning with his 11th home run of the year. The Indians then added a third run off Dickey in the 6th inning on an RBI single by Jose Ramirez, scoring Mike Napoli and making it 3-1 Tribe.  The Indians added a late insurance run off reliever Bo Schultz on an RBI triple by Tyler Naquin, scoring Davis and giving the Tribe a 4-1 lead in the 9th inning.

The Indians and Jays will go at it again tomorrow afternoon in a 1:07 pm game for Canada Day. The Tribe will look to win a franchise record 14th straight game behind the arm of Josh Tomlin (9-1, 3.32 ERA). The Jays will counter with Marcus Stroman (6-4, 5.33).