Cleveland Indians win 13th consecutive game
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 01, 2016 05:37 PM
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The Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — A dominant performance from Carlos Carrasco gave the Cleveland Indians their longest winning streak in Major League Baseball in nearly 65 years.
Carrasco struck out a season-high 14 while Jason Kipnis and Rajai Davis hit solo home runs as the Indians matched a franchise record by winning their 13th consecutive game Thursday night, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1.
Cleveland's streak is the longest by any team this season, and the longest for the Indians since they won 13 straight in August 1951. Cleveland also won 13 in a row in 1942.
It's the longest streak by an AL team since Oakland won 20 straight in 2002.
"It feels great," Carrasco said. "We've played really hard and we need to continue that. Everything is coming together."
In Florida, Cameron Maybin capped a dramatic eight-run ninth inning with a tiebreaking three-run double as Detroit overcame a five-run deficit to beat Tampa 10-7.
Detroit trailed 7-2 entering the ninth and opened the inning with four consecutive hits off Ryan Garton, including Victor Martinez's RBI single.
Erasmo Ramirez (7-7) replaced Garton and allowed Justin Upton's run-scoring single, Steven Moya's sacrifice fly and an RBI single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia that made it 7-6.
Jose Iglesias drew a walk to load the bases and Ian Kinsler got another free pass on a 3-2 pitch to tie it 7-7.
Maybin's drive to left-center cleared the bases to put Detroit up 10-7.
"I was just hoping the snowball would keep rolling down the hill," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "The energy is kind of building as you sense there is a chance you can win the game. It just keeps building until you get that go-ahead run."
Chase Headley scored on a passed ball with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the New York Yankees won their final at-bat for the second straight game, beating Texas 2-1.
Didi Gregorius hit a solo shot in the fifth to tie the score after Shin-Soo Choo homered to lead off the game.
Tony Barnette (5-3), the third Rangers reliever of the game, walked Headley to lead off the bottom of the ninth. With runners on second and third and two outs, his pitch got through catcher Robinson Chirinos and Headley just beat the throw.
"It's unacceptable," Barnette said. "You walk a guy to start an inning, most of the time he's going to score."
Yoenis Cespedes socked a colossal home run that sent the New York Mets past the Chicago Cubs in their first meeting since last year's National League Championship Series.
Javier Baez's throwing error at second base allowed Brandon Nimmo to score the go-ahead run as the Mets overcame a 3-0 deficit to win 3-2. New York, which swept Chicago last October to reach the World Series, had lost nine straight regular-season games to the Cubs dating to August 2014.
Cespedes launched a solo drive off John Lackey in the sixth that soared into the third deck in left field, two or three rows deep. The ball came off the bat at 110 mph and would have traveled 441 feet unimpeded, according to MLB's Statcast. ESPN Stats & Info had it at 466 feet.
"I think it woke us. I really do," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He hadn't hit one in a while and that was a big one. I really think that got the guys energized."
In Oakland, Brandon Belt had four RBIs and hit a go-ahead two-run double in the third ahead of Buster Posey's ninth home run as the San Francisco Giants beat the As while in Seattle the Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
Danny Espinosa hit a grand slam and a three-run homer to finish with a career-high seven RBIs as Washington cruised to its fifth straight victory, beating the Cincinnati Reds 13-4 while Kendrys Morales homered and recorded his sixth straight multi-hit game to lead Kansas City to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Trayce Thompson, Yasmani Grandal and Corey Seager all hit home for the Los Angeles Dodgers in their 8-1 thumping of the Milwaukee Brewers while the Chicao White Sox edged the Twins 6-5 and the Atlanta Braves beats the Marlins 8-5.