Live blog: Tigers can't end Indians' winning streak
The Tigers looked to snap the Indians' 18-game win in Cleveland on Monday night, but they couldn't overcome an early offensive outburst, falling 11-0.
Cleveland's win streak moves to 19 on the season, which is an almost unheard of feat nowadays. They are just two victories away from tying the longest streak since 1935 when the Cubs won 21 straight.
The Indians scored five in the second and that was all they needed. They continued to tack on runs through the middle innings, putting it completely out of reach.
Myles Jaye (3 2/3 innings) got his first MLB start for the Tigers (60-83) and was hit hard early on. He allowed seven earned runs on seven hits and two walks. He also had two strikeouts.
It was the Carlos Carrasco show for the Indians (88-56) as he went six full innings and allowed seven hits but struck out nine, allowing zero runs.
The Tigers will get another crack at the Indians' streak on Tuesday.
Matthew Boyd (5-9, 5.93 ERA) will get the nod for the Tigers on Tuesday night while Indians' ace Corey Kluber (15-4, 2.56) will also take the mound.
Top 9th: Indians 11, Tigers 0
Zach McAllister replaced Danny Salazar on the mound to start the ninth.
Tyler Collins struck out swinging for the third time on the night. JaCoby Jones singled to center with one out. Dixon Machado then struck out looking and Andrew Romine popped out to left to end the game.
Bottom 8th: Indians 11, Tigers 0
Jairo Labourt replaced Joe Jimenez on the mound. Bryan Holaday also replaced James McCann behind the plate.
Erik Gonzalez grounded sharply off the glove of Dixon Machado at short for an infield single. Abraham Almonte worked a walk, moving Gonzalez over to second. Tyler Naquin singled to right. Labourt's wild pitch with Brandon Guyer at the plate scored Gonzalez. Guyer then hit a sacrifice fly to right.
Yandy Diaz then grounded out to short, moving Naquin to third. Francisco Mejia, replacing Yan Gomes, struck out swinging.
Top 8th: Indians 9, Tigers 0
Nick Castellanos struck out swinging to start the eighth. Jeimer Candelario, who has been hot since getting called up, flew out to center. James McCann grounded out to short.
Bottom 7th: Indians 9, Tigers 0
Joe Jimenez entered the game in relief for the Tigers. Andrew Romine replaced Ian Kinsler at second and Efren Navarro took over at first for Miguel Cabrera.
Greg Allen grounded out to second to kick things off. Giovanny Urshela flew out to center on the first pitch and Lonnie Chisenhall struck out swinging.
Top 7th: Indians 9, Tigers 0
Danny Salazar came in to replace Carlos Carrasco.
Dixon Machado popped out to first base and Ian Kinsler popped out to right to start the inning. Alex Presley singled to center before Miguel Cabrera's rough day continued with a fly out to right.
Bottom 6th: Indians 9, Tigers 0
Warwick Saupold took over on the mound for the Tigers.
Jose Ramirez looked as if he was hit by a wild Saupold pitch, but it was challenged by the Tigers and overturned. Erik Gonzalez replaced him and flew out to center. Edwin Encarnacion, Jay Bruce and Carlos Santana all walked to load the bases with one out.
Yandy Diaz grounded into a fielder's choice at second as Encarnacion crossed home plate. With runners at first and third and two outs, Yan Gomes popped out into foul territory.
Top 6th: Indians 8, Tigers 0
Jeimer Candelario notched his second single of the game on a grounder through the right side of the infield. James McCann lined out to center. Tyler Collins and JaCoby Jones both struck out to end the top half.
Bottom 5th: Indians 8, Tigers 0
Yandy Diaz singled on a grounder right up the middle and Yan Gomes hit an infield single to short. Greg Allen flew out to deep left-center as JaCoby Jones made a leaping catch at the wall. Diaz moved over to third. Francisco Lindor grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Diaz and Gomes was forced out at second.
Lonnie Chisenhall grounded out to second to end the inning.
Top 5th: Indians 7, Tigers 0
For the third time in the game, Ian Kinsler led off the top half of the inning, grounding out to third. Alex Presley singled to left before Miguel Cabrera struck out swinging for the second time. Nick Castellanos then ended the minor threat with a fielder's choice grounder to third.
Bottom 4th: Indians 7, Tigers 0
Greg Allen swung at the first pitch he saw to lead off the Indians' half of the fourth, grounding out to first. Francisco Lindor then singled off the glove of Ian Kinsler into right field. Lonnie Chisenhall was then called out on strikes. Jose Ramirez picked him up by blasting a two-out two-run homer over the right field wall.
On a seemingly harmless fly ball off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion to right-center, JaCoby Jones and Nick Castellanos had some miscommunication as they converged and the ball bounded off the former's glove. Encarnacion reached second on the error. Jay Bruce then walked, spelling the end for Myles Jaye.
Zac Reininger replaced Jaye on the mound. Carlos Santana popped out to left field as Tyler Collins made a nice running play.
Top 4th: Indians 5, Tigers 0
Jeimer Candelario singled to left field for the Tigers' fourth hit. James McCann then struck out swinging on a pitch inside. Tyler Collins lined a single into center, moving Candelario to second. On a 1-0 count, JaCoby Jones chopped a grounder to the right side of the infield, but was thrown out at first, moving both runners into scoring position. Dixon Machado flew out to left to end the threat.
Bottom 3rd: Indians 5, Tigers 0
Myles Jaye's pitch count was over 50 to start the third, but he remained on the mound.
Jay Bruce flew out to center but the next batter, Carlos Santana, reached base on a mishandled ball by Ian Kinsler at second. Kinsler's throw hit Santana in the head, or neck, area and he went down but remained in the game. Yandy Diaz grounded to third and Jeimer Candelario only had a play at first. Yan Gomes then lined out to short.
Top 3rd: Indians 5, Tigers 0
Ian Kinsler led off the third inning with a single into left-center which nearly turned into extra bases. Alex Presley then grounded out to second, advancing Kinsler into scoring position. Miguel Cabrera struck out swinging and Nick Castellanos swung at the first pitch and popped out to shallow center.
Bottom 2nd: Indians 5, Tigers 0
Myles Jaye struggled with his command a bit to start the second, walking Carlos Santana on five pitches and then allowing a single to left off the bat of Yandy Diaz. Yan Gomes then singled to center, scoring Santana from second. Greg Allen bunted to third and Jaye couldn't handle it cleanly as all runners would be safe.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Francisco Lindor tripled into the right-center field gap, clearing the bases. Lonnie Chisenhall finally accounted for the first out on a hard grounder to Dixon Machado at short who held the runner at third and fired to first. Jose Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Lindor.
Edwin Encarnacion ended the inning with a grounder to short and Machado made a nice play, throwing from his knees to get the out at first.
Top 2nd: Tigers 0, Indians 0
James McCann led off the second inning with a single through the left side of the infield. Tyler Collins took an aggressive approach in the next at-bat, but struck out swinging. JaCoby Jones swung hesitantly at a ball in the dirt for strike three. Dixon Machado struck out swinging as well.
Bottom 1st: Tigers 0, Indians 0
Myles Jaye got his first career MLB start for the Tigers.
The young right-hander struck out Francisco Lindor swinging to start the bottom of the first. Lonnie Chisenhall grounded to first as Miguel Cabrera scooped it up and tossed to a covering Jaye. Jose Ramirez was hit by the next pitch. Edwin Encarnacion singled to left on a 2-2 count and the Indians' had a two-out threat working. Jay Bruce then flew out to left field.
Top 1st: Tigers 0, Indians 0
Ian Kinsler took the first pitch of the game from Carlos Carrasco and flew out to deep right field. Alex Presley then struck out swinging and Miguel Cabrera worked a two-out walk. Nick Castellanos hit a ground-rule double into the left-field corner. Jeimer Candelario popped out to short left.
Good luck, Myles Jaye.
The Tigers rookie right-hander is making his first major-league start Monday, taking on the American League-leading Indians at Progressive Field. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.
The Indians have won 18 straight. No biggie.
The 25-year-old Jaye, meanwhile, is making his third appearance after two scoreless relief appearances. He's allowed three hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. He was 4-13 over two minor-league levels with a 3.96 ERA, covering 25 starts.
The Tigers welcome Tyler Collins back into the fold after he finished up at Triple-A Toledo with a flourish (.343 over his last 10 games). He's hitting seventh and playing left field Monday night.
The Indians counter with Carlos Carrasco (14-6, 3.53 ERA).
TIGERS AT INDIANS
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. Monday, Progressive Field, Cleveland
TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM
Records: The Tigers are 60-82, fourth place in the American League Central Division, 26.5 games behind the Indians. The Indians are 87-56, owners of the best record in the American League.
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Alex Presley, DH
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Nick Castellanos, RF
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
6. James McCann, C
7. Tyler Collins, LF
8. JaCoby Jones, CF
9. Dixon Machado, SS
SP: Myles Jaye, RHP
1. Francisco Lindor, SS
2. Lonnie Chisenhall, LF
3. Jose Ramirez, 2B
4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. Carlos Santana, 1B
7. Yandy Diaz, 3B
8. Bradley Zimmer, CF
9. Roberto Perez, C
SP: Carlos Carrasco, RHP