Cleveland Indians make Detroit Tigers their 19th straight victim in 11-0 victory
By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND — One more day. One more game. One more win.
The Cleveland Indians are ripping off victories like few teams before them.
And, they’re not finished.
With their latest lopsided win, the Indians extended the majors’ longest winning streak in 15 years to 19 games on Monday night by blowing out the Detroit Tigers 11-0 to move closer to a record that has stood for 101 years.
Francisco Lindor tripled home three runs off rookie Myles Jaye (0-1) in the second inning, and the Indians, who haven’t lost since Aug. 23, prolonged the third-best winning streak since 1947.
The Indians can match those A’s tonight, and their chances of getting No. 20 are strong with AL Cy Young Award contender Corey Kluber starting.
Carlos Carrasco (15-6) struck out nine in six innings, Lindor had four RBIs and Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer as the Indians lowered their magic number to clinch the Central to six.
“In the whole picture they’re the best team in baseball,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “No offense to the Dodgers and the Astros. Between their starting pitching, their bullpen, their athleticism, their lineup, they can get you from both sides of the plate.”
FULMER GETS SURGERY
Tigers All-Star Michael Fulmer will undergo elbow surgery today and miss the remainder of the season, manager Brad Ausmus said Monday. Fulmer will have ulnar nerve transposition surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in Florida. The procedure should alleviate the numbness he had been experiencing in fingers on his right hand.
The timetable for recovery is three to four months and Ausmus said the 24-year-old Fulmer is expected to be ready for spring training.
He was 10-12 with a 3.83 ERA in 25 starts.