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Bieber looks sharp again; Indians beat Tigres


Shane Bieber dominates again, striking out 11 in seven innings without allowing a score, and the Cleveland Indians added their 19th win over the Detroit Tigers by winning 3-1 on Saturday, August 15, 2020.


Shane Bieber dominated again, striking out 11 in seven scoreless innings, and the Cleveland Indians put together their 19th win over the Detroit Tigers by winning 3-1 on Saturday.

This is the longest winning streak against a single opponent since the Baltimore Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals 23 times in 1963.

Bieber (4-0) allowed three hits, walked one and improved his ERA to 1.30 in five starts this season. The MVP of last year’s All-Star Game has struck out 54, the most in the majors, in 34 2/3 innings this season.

He struck out all three of his opponents in the third inning, repeated the dose in the fourth, and got a couple more fans in the fifth.

Nick Wittgren pitched a perfect eighth. JaCoby Jones made it 3-1 with a pinch double in the ninth before Brad Hand finished for his fifth save.

Spencer Turnbull (2-1) allowed three runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, during which he walked four.

Jose Ramirez hit a two-run double with the bases loaded in Cleveland’s third. His compatriot Franmil Reyes grounded out for a double play that ended the inning and allowed Turnbull to escape without further damage.

Carlos Santana made the game 3-0 with an RBI double in the fifth, ending Turnbull’s work.

Cleveland loaded the bases in the eighth with no out, but Bryan Garcia conjured the danger with a balloon, a strikeout and a fly ball.

For the Indians, the Venezuelans César Hernández 3-2, with one scored and two RBIs, Sandy León 3-1 with one scored. The Dominicans José Ramírez 3-2 with a run scored and two RBIs, Carlos Santana 4-1 with an RBI, Reyes 3-0, Domingo Santana 3-1. Colombian Oscar Mercado 3-0 with one scored.

For the Tigers, Puerto Rican Willi Castro 3-0 with a run scored. Venezuelans Miguel Cabrera 4-0, Victor Reyes 3-0. The Dominican Jeimer Candelario 4-0.