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.