In­di­ans win club-record 15th straight

Rock­ies blow past Dodgers, Twins rally in ninth against Roy­als to ex­tend lead for sec­ond WC spot

Bangkok Post - - SPORTS - AP/REUTERS

>> CHICAGO: The Cleve­land In­di­ans set a fran­chise record with their 15th con­sec­u­tive win on Thurs­day night, beat­ing the Chicago White Sox 11-2 be­hind an­other ter­rific out­ing for Corey Klu­ber.

Cleve­land also belted five homers while be­com­ing the first ma­jor league team with a 15-game win­ning streak since Oak­land won 20 in a row in 2002. Ed­win En­car­na­cion hit a three-run drive in the first, Fran­cisco Lin­dor con­nected in the sec­ond, Erik Gon­za­lez went deep twice and Greg Allen hit his first ma­jor league homer in the sev­enth.

Klu­ber (15-4) struck out 13 in seven in­nings. Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu home­red in the first for Chicago, but Klu­ber al­lowed only one more hit — a fifth-in­ning sin­gle for Omar Nar­vaez.

The last-place White Sox turned to Mike Pel­frey af­ter left-han­der Car­los Rodon was scratched with shoul­der stiff­ness. Pel­frey (3-11), who threw 40 pitches in 2-1/3 re­lief in­nings on Tues­day night, al­lowed seven runs and eight hits in four in­nings.

In Los An­ge­les, Nolan Are­nado hit a three-run homer off a labour­ing Clay­ton Ker­shaw, send­ing Los An­ge­les to a 9-1 de­feat — their sev­enth straight and 12th in 13 games.

The NL West lead­ers haven’t lost that many since May 2013, when they dropped eight in a row. Their 92-48 record is still base­ball’s best, but they con­tinue to founder with the play­offs ap­proach­ing.

Com­ing off a three-game sweep by Ari­zona, the Dodgers were hope­ful Ker­shaw (16-3) could stop the slide like he did last week when he snapped their five-game skid with a 1-0 vic­tory at San Diego.

In­stead, he got yanked early. The Rock­ies pounded out 16 hits and took full ad­van­tage of the Dodgers’ fal­ter­ing bullpen that sur­ren­dered five runs. Fans booed Josh Ravin when he gave up back-to-back bases-loaded walks in the sev­enth as the Rock­ies bat­ted around.

Colorado’s Jon Gray (7-4) al­lowed one run and four hits in six in­nings, struck out three and walked two.

In Kansas City, Jorge Polanco’s two-run, two-out sin­gle in a three­run ninth in­ning lifted Minnesota over Kansas City 4-2.

The loss dropped the Roy­als 3½ games be­hind the Twins in the race for the sec­ond Amer­i­can League wild­card. Minnesota were lim­ited to one run and six hits for the first eight in­nings be­fore ral­ly­ing in the ninth off Kelvin Her­rera (3-3).

Max Ke­pler led off the in­ning with a sin­gle. With one out, Ja­son Cas­tro hit a fly ball down the left field line that short­stop Al­cides Es­co­bar nearly caught, but it fell for a sin­gle. Af­ter Rob­bie Gross­man walked, Brian Dozier’s sac­ri­fice fly tied it be­fore Polanco’s hit.

In Bal­ti­more, Aaron Judge and Chase Headley each hit two-run homers as New York belted four long balls in their 9-1 win.

Star­lin Cas­tro and Todd Frazier added solo homers as the Yan­kees took two of three in the se­ries. It was the first time they won a set at Cam­den Yards since 2014 — a span of 11 se­ries.

In San Diego, Dex­ter Fowler struck out against Brad Hand with the bases loaded in the ninth in­ning, cap­ping San Diego’s 5-0 win over St Louis.

Hand al­lowed sin­gles by Stephen Pis­cotty, Ran­dal Grichuk and Carson Kelly in the ninth in­ning be­fore get­ting Fowler to whiff on a slider in the dirt. Hand got his 16th save.

In­di­ans start­ing pitcher Corey Klu­ber de­liv­ers the ball against the White Sox at Guar­an­teed Rate Field in Chicago.

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