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Another pitching gem paces Tribe to win

By PAUL HOYNES • Apr 23, 2018 at 10:23 PM

BALTIMORE — Yonder Alonso has seen Camden Yards and found it to his liking.

On Saturday, Alonso cleared the right field wall for his first Eutaw Street homer. Only 54 homers have been hit by visiting players onto Eutaw Street since the ballpark opened in 1992.

Monday night, Alonso did a little more than that. He hit a two-run homer to center field that gave the Indians a 2-1 victory over the Orioles in a game otherwise dominated by starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Kevin Gausman.

Edwin Encarnacion open the second with a bloop single to center. Alonso followed by driving an 0-1 pitch over the wall in center field for a 2-0 lead. It was Alonso's fifth homer and third on this six-game trip that ended Monday night.

The Indians, for those interested, went 4-2 on the trip.

Baltimore made it 2-1 in the bottom of the second. Adam Jones and Chris Davis opened the inning with singles. Carrasco struck out Danny Valencia, but Chance Sisco singled to right to score Jones.

The inning ended in a flash when Anthony Santander sent a liner back to the mound. Carrasco caught it in self defense and threw to first to force Sisco for the double play.

Carrasco (4-0, 2.31) carried the 2-1 lead in the the eighth inning. He retired Craig Gentry to start the inning, but Tim Beckham singled to bring Andrew Miller into the game.

Miller made the scene by striking out pinch-hitter Trey Mancini, but he allowed a single to Manny Machado. Miller ended the inning when Jones hit into a force play at second base.

In 10 innings this season, Miller has yet to allow a run.

Cody Allen struck out the side in order to end it. The save was Allen's fourth. He ranks third in franchise history with 126 saves.

Doug Jones owns second place with 129 saves with Bob Wickman the franchise leader at 139.

This is the first time Carrasco has been 4-0 in his career. Monday was his fifth start of the season. Over his last three starts, he's allowed two runs in 23 1/3 innings. In that stretch, he's struck out 23 batters.

Carrasco allowed one run on six hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

Gausman allowed two runs on four hits in eight innings. He struck out seven and walked one. In his last three starts against the Indians, Gausman has held the to four runs in 20 2/3 innings.

The Indians, who scored seven runs on 14 hits in Sunday's win, were out-hit by the Orioles, 7-4, on Monday. But Alonso provided the hit that counted.

What it means

Carrasco, dating back to Aug. 27, 2017, has won 10 straight decisions in the span of 12 starts.

The pitches

Carrasco threw 81 pitches, 58 (72 percent) for strikes. Gausman threw 107 pitches, 75 (70 percent) for strikes.

Thanks for coming

The Indians and Orioles drew 10,614 to Camden Yards on Monday night. First pitch was at 7:07 p.m. with a temperature of 65 degrees.

Up next

The Indians return home tonight for an 11-game homestand, starting with a two-game interleague series against the Cubs. Right-hander Josh Tomlin (0-2, 8.00), after a start in the bullpen, will make his first start since April 10, when he faces Chicago and right-hander Tyler Chatwood (0-3, 4.60) at 6:10 p.m. at Progressive Field. SportsTime Ohio and WLKR-FM 95.3 will carry the game.

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