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Carrasco bounces back as Tribe sweeps Brewers

By PAUL HOYNES • Updated Jun 6, 2018 at 5:51 PM

CLEVELAND — In his last two starts, Carlos Carrasco kept getting ahead of hitters in the count, but couldn't send them back to the dugout twirling their bats in disgust.

He did not have that problem on Wednesday afternoon in a 3-1 win over the Brewers, the team with the best record in the National League.

Carrasco struck out 10 and allowed one run in seven innings. It wasn't like he threw a lot more strikes. In Friday's 7-4 loss to the Twins, Carrasco threw 65 percent strikes. In the start before that against Houston, he threw 67 percent strikes. On Wednesday, he finished at 65 percent.

The difference was he didn't let the Brewers hit a lot of the strikes he threw. Carrasco (7-4, 4.23) is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 24 strikeouts against Milwaukee this season. In interleague play for his career, he's 7-4 with a 2.97 ERA against the NL.

The Indians supported Carrasco with just enough help to complete a two-game sweep.

Manager Terry Francona used three relievers to get through the eighth as Neil Ramirez, Oliver Perez and Cody Allen each registered a strikeout after a leadoff single by Christian Yelich. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsel was so upset with the proceedings that inning that he was ejected by plate umpire Quinn Wolcott.

Allen pitched the ninth for his 11th save and second in as many games.

The Indians beat Milwaukee, 3-2, Tuesday night with just the right amount of offense. They did the same thing Wednesday as they came from behind to beat Chase Anderson (4-5, 4.57).

The Indians, trailing 1-0 through four innings, finally took the lead against Anderson in the fifth.

Rajai Davis, with one out, singled and stole second. Anderson walked Francisco Lindor. Michael Brantley, with singled in the first, sent a ground ball single through the hole at short. Shortstop Eric Sogard, shifted toward second base, dove for the ball, but had it deflect off his glove and roll into left field.

Davis scored the tying run, while Lindor raced to third. Jose Ramirez followed with a double to right for a 2-1 lead. The Indians were in position to take command of the game, but it didn't happen.

Right-hander Jeremy Jeffress relieved Anderson. He walked Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases. Then he walked Yonder Alonso to score Brantley from third. But that's as far as the Indians got.

Jeffress, who entered with a 5-0 record and a 0.60 ERA, left the bases loaded by striking out Jason Kipnis and Yan Gomes.

The Brewers took a 1-0 in the third on a Travis Shaw single. Yelich opened the inning with double off the center field wall. He took third on a grounder by Jesus Aguilar and scored on Shaw's single to right.

Carrasco gave up a leadoff single to Lorenzo Cain to start the game, but retired the next three batters. He found trouble of a more serious nature in the second when Milwaukee loaded the bases on two-out singles by Jonathan Villar, Erik Kratz and Sogard. He escaped by retiring Cain, who entered the game hitting .361 (13-for-36), on a fly ball to right.

What it means

Ramirez has 19 RBI in his last 22 games.

The pitches

Anderson threw 85 pitches, 50 (59 percent) for strikes. Carrasco threw 109 pitches, 71 (65 percent) for strikes.

End of the line

Encarnacion's 11-game hitting streak ended Wednesday as he took an 0-for-4. It was the third longest streak by an Indian this season behind Brantley's 19-game and Lindor's 15-gamer.

Encarnacion entered Wednesday's game with 30 RBI since May 1, tied for the most in the big leagues.

Run, Rajai, run

Davis finished Wednesday's game with two hits and three steals. It was the 13th time he's stolen three or more bases in one game.

Thanks for coming

The Brewers and Indians drew 21,315 fans to Progressive Field on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch was 1:10 p.m. with a temperature of 58 degrees.

Up next

The Indians are off today before starting a seven-game trip to Detroit and Chicago. They open a three-game series against the Tigers on Friday night at Comerica Park before a four-game series against the White Sox begins Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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