Jose Ramirez leaves Indians game early

Lynette Rowe
September 12, 2017

The Indians put together a five-run second inning that opened up a sizable lead as Carlos Carrasco shut down the Detroit Tigers in an 11-0 win at Progressive Field on Monday night. Francisco Lindor had a three-run triple and Jose Ramirez homered and knocked in three for the red-hot Tribe, who moved 32 games over.500 at 88-and-56.

Cole Hamels (10-3) struck out seven in six innings to win for the first time in his last four starts.

Tiger rookie Myles Jaye (1-1, 6.70) started the inning by walking Carlos Santana and allowing a single to Yandy Diaz.

The Indians took a 5-0 lead with five runs in the second. The rotation is 17-0 with a 1.84 ERA. Jose Ramirez followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-0.

Reynaldo Lopez (1-3) gave up three runs and eight hits in six-plus innings to pick up his first victory since September 29, 2016.

Milwaukee didn't get a runner past first base against the Pirates and fell 2 1/2 games behind Chicago in the N.L. Central after outscoring the Cubs 20-3 in a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field over the weekend. They have outscored the opposition, 63-12, in the first three innings.

Ramirez added two more runs in the fourth with a no-doubt two-run home run, his 26th round-tripper of the year. Those nine strikeouts brought him up to 201 on the season.

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For the second consecutive night, the Cleveland Indians had to remove a player from a game due to injury.

The Indians lead the Tigers, 11-6, this season. Cleveland pitchers have six shutouts during the streak and a major-league-leading 18 for the season.

First-pitch weather forecast: Mostly cloudy, 71 degrees.

The Indians are favoured to win number 20 on Tuesday, again hosting the Tigers, with ace Corey Kluber (15-4, 2.56 ERA) getting the start. Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez (5-10) gave up six hits, two walks and three runs while striking out five in five innings. Within those 19 games, they have posted a run differential of plus-100, winning games by an average of 5.26 runs, and have trailed at the end of only four innings.

Jacoby Ellsbury broke Pete Rose's major league record by reaching base on catcher's interference for the 30th time, and David Robertson (8-2) pitched a career-high 2 2/3 innings in relief of CC Sabathia, removed with two on and one out in the fifth.

Boyd is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in four appearances, including three starts, against the Indians.

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