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Talbot continues Indians' stretch of strong starting pitching

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Roster Report · Notes, Quotes · Talbot continues Indians' stretch of strong starting pitching

Starting pitching continues to carry the Indians during the team's winning streak, which was extended to eight games Monday night with a 4-0 victory over the Angels.

Starter Mitch Talbot and reliever Vinnie Pestano combined on a five-hit shutout.

After Cleveland's starters were roughed up in the first two games of the season, the Indians have won their next eight games. During the streak, Indians starters have a 2.40 ERA, and the team has allowed one or no runs in five of the eight games.

Monday night's winning pitcher was Talbot. He was a 10-game winner on the staff last year as a rookie, but he began this season as the No. 5 man in the rotation. Surprisingly, the only member in the rotation who has not won a game during the streak is No. 1 starter Fausto Carmona.

Justin Masterson and Josh Tomlin have each won two games during the streak. Carlos Carrasco has won one game in the streak, and Talbot's win Monday was his first. The other two wins during the streak belong to reliever Rafael Perez.

Entering the season, the consistency of the rotation was one of the biggest question marks facing the Indians. With the exception of Carmona, the other four starting pitchers are in either their first or second full seasons in a major league rotation, but so far the unit has gone from being a question mark to a strength.

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