Sweet 16: Indians roll to 16th straight, 5-0 over Orioles

CLEVELAND (AP) On the road or on their home turf, the Cleveland Indians won't lose.

Their winning streak - now at a sweet 16 - rolls on.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Indians won their 16th straight, extending the best streak in franchise history - and the longest in the majors in 15 years - by beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 Friday night.

Encarnacion's shot to straightaway center easily cleared the wall and landed in some trees next to Heritage Park, the team's hallowed area where past Cleveland stars and teams are immortalized.

These 2017 Indians are making a case for their inclusion.

''We're having a lot of fun here,'' said Mike Clevinger (9-5), who allowed just three hits in six innings.

Cleveland's string is the longest in the majors since the Oakland Athletics won 20 straight in 2002. The Indians, who have only trailed for two of 144 innings during the streak, are now five wins from matching the longest winning streak in major league history, 21 by the 1935 Chicago Cubs.

The 1916 New York Giants had a string of 26 wins, but that run included a tie.

Not only have the Indians not lost since Aug. 23, the defending AL champions have trailed only twice in 144 innings during the 16-game span and have outscored their opponents 114-28.

''They're playing pretty good baseball,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said in a classic understatement. ''That's a really good lineup that our guys kept off the board.''

The Orioles were the latest team to run into the Indians and managed just four hits in the opener of a 10-day trip. Baltimore began the day two games back in the nine-team, wild-card scramble.

''They're leading the league in starting pitching and relief pitching, so you know that runs are going to come at a premium,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''They played good defense and pitched well. That's a good combination.''

Clevinger (9-5) improved his chances to pitch in the postseason with six strong innings as AL Central leaders became just the third team in the expansion era - since 1961 - to win 16 straight in a season, joining the 2002 A's and Kansas City Royals, who also won 16 in a row.

''You try not to think too much about the streak,'' Clevinger said. ''Your eyes are still set on the same goals that we first started out with, but it gives it more of a playoff atmosphere - at least in the stands. You can definitely see the energy and feel the energy around the crowd and it kind of gave it that October feeling.''

Encarnacion hit his 34th home run, connecting off Wade Miley (8-12) and that was plenty for Clevinger, who had his third straight six-inning scoreless outing.

He's gone 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his last three starts, and with Danny Salazar struggling, the 26-year-old Clevinger could factor heavily into Cleveland's playoff pitching plans as the club tries to get back to the World Series.

FIRING BLANKS

The Indians have posted five shutouts during the streak and lead the majors with 17, the team's most since 1976.

MILLER TIME

Indians All-Star reliever Andrew Miller threw 44 pitches off the mound as he nears a return from knee tendinitis. The left-hander, who has been out since Aug. 22 and not been a part of the Indians' surge, is expected to pitch in simulated games next week. Miller said the session went well and he's eager to take the next step.

''I want to pitch,'' he said. ''I want to get in games. These are the adjustments I need to make. At this point, I'm happy with everything.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy was activated from the 60-day disabled list after being out nearly three months with a broken right wrist. He was hit by a pitch on June 18. For now, Showalter is sticking with Tim Beckham, who entered the series batting .359 with seven homers and 20 RBIs since coming over in a deadline trade.

Indians. 2B Jason Kipnis (hamstring) is increasing his baseball activities and could also play in simulated games in the coming days. ... OF Michael Brantley (ankle) has not been cleared to run unassisted. ''He's frustrated,'' manager Terry Francona said.

UP NEXT

RHP Gabriel Ynoa, recently recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, makes his first start this season for Baltimore against RHP Josh Tomlin, who held Detroit to one run over 5 2-3 innings in his previous start. Ynoa replaces struggling Chris Tillman, headed to the bullpen.

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  • W: M. Clevinger (9-5)L: W. Miley (8-12)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion (34)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Beckham SS30000120.288.336.461.7970.0
M. Machado 3B40100010.271.325.502.8270.5
J. Schoop 2B40000022.304.350.537.887-1.0
A. Jones CF30100100.281.318.472.7892.0
T. Mancini LF40200002.292.339.501.8402.0
C. Davis 1B30000102.221.315.434.7491.0
M. Trumbo DH30000022.243.297.414.710-1.0
S. Smith RF30000020.263.346.449.794-1.0
C. Joseph C20000010.270.303.439.742-0.5
a- C. Sisco C10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
  • a-struck out for Joseph in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS31200101.272.333.487.8207.0
A. Jackson CF31000012.306.371.489.8600.5
B. Zimmer CF00000100.246.311.392.7031.0
Y. Diaz 3B32200000.266.386.339.7265.0
G. Urshela 3B00000100.224.274.267.5411.0
E. Encarnacion DH41131014.256.380.505.8857.5
J. Bruce RF40000023.257.324.519.843-1.0
C. Santana 1B30210100.262.369.474.8435.0
B. Guyer LF20000012.236.330.329.659-0.5
a- L. Chisenhall LF10000100.303.380.559.9391.0
R. Perez C40000012.214.298.346.644-0.5
E. Gonzalez 2B20000110.276.294.459.7530.5
  • a-was walked intentionally for Guyer in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Lindor (35), Y. Diaz (6), C. Santana (33)
  • HR - E. Encarnacion (34)
  • RBI - E. Encarnacion 3 (88), C. Santana (76)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Santana (24)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - F. Lindor (13)
FIELDING
  • DP - T. Beckham, J. Schoop, C. Davis
FIELDING
  • DP - E. Gonzalez, C. Santana, Y. Diaz
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Miley (L, 8-12)5.26443414.961.66-1.0
M. Castro1.01113102.771.10-1.5
R. Bleier1.00000101.951.193.5
C. Tillman0.10000107.821.920.5
PITCHERSIP
W. Miley (L, 8-12)5.2
M. Castro1.0
R. Bleier1.0
C. Tillman0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Clevinger (W, 9-5)6.03003703.301.2625.5
T. Olson1.00000100.001.083.5
B. Shaw1.00000203.241.244.0
N. Goody1.01000102.761.122.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Clevinger (W, 9-5)6.0
T. Olson1.0
B. Shaw1.0
N. Goody1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Bleier (4)
  • IBB - M. Castro 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 102-58, M. Castro 24-13, R. Bleier 14-12, C. Tillman 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 9-2, M. Castro 2-0, R. Bleier 1-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Miley 24, M. Castro 7, R. Bleier 3, C. Tillman
PITCHING
  • WP - N. Goody (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 98-58, T. Olson 11-7, B. Shaw 14-8, N. Goody 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 5-5, B. Shaw 1-0, N. Goody 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 23, T. Olson 3, B. Shaw 3, N. Goody 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Beckham SS30000120.288.336.461.7970.0
M. Machado 3B40100010.271.325.502.8270.5
J. Schoop 2B40000022.304.350.537.887-1.0
A. Jones CF30100100.281.318.472.7892.0
T. Mancini LF40200002.292.339.501.8402.0
C. Davis 1B30000102.221.315.434.7491.0
M. Trumbo DH30000022.243.297.414.710-1.0
S. Smith RF30000020.263.346.449.794-1.0
C. Joseph C20000010.270.303.439.742-0.5
a- C. Sisco C10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
Total3004003118-----
  • a-struck out for Joseph in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS31200101.272.333.487.8207.0
A. Jackson CF31000012.306.371.489.8600.5
B. Zimmer CF00000100.246.311.392.7031.0
Y. Diaz 3B32200000.266.386.339.7265.0
G. Urshela 3B00000100.224.274.267.5411.0
E. Encarnacion DH41131014.256.380.505.8857.5
J. Bruce RF40000023.257.324.519.843-1.0
C. Santana 1B30210100.262.369.474.8435.0
B. Guyer LF20000012.236.330.329.659-0.5
a- L. Chisenhall LF10000100.303.380.559.9391.0
R. Perez C40000012.214.298.346.644-0.5
E. Gonzalez 2B20000110.276.294.459.7530.5
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  • a-was walked intentionally for Guyer in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Lindor (35), Y. Diaz (6), C. Santana (33)
  • HR - E. Encarnacion (34)
  • RBI - E. Encarnacion 3 (88), C. Santana (76)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Santana (24)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - F. Lindor (13)
FIELDING
  • DP - T. Beckham, J. Schoop, C. Davis
FIELDING
  • DP - E. Gonzalez, C. Santana, Y. Diaz
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Miley (L, 8-12)5.26443414.961.66-1.0
M. Castro1.01113102.771.10-1.5
R. Bleier1.00000101.951.193.5
C. Tillman0.10000107.821.920.5
Total8.0755671---
PITCHERSIP
W. Miley (L, 8-12)5.2
M. Castro1.0
R. Bleier1.0
C. Tillman0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Clevinger (W, 9-5)6.03003703.301.2625.5
T. Olson1.00000100.001.083.5
B. Shaw1.00000203.241.244.0
N. Goody1.01000102.761.122.5
Total9.04003110---
PITCHERSIP
M. Clevinger (W, 9-5)6.0
T. Olson1.0
B. Shaw1.0
N. Goody1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Bleier (4)
  • IBB - M. Castro 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 102-58, M. Castro 24-13, R. Bleier 14-12, C. Tillman 8-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 9-2, M. Castro 2-0, R. Bleier 1-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Miley 24, M. Castro 7, R. Bleier 3, C. Tillman
PITCHING
  • WP - N. Goody (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 98-58, T. Olson 11-7, B. Shaw 14-8, N. Goody 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 5-5, B. Shaw 1-0, N. Goody 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 23, T. Olson 3, B. Shaw 3, N. Goody 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Lindor scored, Zimmer to third, Urshela to second on wild pitch05
  • 6TH INNING
    Santana doubled to right, Diaz scored04
  • 1ST INNING
    Encarnacion homered to center, Jackson and Diaz scored03
  • 9TH INNING
    • Nick Goody relieved Bryan Shaw
    • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Jones lined out to center
    • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Mancini singled to center
    • C. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Mancini to second on wild pitch, Davis grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Bryan Shaw relieved Tyler Olson
    • Chance Sisco hit for Caleb Joseph
    • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sisco struck out looking
    • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
    • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Machado grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Bleier Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana grounded out to second
    • L. Chisenhall: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chisenhall flied out to deep center
    • Chris Tillman relieved Richard Bleier
    • R. Perez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tyler Olson relieved Mike Clevinger
    • Bradley Zimmer in center
    • Giovanny Urshela at third
    • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Davis lined out to third
    • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
    • S. Smith: Smith flied out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Castro Pitching:
    • E. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor singled to right
    • B. Zimmer: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lindor stole second, Zimmer intentionally walked
    • G. Urshela: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Urshela walked, Lindor to third, Zimmer to second
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
    • Richard Bleier relieved Miguel Castro
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lindor scored, Zimmer to third, Urshela to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • M. Machado: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
    • J. Schoop: Foul, Foul, Ball, Schoop grounded out to third
    • A. Jones: Jones singled to center
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Foul, Mancini popped out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Diaz doubled to deep left
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion grounded out to first, Diaz to third
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bruce grounded out to first
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana doubled to right, Diaz scored
    • Miguel Castro relieved Wade Miley
    • Lonnie Chisenhall hit for Brandon Guyer
    • L. Chisenhall: Chisenhall intentionally walked
    • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Perez grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • S. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • C. Joseph: Joseph flied out to right
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • R. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Perez grounded out to third
    • E. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
    • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor doubled to deep left
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jackson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones grounded out to first
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mancini singled to center
    • C. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to center
    • M. Trumbo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Trumbo struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bruce flied out to deep right
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana singled to right center
    • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Guyer grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Santana out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • S. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Joseph struck out looking
    • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Beckham walked
    • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Ball, Machado singled to right, Beckham to third
    • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jackson struck out swinging
    • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Encarnacion grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Clevinger Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jones walked
    • T. Mancini: Foul, Mancini grounded into double play third to second to first, Jones out at second
    • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davis walked
    • M. Trumbo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Trumbo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Miley Pitching:
    • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Perez fouled out to catcher
    • E. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gonzalez out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Beckham: Ball, Beckham flied out to deep right
    • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Machado flied out to deep center
    • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Schoop grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Jackson reached on fielder's choice to second, Lindor out at second
    • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Diaz singled to right, Jackson to second
    • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion homered to center, Jackson and Diaz scored
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
    • B. Guyer: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Guyer struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)