Indians top Pirates 4-0, end Pittsburgh's 11-game win streak

CLEVELAND (AP) Trevor Bauer, Adam Cimber and Brad Hand combined for an emphatic end to the Pittsburgh Pirates' 11-game winning streak.

Bauer struck out 10 over seven innings and the newly acquired relievers completed a three-hitter as the Cleveland Indians beat the Pirates 4-0 on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh was seeking its first 12-game winning streak since 1965 but only advanced one runner to third base. The Pirates had scored six or more runs in seven straight games before losing for the first time since July 10 against Washington.

''When you face a team that's hot like that, I enjoy meeting the challenge head-on,'' said Bauer, who improved to 3-0 with an MLB-low 0.33 ERA in four interleague starts this season.

''I challenged them, forced them to hit my stuff,'' he said. ''I wanted to see who was tougher.''

Bauer (9-6) allowed two hits and two walks in his ninth double-digit strikeout game this year.

Cimber, acquired from San Diego along with Hand on July 19, got the first two outs in the eighth. Hand retired the next four batters, striking out three, for his first save with Cleveland. He had 24 saves with the Padres.

''Those guys are taking my innings away from me, jerks,'' Bauer said, chuckling. ''They're good, and that's what we got them to do, you know? Come in and shut the game down.''

Edwin Encarnacion had a two-run single in the third off Jameson Taillon (7-8), and Yonder Alonso had a two-run homer in the eighth against Felipe Vazquez.

Jose Ramirez scored twice and stole two bases for the Indians, who lead the AL Central by eight games over Minnesota. Francisco Lindor went had two hits.

''Trevor Bauer was as good as advertised,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''The spin pitches, sometimes they looked like a whiffle-ball coming in there, and he has enough run to the arm-side fastball at times that it keeps you honest.''

Pittsburgh, which outscored Cleveland 16-4 in winning the first two games of the series, was blanked for the ninth time. Jordy Mercer, Jacob Stallings and Adam Frazier had hits.

Pirates center fielder Starling Marte left in the first inning after being struck on the left hand by a Bauer pitch. Left fielder Corey Dickerson did not play because of a strained left hamstring that occurred Tuesday.

CLOSE CALL

Marte's career-high hitting streak remains intact at 17 games because he did not record an official at-bat or sacrifice fly before leaving. Initial medical tests revealed a bruise, but no fracture.

''The news we received was the best news we could have gotten as far as the severity,'' Hurdle said. ''I don't think it's too bad.''

Marte has an NL-high 20 RBIs in July and is batting .292 with 16 homers and 54 RBIs on the season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (right forearm strain) began performing gripping exercises Tuesday and did not experience any problems. The 25-year-old starter was placed on the disabled list on June 29.

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (right knee inflammation) will pitch every other day during his rehab assignment with Double-A Akron. He allowed four runs in 1/3 of an inning in his first outing Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Pirates RHP Nick Kingham (5-4, 4.11 ERA) takes on Mets LHP Steven Matz (4-8, 3.65 ERA) in the opener of a nine-game homestand Thursday at PNC Park.

Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco (12-5, 4.03 ERA) faces Tigers RHP Mike Fiers (7-6, 3.49 ERA) to begin a six-game trip Friday at Comerica Park.

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  • W: T. Bauer (9-6)L: J. Taillon (7-8)S: B. Hand (25)
  • HR: CLE - Y. Alonso (16)
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J. Luplow LF40000002.182.217.455.6720.0
S. Marte CF00000000.292.339.503.8420.0
A. Frazier CF30100011.241.323.362.6841.5
G. Polanco RF30000111.235.332.498.8310.5
C. Moran 3B40000022.263.332.391.723-1.0
J. Bell 1B30000121.270.351.408.7590.0
D. Freese DH30000022.273.330.412.742-1.0
S. Rodriguez 2B30000022.174.288.341.628-1.0
J. Mercer SS30100020.259.319.396.7150.0
J. Stallings C30100010.154.214.154.3680.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS41200001.293.369.559.9273.0
    M. Brantley LF40100011.300.347.477.8230.5
    J. Ramirez 3B22000201.298.403.6251.0288.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40120012.237.322.481.8032.5
    Y. Alonso 1B41121003.256.327.450.7777.0
    M. Cabrera RF30100010.250.282.342.6240.5
    R. Davis PR-CF10000000.250.304.297.6020.0
    J. Kipnis 2B30100001.222.309.366.6753.0
    R. Perez C30000021.148.227.217.444-1.0
    T. Naquin CF-RF30100011.264.295.356.6510.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Frazier (4)
      BATTING
      • 3B - J. Kipnis
      • HR - Y. Alonso (16)
      • RBI - E. Encarnacion 2 (71), Y. Alonso 2 (58)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion 2 (24), Y. Alonso 2 (22)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - S. Marte (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Ramirez 2 (22)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Rodriguez-Mercer-Bell)
      • E - G. Polanco
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Kipnis-Lindor-Alonso)
      • E - F. Lindor (13)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Taillon (L, 7-8)7.07221503.731.2211.5
      K. Crick0.20111102.131.18-1.5
      F. Vazquez0.11110013.161.29-2.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Taillon (L, 7-8)7.0
      K. Crick0.2
      F. Vazquez0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (W, 9-6)7.020021002.321.1232.0
      A. Cimber (H, 7)0.21000003.021.07-1.0
      B. Hand (S, 25)1.10000303.021.0511.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (W, 9-6)7.0
      A. Cimber (H, 7)0.2
      B. Hand (S, 25)1.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 89-57, K. Crick 17-9, F. Vazquez 6-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 8-7, K. Crick 1-0, F. Vazquez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 28, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 2
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Bauer (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 102-66, A. Cimber 7-5, B. Hand 17-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 7-4, A. Cimber 1-0, B. Hand 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 26, A. Cimber 2, B. Hand 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Luplow LF40000002.182.217.455.6720.0
      S. Marte CF00000000.292.339.503.8420.0
      A. Frazier CF30100011.241.323.362.6841.5
      G. Polanco RF30000111.235.332.498.8310.5
      C. Moran 3B40000022.263.332.391.723-1.0
      J. Bell 1B30000121.270.351.408.7590.0
      D. Freese DH30000022.273.330.412.742-1.0
      S. Rodriguez 2B30000022.174.288.341.628-1.0
      J. Mercer SS30100020.259.319.396.7150.0
      J. Stallings C30100010.154.214.154.3680.5
      Total29030021311-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS41200001.293.369.559.9273.0
        M. Brantley LF40100011.300.347.477.8230.5
        J. Ramirez 3B22000201.298.403.6251.0288.0
        E. Encarnacion DH40120012.237.322.481.8032.5
        Y. Alonso 1B41121003.256.327.450.7777.0
        M. Cabrera RF30100010.250.282.342.6240.5
        R. Davis PR-CF10000000.250.304.297.6020.0
        J. Kipnis 2B30100001.222.309.366.6753.0
        R. Perez C30000021.148.227.217.444-1.0
        T. Naquin CF-RF30100011.264.295.356.6510.5
        Total3148412611-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Frazier (4)
          BATTING
          • 3B - J. Kipnis
          • HR - Y. Alonso (16)
          • RBI - E. Encarnacion 2 (71), Y. Alonso 2 (58)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion 2 (24), Y. Alonso 2 (22)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - S. Marte (6)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Ramirez 2 (22)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Rodriguez-Mercer-Bell)
          • E - G. Polanco
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Kipnis-Lindor-Alonso)
          • E - F. Lindor (13)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Taillon (L, 7-8)7.07221503.731.2211.5
          K. Crick0.20111102.131.18-1.5
          F. Vazquez0.11110013.161.29-2.0
          Total8.0844261---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Taillon (L, 7-8)7.0
          K. Crick0.2
          F. Vazquez0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Bauer (W, 9-6)7.020021002.321.1232.0
          A. Cimber (H, 7)0.21000003.021.07-1.0
          B. Hand (S, 25)1.10000303.021.0511.5
          Total9.03002130---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Bauer (W, 9-6)7.0
          A. Cimber (H, 7)0.2
          B. Hand (S, 25)1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 89-57, K. Crick 17-9, F. Vazquez 6-4
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 8-7, K. Crick 1-0, F. Vazquez 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 28, K. Crick 3, F. Vazquez 2
          PITCHING
          • HBP - T. Bauer (8)
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 102-66, A. Cimber 7-5, B. Hand 17-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 7-4, A. Cimber 1-0, B. Hand 1-0
          • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 26, A. Cimber 2, B. Hand 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Alonso homered to right center, Ramirez scored04
          • 3RD INNING
            Encarnacion singled to left, Lindor and Ramirez scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • B. Hand Pitching:
            • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to second
            • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Moran struck out looking
            • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bell struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mercer singled to left
            • Adam Cimber relieved Trevor Bauer
            • J. Stallings: Foul, Ball, Stallings singled to left, Mercer to second
            • J. Luplow: Ball, Foul, Foul, Luplow grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Mercer to third, Stallings out at second
            • Brad Hand relieved Adam Cimber
            • A. Frazier: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Kyle Crick relieved Jameson Taillon
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez stole second
            • Felipe Vazquez relieved Kyle Crick
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso homered to right center, Ramirez scored
            • R. Davis: Davis grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Polanco walked
            • C. Moran: Moran lined out to center
            • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked, Polanco to second
            • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
            • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Rodriguez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Bell out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Taillon Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Foul, Naquin singled to center
            • F. Lindor: Lindor grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Naquin out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • J. Stallings: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Stallings struck out looking
            • J. Luplow: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Luplow grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Frazier grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Taillon Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Alonso lined out to left
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to left
            • Rajai Davis ran for Melky Cabrera
            • J. Kipnis: Pickoff attempt, Kipnis fouled out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
            • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Taillon Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Lindor lined out to center
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley flied out to left
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Frazier doubled to deep right
            • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
            • J. Bell: Bell flied out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Taillon Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis tripled to deep right
            • R. Perez: Perez lined out to third
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • J. Mercer: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
            • J. Stallings: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stallings safe at first on shortstop Lindor fielding error
            • J. Luplow: Luplow grounded bunt out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Taillon Pitching:
            • T. Naquin: Ball, Naquin grounded out to third
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor singled to left
            • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Brantley singled to left, Lindor to second
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to first, Lindor to third, Brantley out at second
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ramirez stole second, Encarnacion singled to left, Lindor and Ramirez scored
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alonso grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • C. Moran: Ball, Moran grounded out to second
            • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bell struck out looking
            • D. Freese: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Freese lined out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Taillon Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to third
            • R. Perez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • T. Bauer Pitching:
            • J. Luplow: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Luplow fouled out to catcher
            • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Marte hit by pitch
            • G. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Marte caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Adam Frazier in center field
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor singled to right, Lindor to second on right fielder Polanco fielding error
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion popped out to shortstop
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Ramirez out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)