Sometimes it’s just not fair. Towards the end of his outing Thursday night, Carlos Carrasco struck out six consecutive Blue Jays en route to a 4-1 win for his Cleveland Indians. Cleveland now has won 13 games in a row, tying the franchise record they set in 1951. R.A. Dickey's won-loss record fell to 5-9 in another outing in which the Blue Jays bats provided minimal offence.
Carrasco briefly showed that he was human in the bottom of the fourth inning when Josh Donaldson slammed a first-pitch into the centre field porch for his 19th homer of 2016.
R.A. Dickey surrendered two first-pitch home runs of his own to Rajai Davis and Jason Kipnis, but only gave three runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out four. Brett Cecil and his filthy curveball returned to Toronto from an extended absence, following Dickey with a clean eighth inning.
Darwin Barney—he of the five major league service years—knocked Carrasco out of the game with a one-out double in the bottom of the eighth, Indians leading 3-1. Carrasco finished his outing with a sparkling line: 7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 14 K. His 14 strikeouts was the most for a Cleveland starting pitcher since he himself recorded 15 on September 25, 2015.
Indians reliever Bryan Shaw then walked Ezequiel Carrera to bring the go-ahead run to the plate, but Devon Travis whiffed on a 3-2 cutter to end the threat.
Bo Schultz came in to pitch the top of the ninth and gave Cleveland an insurance run on the speedy Davis’s Texas Leaguer and a Tyler Naquin line drive to right field that Carrera dove and missed on.
Cody Allen converted his 17th save of the season with a clean bottom of the ninth.
Jays of the Day! None.
Suckage Jays: Devon Travis (-.122 WPA), Justin Smoak (-.094).
The Blue Jays (43-37) will look to break the Indians’ (48-30) winning streak tomorrow with a Canada Day matinee. Marcus Stroman faces Josh Tomlin at 1:07 pm Eastern.