Melky Cabrera went deep to lead "The Tribe," who pounded out 13 hits to hand Nathan Eovaldi his fifth loss of the year. Greg Allen was coming off a big night where he had the game-winning home run and had a double, single, and RBI in the win. Cabrera had a home run for a second straight night, while Yan Gomes also left the ballpark to help Cleveland improve to 15-4 in the month of August.
The Indians have extended their AL Central lead to 13.5 games over the Minnesota Twins, as they have won nine of their past 10 games. They handed Eovaldi his first loss with the Red Sox, as he had been 2-0 in four starts since coming over in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.
And it's been talked about plenty that the St. Louis Cardinals are once again a major obstacle in the National League. They kept their red hot streak going with their second straight win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-2, at Dodger Stadium. Marcell Ozuna hit his 16th home run of the season, as the Cards went deep for a 14th straight game. That is the longest current streak in the majors.
Yadier Molina also added a two-run shot, as the Cardinals moved to 16-4 in August. This win moves them back a half-game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for the top spot in the NL Wild Card standings. They are also just 2.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. The Cubs fell to the Detroit Tigers, 2-1, on Tuesday.
Jose Martinez contributed with an RBI single in the third inning, helping the Cardinals clinch their eighth straight series victory. That matches their longest streak in franchise history, which took place from April 10th-May 7th of the 2015 season.
The Dodgers struggled to capitalize on scoring opportunities and have now stranded 25 runners in the first two games of the series. Manny Machado did connect for his 29th home run of the season, as the Dodgers dropped to 3.5 games out of first place in the NL West, which is the farthest they've been back since July 1st. They also dropped to an even 32-32 at home this year.
Both the Indians and Cardinals will continue these crucial series on Wednesday night.