Even though the Cleveland Indians' record win streak has ended, their current run is still jaw-dropping by anyone's standards. The Tribe kept rolling with a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night, which was their 25th win in their past 26 games. Jay Bruce had three hits, falling a home run shy of the cycle, while Austin Jackson added four of his own on the night. Edwin Encarnacion drove in two runs with a single and Roberto Perez went deep in what was Cleveland's ninth straight win over the Angels. Mike Clevinger pitched well on the mound with six innings of one-run baseball, as he struck out six in his 11th win of the season. Tyler Skaggs took his sixth loss of the season for the Angels and has now gone 1-5 in six starts since coming off the disabled list on August 5th. Despite the loss, the Halos stayed 1.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins for the final American League Wild Card spot. Meanwhile, the Indians pulled within two games of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in baseball, which would give them home-field advantage throughout the entire postseason. These two teams will continue this series with another nationally-televised game on ESPN Wednesday night.
Red Sox Take Second Straight From O's in Extras
The Boston Red Sox are finding ways to stay atop the American League East Division, even if it's by the skin of their teeth. The Red Sox hung on for a second straight night in extra innings for a 1-0 win on the road against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. Jackie Bradley Jr. scored the only run of the game on a wild pitch from Orioles reliever Brad Brach, helping Boston keep pace with the second-place New York Yankees, who also won against the Minnesota Twins. The Red Sox are now a season-high 23 games over .500 with 10 wins in their past 13 games, as they improved to 15-3 in extra-inning games this season. That mark ties a franchise record for extra-inning wins set by the 1943 team. All five of Baltimore's hits on the night came against Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz, who lasted six innings on the night. Five Boston relievers would then hold the Orioles hitless over the final five innings. Joe Kelly got the his fourth win after throwing a scoreless 10th, while Matt Barnes closed things out for his first save of the season. The win inches the Red Sox closer to clinching a postseason berth, as they will send the ace Chris Sale to the mound for the third game of this series on Wednesday night.
Cubs Hold Off Rays For Seventh Straight Win
The Chicago Cubs have their foot slammed on the gas pedal as the final two weeks of the season are upon us, and their fight for the NL Central Division continues. Mike Montgomery took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning of a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, which was their seventh victory in a row. Logan Morrison broke up Montgomery's no-hit bid with a solo shot, accounting for the only run of the game for Joe Maddon's former team. The now Cubs manager returned to Tropicana Field for the first time on Tuesday since joining the Cubs a couple of seasons back. Maddon received a standing ovation from the crowd of 25,046 before the game for his nine seasons with the club, which included four postseason appearances, as well as a spot in the 2008 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. His current team, which are defending World Series Champions, now lead the Central by 3.5 games over the Milwaukee Brewers. The St. Louis Cardinals are seemingly out of reach at six games back. Kyle Schwarber's 28th home run was the big blow that backed up Montgomery in his seventh win of the season. Javier Baez drove in the only other run of the game for the Cubs, while Wade Davis struck out the side in the ninth for his 32nd save of the season. These two teams will do battle against at "The Trop" on Wednesday night.