The Cleveland Indians' win streak continues to reach new heights as they added to their franchise record with their 16th straight win on Friday night, 5-0 over the Baltimore Orioles. Edwin Encarnacion stayed hot with a three-run long ball in the first inning, as The Tribe currently holds the longest win streak in the majors since 2002. The Oakland Athletics won 20 in a row during that 2002 season, while the 1935 Chicago Cubs hold the record with 21 straight victories. The defending American League Champions have only trailed twice in the previous 144 innings, as they have not dropped a game since August 23rd. During their current win streak, they have outscored opponents 114-28. Mike Clevinger threw six impressive innings for the Indians, and he has now won three straight starts and has not allowed a run in that span. Encarnacion's homer was his 34th of the season against O's starter Wade Miley, who suffered his 12th loss of the year. The Indians will host Baltimore in a couple of matinee games Saturday and Sunday, with full intentions of extending their win streak.
Padres Snap Diamondbacks' Win Streak
The Arizona Diamondbacks were able to make things interesting on Friday night, but in the end, they saw the completion of their recent win streak. The San Diego Padres held off the D-backs on Friday for a 10-6 victory at Chase Field, snapping the Wild Card leaders' 13-game win streak. The Padres, jumped out to an 8-0 lead, before Arizona scored six unanswered, but could not cut in to the deficit anymore from there. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases in the sixth inning, but reliever Craig Stammen retired the side and stranded all three runners. Jordan Lyles threw six-plus innings in his first win with San Diego, handing the Diamondbacks their second loss in the past 16 games. The Padres' starter even helped himself at the plate with a two-run single off of Patrick Corbin in the fourth. That was San Diego's big inning, as they ended up scoring six to break things open. Manuel Margot led the attack with a two-run triple and a two-run single to drive in four on the night. Corbin was charged with eight runs allowed on 11 hits in 4.1 innings, this after the D-backs' starters were 12-0 during the win streak. Arizona still holds a six-game lead on the Colorado Rockies for the top Wild Card spot, and will look to get back on track on Saturday night.
Elliott Wins Injunction, Likely to Play All Season
Just two days after Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was told his six-game suspension would stand, he received good news as he continued to fight the ban. Elliott was granted a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on Friday, which means the star will likely play the entire season. The injunction allows Elliott to play while the legal process plays out, and if this was denied, reports say the running back would have appealed to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court for the ruling. Before the move, Elliott was eligible to play the season opener on Sunday night against the New York Giants, with his six-game suspension beginning in Week 2. The ban was brought down by commissioner Roger Goodell on August 11th, but due to the timing of the decision on Elliott's appeal, the league was allowing him to play in Week 1. All of this stems from domestic violence accusations against Elliott on his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, in July of 2016. The former Ohio State Buckeye has denied those claims. He has also been caught on video lifting a girl's skirt up during a party, which also drew scrutiny toward the Rookie of the Year. There is no official timetable on the legal process, but until that is settled, the star back will continue to suit up for the Cowboys.