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The Indians completed their 7th sweep of the season and 3rd at Progressive Field with a 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night, marking their 2nd 4-game sweep in 2019 (also, April 6-9 vs. Toronto) and their first 4-game sweep over Detroit since April 9-12, 2018 at Progressive Field. It was their 5th straight victory and 11th in their last 13 contests, moving to a season-high 15 games over .500, which improved them to 26-10 (.722) since June 4, the best win percentage in the Majors in that stretch.
Jose Ramirez gave the Tribe a 5-3 lead in the 6th inning with a 2-run home run, marking his 6th consecutive game with an extra-base hit, the longest active streak in the Majors and extended his hit streak to 10 games, during his streak he is batting .347 (25-72) with 4 home runs and 15 RBI over his last 19 games since June 21.
Trevor Bauer earned his ninth victory of the season pitching 6 and 2/3 innings, giving up 5 hits, three earned runs, two walks, and 10 strikeouts, recorded his 6th double-digit strikeout performance of the year and 25th of his career, passing Carlos Carrasco and Luis Tiant for 5th-most all-time in Indians history and is one shy of tying Herb Score for 4th-most in club history, his 6 double-digit strikeout games this year are 4th-most in the Majors and 3rd-most in the AL.
Jordan Luplow opened the scoring in the 1st inning with a 2-run home run, his 9th homer of the year off a left-handed pitcher (10th overall), T4th-most in the AL became the 5th Cleveland hitter to reach double-digit home runs this year.
The bullpen came in and shut the Tigers down with Brad Hand earning his 26th save of the season, striking out all four of the batters he faced in his 1 and 1/3 innings.
Terry Francona recorded his 600th win as manager of the Indians, joining Lou Boudreau (728), Mike Hargrove (721) and Tris Speaker (617) as the only managers in club history to reach the milestone. He became the fastest manager in Cleveland history to 600 wins, doing so in just 1,065 games (previous, Hargrove, 1,103). He has won 600+ games with both Cleveland and Boston (744), becoming the 6th manager in MLB history to record 600+ wins with multiple franchises.
For the Tigers, Matthew Boyd allowed five runs on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts over 6.0 innings to fall to 6-8 on the year. Niko Goodrum notched his 4th multi-hit effort in his last 10 games, batting .341 (14-41) with two home runs and six RBI in that stretch, hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning, his 8th of the season and Harold Castro added a 2 run shot in the 3rd to finish off the Tigers scoring.
Next up for the Indians, they start a weekend series on Friday against the Kansas City Royals at 7:10 with Shane Bieber on the rubber for the Indians and he opposes Mike Montgomery making his first start for the Royals since being acquired from the Cubs earlier this week.
You can hear all the action starting at 6 with Tribe Insider with Greg Brinda on WTAM 1100 and 106.9 FM.
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