Carlos Carrasco dominates Blue Jays with 14 Ks in Indians win

The Blue Jays' offence struck out 14 times against Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco as Cleveland continued their winning ways in Toronto.

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A dominant performance from Carlos Carrasco gave the Cleveland Indians their longest winning streak in nearly 65 years. 

Carrasco struck out a season-high 14 batters, Jason Kipnis and Rajai Davis hit solo home runs and the Cleveland Indians matched a franchise record by winning their 13th consecutive game Thursday with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Carrasco "pitched his heart out," according to Indians manager Terry Francona.

"That's a good lineup and he really pitched well," Francona said.

"No doubt about it, it was Carrasco's night," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He was on." 

'We've played really hard'

Cleveland's streak is the longest by any team this season, and the longest for the Indians since winning 13 straight in 1951. Cleveland also won 13 in a row in 1942.

Starting pitchers for the Indians are 10-0 during the streak and Cleveland has outscored its opponents 80-26.

"It feels great," Carrasco said. "We've played really hard and we need to continue that. Everything is coming together." 

Coming off a four-hit shutout victory in Detroit, Carrasco (4-2) allowed one run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings to win back-to-back starts for the first time since April. The right-hander was sidelined from April 25 to June 2 with a strained left hamstring.

Carrasco's career-high in strikeouts is 15, set Sept. 25, 2015, in Kansas City. Against Toronto, he struck out four straight in the third and fourth innings, then fanned six straight over the sixth, seventh and eighth.
Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco allowed one run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings to win back-to-back starts for the first time since April. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Bryan Shaw replaced Carrasco after Darwin Barney ended the strikeout streak with a double. Shaw struck out pinch hitter Russell Martin, walked Ezequiel Carrera, then fanned Josh Donaldson to end the inning.

Cody Allen got the last three outs for his 17th save.

Davis hit a leadoff shot off R.A. Dickey in the second inning and Kipnis hit a one-out home run in the third.

"We expect to win every night we step on the field," Davis said. "We've just got to keep that mindset and not worry about everything else."

Dickey (5-9) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. The knuckleballer has allowed six home runs in his past two starts, all of them solo shots. He is 0-6 with a 5.14 ERA in eight home starts.

"They ran into a few that didn't do much," Dickey said. 

Donaldson provided Toronto's only offence with a two-out solo homer off Carrasco in the fourth.
Cleveland's Rajai Davis, left, rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the second inning off R.A. Dickey on Thursday at the Rogers Centre. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)


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