The Cleveland Indians got one back in the win column north of the border.
The Indians used strong pitching from starter Carlos Carrasco and timely hitting both early and late in the game to earn a 6-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre Tuesday night, a win that evened up the three-game series at one victory each heading into Wednesday’s nightcap.
Here are three takeaways from Tuesday’s win.
CARRASCO BELONGS AT TOP OF ROTATION
Carrasco spread three Toronto hits over seven innings of work with seven strikeouts without allowing a walk or run on the way to a 6-0 victory for the Indians (18-14).
Carrasco faced the minimum of three batters in five of the seven innings he worked against the Blue Jays, and got around the hits in the first, third and seventh frames.
After getting right fielder Jose Bautista to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to end the bottom half of the first inning, he got two strikeouts each in the second, third and fourth frames to keep the Blue Jays off of the scoreboard.
Then, in the bottom of the seventh, Carrasco worked around a one-out single from Bautista by getting pinch hitter Steve Pearce to fly out to right field and first baseman Justin Smoak to strike out swinging for his final out of the game and the last of the inning.
CARRASCO CONTINUES ROAD DOMINANCE
Despite a 2.49 earned run average, Carrasco is 0-2 in three starts at Progressive Field, but road games have been a much different story for the 30-year old native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela during the 2017 season.
In three road starts, Carrasco is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA over 19.2 innings of work. He has allowed just 12 hits, four earned runs, one home run and three walks against 20 strikeouts. Conversely, Carrasco has allowed 14 hits, six earned runs, four home runs and five walks against 19 strikeouts over 21.2 innings in Cleveland.
GOMES IS COMING AROUND
At a time when the Indians have struggled to find offense, they have discovered some from an unlikely source, catcher Yan Gomes.
After struggling at the plate for nearly the first month of the season while trying to get his timing down following lengthy stints on the disabled list over the last two years because of a myriad of injuries, Gomes has started to come around.
In his last 14 games, Gomes is hitting .378 with one home run, four runs batted in and four doubles. In Tuesday’s win, Gomes went two for three with a three-run home run and two runs scored.
The Indians made sure the outcome was not in doubt when Gomes, a former Blue Jays catcher, crushed the three-run homer into the seats behind the Toronto bullpen in left field in the top of the eighth inning, which gave Cleveland a 6-0 advantage.
With left fielder Brandon Guyer and right fielder Abraham Almonte on base via a hit-by-pitch and single to right field respectively, Gomes smashed the first pitch he saw from left-handed reliever Aaron Loup over the wall for his second homer of the season.