Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

28 Comments

Don’t look now, but the Indians are streaking.

Danny Salazar fanned 10 batters, scattered six hits, and allowed just one run over seven innings Saturday as Cleveland took down the visiting Orioles 2-1. It was the seventh victory in 10 games for the Indians, and they’re now 13-5 over their last 18.

Much of the credit for the turnaround is rightfully going to the rotation. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian notes that Cleveland’s top four starters — Salazar, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer — have combined for a 2.49 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 160 strikeouts in 133 2/3 innings since May 13. Salazar himself has a 3.50 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 81/17 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings. He’s only 25 years old.

This is a team that should keep getting better. Despite a dreadful month of April, they’re only five games back in the American League Central standings heading into play Sunday.

Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …

Cubs 4, Nationals 2

Astros 2, Blue Jays 7

Rangers 4, Royals 2

Brewers 4, Twins 2

Giants 7, Phillies 5

Athletics 2, Red Sox 4

Orioles 1, Indians 2

Padres 9, Reds 7

Marlins 5, Rockies 10

Pirates 4, Braves 5

Tigers 7, White Sox 1

Angels 2, Yankees 8

Rays 1, Mariners 2

Cardinals 0, Dodgers 2

Mets 1, Diamondbacks 2