So how did Bauer get his mind and body in the right places to, hopefully, extend the winning and face a good Baltimore team loaded with power bats and vying for a wild card berth in the upcoming American League playoffs? But when you've got that rotation, that bullpen and that offense, it's a pretty complete team. "We understand that", said Tomlin.
The Orioles started the season 22-10 and then plummeted, going 12-16 in May, 12-16 in June and 12-14 in July before an out-of-nowhere 17-12 August. Throughout this franchise-record run, the Indians have maintained that it's not much of a discussion topic in the clubhouse. What's more, Sunday's victory was only the third one-run victory in the Indians' 18-game stretch.
In his first start of the season, starter Gabriel Ynoa (1-1) surrendered three runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts as the Orioles suffered their third straight loss.
Francona said Zimmer sustained a broken bone in the hand and will be examined today by hand specialist, Dr. Thomas Graham.
The Astros are at risk of being swept by the Athletics, but first, Oakland will have to solve Houston ace Dallas Keuchel (12-3, 2.88).
"I had no more bats", Lindor said.
Hellickson took the loss, pitching six innings and giving up three runs and four hits with one strikeout and no walks.
ROCKIES 8, DODGERS 1 The NL West leaders lost their 10th consecutive game for their worst skid in 25 years and have dropped 15 of 16 yet still have the best record in the majors at 92-51.
Even in the count, 1-1, Perez fouled off two straight pitches, eventually worked the count full, and then, belted the pay-off pitch over the 19-foot wall in left field. He struck out the first two hitters and retired Trey Mancini on a line drive to right field to end the game. It was the first time since Cleveland's last loss that the Indians didn't score first.
Jose Ramirez, back in the lineup after missing three games with a sore wrist, grounded out to second, but Lindor scored, giving the Indians a 1-0 lead. That ties him with Rafael Palmeiro for sixth-most in an Orioles uniform.
Friday brings us a full slate of 15 MLB games, including the first regular season Friday night game in Wrigley Field history. "Twenty-one games in 20 days these guys need a blow, and tomorrow is the perfect time to give them one".
Of course, it helps that in the long run he has a proven track record as a winner. "We said, 'We put ourselves in this situation, and we're the only ones who can get ourselves out of it'". Urshela, playing second base for the first time in the majors, made a diving stop behind the bag of Manny Machado's ground ball. But Ohio State has a quarterback quandary right now, and the pressure is heating up on Barrett to fix it.