Edwin Encarnacion and Yan Gomes homered, and rookie Shane Bieber picked up his 10th win as the Cleveland Indians snapped Tampa Bay’s franchise-record, 12-game home winning streak with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
The 23-year-old Bieber (10-3) struck out a career-high 11 batters while allowing just three hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings. He improved to 6-0 in 10 career road starts.
Encarnacion and Gomes each had two hits for Cleveland (82-63), which sliced its magic number to three to clinch the AL Central title. Cody Allen pitched around a leadoff single by Joey Wendle in the ninth to pick up his 27th save and complete Cleveland’s 15th shutout win of the season.
Tyler Glasnow (1-6) took the loss despite allowing only two runs on six hits in seven innings. He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter as Tampa Bay lost for just the fourth time in its past 21 games.
Gomes gave the Indians a 1-0 lead in the fifth with his 14th homer of the season, a 435-foot drive to center.
Encarnacion made it 2-0 with his 30th homer of the season in the sixth, extending his streak of seasons with 30 or more home runs and 90 or more RBIs (96) to seven, the longest in the majors.
He also joined Jose Ramirez (37) and Francisco Lindor (34) as Indians with 30 home runs this season, the fifth time in club history that the team had three players with 30 or more homers in a season and the first time since 1999, when Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome and Richie Sexson did it.
Tampa Bay’s best scoring chance came in the seventh inning when Wendle led off with a double to center and advanced to third after two-out, back-to-back walks to Jake Bauers and Matt Duffy loaded the bases. Reliever Brad Hand, who threw seven consecutive balls after coming on in relief of Bieber following Bauers’ walk, battled back to get to Mallex Smith to pop out to short on a 3-2 pitch.
Hand tossed a perfect eighth inning before Allen took over in the ninth.
Josh Donaldson, playing his first game since May 28 after being sidelined with a left calf injury, made his Indians debut and started at third base. He finished 0-for-4 but was retired on long flyouts to the warning track in center and right.
—Field Level Media