No matter the situation, the upstart Indians can do no wrong this season.
Cleveland has baseball’s best record at 19-8 after Michael Brantley singled home the go-ahead run in a three-run eighth inning yesterday, and the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, for their 13th straight home win.
Cleveland’s third consecutive victory in its last at-bat and sixth straight overall pushed Detroit’s losing streak to six games. It also gave the Indians five series sweeps this season, one more than all of 2010 when they went 69-93.
“Winning breeds confidence and these kids right now are feeling pretty good,’’ manager Manny Acta said.
Brantley followed a tying RBI single by Orlando Cabrera by lining an 0-and-1 pitch from Joaquin Benoit (0-2) to left, scoring Shelley Duncan from second base.
Matt LaPorta added a sacrifice fly for his third RBI and a 5-3 lead as Cleveland extended its best home start in 70 years. The Indians are 13-2 at home for the first time since 1941. They didn’t get their 13th home win last year until June 28.
Chad Durbin (1-1) struck out the only batter he faced, Brandon Inge, to end the eighth. Chris Perez yielded an RBI single to Miguel Cabrera in the ninth before earning his seventh save.
Next up, a six-game trip to the West Coast, starting tomorrow in Oakland.
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2 — Curtis Granderson had a three-run homer, Mark Teixeira hit a solo shot, and New York took the final two games against Toronto to remain unbeaten (5-0-1) in home series.
Ivan Nova (2-2) pieced together his second straight positive outing for the Yankees, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings. Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 10th save.
Orioles 6, White Sox 4 — Rookie Zach Britton (5-1) held scuffling Chicago to one run over six innings, and Nick Markakis had a three-run double during a five-run fifth for visiting Baltimore.
The White Sox have lost 15 of 18, five in a row overall, and seven straight at home.
Angels 6, Rays 5 — Host Tampa Bay couldn’t hang on to a 5-0 lead as Los Angeles got a homer from Hank Conger in the comeback win.
Royals 10, Twins 3 — Mike Aviles had a three-run homer and matched his career high with four RBIs to help propel Kansas City to the home blowout. Jeff Francoeur also went deep as the Royals pounded out 15 hits.
Athletics 7, Rangers 2 — Gio Gonzalez (3-2) allowed only three runners past second base over 6 2/3 innings, and host Oakland scored more than six runs for just the fourth time this season.
Mets 2, Phillies 1 — Ronny Paulino’s RBI double in the top of the 14th ended a nine-inning scoring drought for New York.
Braves 6, Cardinals 5 — Brooks Conrad’s pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the ninth won it for Atlanta. Braves starter Derek Lowe gave up six hits and four runs in five innings three days after his DUI arrest.
Astros 5, Brewers 0 — Carlos Lee clubbed a three-run homer in the sixth for host Houston, but one inning later suffered a rib cage injury when the left fielder collided with a teammate while tracking a popup. Lee was taken to a hospital for tests.
Marlins 9, Reds 5 — Hanley Ramirez’s first homer of the season was among five long balls hit by Florida in Cincinnati. John Buck’s homer snapped a seventh-inning tie.
Nationals 5, Giants 2 — Jordan Zimmermann (2-4) held visiting San Francisco to two runs over six innings and Ivan Rodriguez sealed it for Washington with a two-run single in the eighth.
Pirates 8, Rockies 4 — Garrett Jones drove in three runs for Pittsburgh, which jumped on a shaky Ubaldo Jimenez to win in Denver. In four innings, Jimenez (0-2) gave up four runs, walked four, and threw three wild pitches.
Padres 7, Dodgers 0 — San Diego’s Brad Hawpe doubled his RBI total for the season with a two-run single in the second, backing Dustin Moseley (seven shutout innings) in Los Angeles.
Diamondbacks 4, Cubs 3 — At Phoenix, Daniel Hudson (2-4) pitched seven solid innings and host Arizona scored three runs in the fourth on a balk, sacrifice bunt, and wild pitch.