Indians make history, Ortiz inspires Red Sox


The Cleveland Indians lasted a marathon 19 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays to create franchise history in Friday's MLB action. 

The 2-1 win over the Jays was their 14th consecutive MLB victory - breaking the franchise record of 13 set in 1942 and 1951. 

The streak is also the longest in the American League since the Oakland Athletics won 20 straight matches in 2002.

David Ortiz's 2,000th hit for Boston was also a milestone homer as the Red Sox sealed a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels, while Johnny Cueto lasted seven innings and struck out nine to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4. 

The San Diego Padres held off the New York Yankees ninth-inning rally to win 7-6, the Los Angeles Dodgers shut out the Colorado Rockies 5-0, the Seattle Mariners defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-2, and the Pittsburgh Pirates got the better of the Athletics 7-3. 

A strong fourth inning helped the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-1 win against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Texas Rangers edged the Minnesota Twins 3-2, the Houston Astros beat the Chicago White Sox in a 5-0 shutout, and the Miami Malrins secured a 7-5 win over the Atlanta Braves. 

Rookie pitcher Michael Fulmer was in form as the Detroit Tigers thumped the Tampa Bay Rays 10-2, the New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs by the same scoreline, the Washington Nationals edged the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 and the Kansas City Royals went down 4-3 to the Philadelphia Phillies.


Indians starter Trevor Bauer had been scheduled to pitch Saturday, but was brought out as a reliever and pitched for five innings, earning the win as the in-form side finally managed to break out ahead with Carlos Santana's solo homer.


C.J. Cron crushed his first career grand slam against the Red Sox, which brought the Angels to within one run.



Ortiz hit his 522nd career home run against the Angels, putting him in sole possession of 19th place on the all-time home-run list. He had been in a four-way tie with former Red Sox great Ted Williams, Frank Thomas and Willie McCovey. It was also Ortiz's 2,000th hit with the Red Sox.



Two aces will be on the mound as Chicago's Chris Sale (13-2, 2.79 ERA) takes on Houston's Doug Fister (8-4, 3.36). Sale needs just two more wins to tie David Wells' record for most wins (15) by an American League pitcher before the All-Star break since 1990.