Shane Bieber throws third complete game as Indians beat Angels

Shane Bieber pitched a five-hitter to become the first pitcher this season to throw three complete games, leading the Indians over the Angels 6-2 on Sunday to complete host Cleveland’s three-game sweep.

“I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself because there is obviously a lot of work to be done, but I’ve strung a couple of good outings together,” Bieber said. “It’s a lot of fun to be out there playing and giving these guys a chance to win.”

Cleveland is 37-15 since June 4 and Bieber (11-4) has become a main man in the rotation with Corey Kluber injured and Trevor Bauer traded.

“You can go back six or seven years and see everything I said about Kluber, then put Bieber’s name in there and it would be true,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “You know how we feel about Kluber and his work ethic, so to put Justin in there with him, I meant it as a huge compliment.”

Jason Kipnis homered and drove in three runs, Francisco Lindor had two RBIs and a homer, and rookie Oscar Mercado added a third solo shot for Cleveland, which is three games behind AL Central-leading Minnesota.

Rays 7, Marlins 2: Yonny Chirinos allowed one run in five innings before leaving with a hand injury as host Tampa Bay won its sixth in a row to maintain a half-game lead over the A’s for the American League’s second wild-card spot. The Rays are two games behind Cleveland in the race for the top wild-card spot.

Astros 3, Mariners 1: Justin Verlander (15-4) struck out 10 in six innings and took sole possession of the major-league wins lead as host Houston completed a three-game sweep to maintain its 8½-game lead over the second-place A’s in the AL West.

Yankees 7, Red Sox 4: Aaron Judge homered to help host New York complete a four-game sweep. Yankees infielders Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela departed because of injuries. Boston has lost eight in a row.

White Sox 10, Phillies 5: Leury Garcia hit a grand slam, Eloy Jimenez added a three-run shot and Tim Anderson also went deep for visiting Chicago.

Mets 13, Pirates 2: Noah Syndergaard held host Pittsburgh to three hits in seven innings and singled twice as New York won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Diamondbacks 7, Nationals 5: Ketel Marte hit an inside-the-park home run and Adam Jones drove in four runs for host Arizona. Washington has lost four of five.

Cubs 7, Brewers 2: Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber homered as host Chicago completed a three-game sweep to extend its NL Central lead over St. Louis to 1½ games.

Dodgers 11, Padres 10: Max Muncy had four hits, including a game-ending two-run double for Los Angeles.

Twins 3, Royals 0: Devin Smeltzer pitched two-hit ball into the seventh and Jason Castro homered as host Minnesota completed a three-game sweep.

Reds 6, Braves 4: Tucker Barnhart hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the 10th off Shane Greene for visiting Cincinnati.

Rangers 9, Tigers 4: Willie Calhoun hit a tie-breaking three-run triple in the seventh as host Texas completed a three-game series sweep and six-game season sweep.

Orioles 6, Blue Jays 5: Trey Mancini drove in two runs to help host Baltimore prevail.

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