Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber wrapped up a shaky pregame bullpen session and shared a worried look with catcher Kevin Plawecki.
“I was like, ‘Let’s just find a way to get it done,’” Bieber told his battery mate. “Fortunately, I was able to do that.”
He sure was. Bieber pitched a one-hitter, allowing only a double by Eric Sogard in the seventh inning, and the Indians kept up their surge by beating the Blue Jays 4-0 in Toronto on Wednesday night.
Cleveland topped prime trade target Marcus Stroman and improved to 14-4 in July. They are 30-12 since June 4, the best record in the majors over that span.
The shutout was Cleveland’s AL-leading 11th.
Bieber (10-3) struck out 10 and walked one in his second career complete game. The MVP of the All-Star Game blanked Baltimore on May 19 when he fanned 15.
“He just pitched like a veteran,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He’s maturing so fast. He’s barely got a year under his belt. It just looks like he’s going to get better and better. It’s fun to watch.”
Cardinals 14, Pirates 8: Paul DeJong hit three home runs, including one during a nine-run second inning, and St. Louis walloped host Pittsburgh. The Cardinals had eight extra-base hits in the second, tying a major-league record for an inning.
Rays 3, Red Sox 2: Charlie Morton struck out 11 over seven innings and host Tampa Bay beat Boston in a game that the Red Sox protested due to the placement of subs into the Rays’ lineup after the designated hitter was removed.
Nationals sweep Rockies: Patrick Corbin pitched six shutout innings for his first victory in nearly a month, and host Washington beat Colorado 2-0 for a doubleheader sweep. In the first game, Anthony Rendon homered on the first pitch of the seventh inning to lift Washington 3-2.
Phillies 4, Tigers 0: Vince Velasquez pitched impressively into the sixth inning and visiting Philadelphia beat Detroit. J.T. Realmuto and Nick Williams homered for the Phillies.
Brewers 5, Reds 4: Ryan Braun and Keston Hiura homered, Yasmani Grandal hit a go-ahead single and Josh Hader made a lights-out relief appearance with five strikeouts in two innings to lift host Milwaukee.
Diamondbacks 5, Orioles 2: Carson Kelly hit a three-run homer, Taylor Clarke pitched six effective innings and host Arizona beat Baltimore.
Mariners 5, Rangers 3: Mike Leake outpitched Mike Minor in what could be the final start for each before the upcoming trade deadline, Daniel Vogelbach hit a pair of solo home runs, and Seattle beat visiting Texas.
Padres 7, Mets 2: Fernando Tatis Jr. had three hits to help visiting San Diego beat Noah Syndergaard and New York.
Royals 2, Braves 0: Brad Keller thrived in his Georgia homecoming, allowing only four hits in seven innings and adding a second-inning single for his first career RBI, as Kansas City beat Atlanta.
Marlins 2, White Sox 0: Rookie Zac Gallen pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and Cesar Puello hit a two-run homer in the eighth as Miami beat host Chicago.
Yankees 10, Twins 7: Didi Gregorius drove in three runs with two of New York’s nine extra-base hits, and the visiting Yankees clobbered Minnesota’s pitching.
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