Monday, June 27, 2016

Tribe seeking 10th straight win as it hits Atlanta

The Indians look to extend their winning streak to 10 games when Trevor Bauer (5-2, 3.20 ERA) takes the mound against the Braves on Monday in Atlanta. Rookie John Gant (1-2, 4.45) makes his fourth career start for the Braves.
Bauer is looking to build off a dominant start in his last outing, in which he tossed a shutout at home against the Rays. It was one of three complete games in a span of four games for the Indians. Bauer is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in five June starts.
Gant, meanwhile, is looking to bounce back after allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings at Miami. The rookie has floated between Atlanta and Triple-A Gwinnett a few times this season.
He first made it to the big leagues as a reliever, coming out of the Braves' bullpen, where he posted a 5.27 ERA in seven appearances. He has a 3.24 ERA as a starter, in three starts.
Things to know about this game 
• This is the first meeting between the Indians and Braves since 2013, when the Braves swept a three-game series at Turner Field. Atlanta holds a 5-1 edge over the last six meetings, dating back to 2007.
• The Braves have the worst home record in the Majors at 11-29. The Indians are tied for the second-most road wins in the American League with 21.
• Cleveland has experienced a recent power surge. The Indians have scored 60 runs during the nine-game winning streak. The Indians have 41 extra-base hits during that stretch, 19 of them home runs.

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