Indians at Giants
The Cleveland Indians look to snap their longest losing streak since 2015 on Monday as they open a three-game series against the host San Francisco Giants, who have dropped six of their last seven. Cleveland was swept in three games by last-place Oakland over the weekend and have lost four in a row, but they’ll receive little sympathy from a cellar-dwelling Giants team that has fallen 23 games under .500.
Francisco Lindor went 4-for-4 with three doubles in Sunday’s 7-3 loss to the Athletics, but he was one of the few bright spots as starting pitcher Trevor Bauer lasted just eight batters and failed to escape the first inning. The Indians were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the loss but still lead the American League Central by 1 1/2 games over Minnesota and hope to get untracked across the Bay. Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was scratched from Sunday’s 7-1 loss to San Diego with a sprained left wrist and is listed as day-to-day, and the team desperately needs his power. Belt has a team-high 16 home runs for the Giants, who have hit the fewest homers in the majors and have been outhomered 36-24 at AT&T Park.
TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, STO (Cleveland), NBCSN Bay Area (San Francisco)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Josh Tomlin (5-9, 5.90 ERA) vs. Giants LH Matt Moore (3-9, 6.04)
Tomlin turned in an encouraging outing last Thursday against San Diego, allowing two runs over seven innings in an 11-2 victory. The strong performance was a step in the right direction after the 32-year-old gave up a total of 21 runs in his five previous starts. Eduardo Nunez is hitless in nine at-bats against Tomlin, who is 9-5 with a 4.51 ERA in 18 career interleague starts but has never faced San Francisco.
Moore’s disastrous season continued in his last start on July 7, when he allowed five runs on 12 hits over 3 1/3 innings against Miami. The Giants are 5-13 when the 28-year-old takes the mound, including 2-6 at home. Moore, who owns a 2-1 record and 3.81 ERA in six starts against the Indians, last faced Cleveland in 2016 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays and allowed one run in seven innings.
1. Nunez has reached base safely in 33 consecutive games.
2. The Indians are 4-8 all-time against the Giants, including six straight losses.
3. Giants RHP Matt Cain will start Wednesday’s series finale in place of RHP Johnny Cueto (blisters).