Indians at Giants
The Cleveland Indians have halted a season-high four-game losing streak and look to protect their American League Central lead when they visit the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday for the middle contest of their three-game series. Cleveland ended its slide with a 5-3 victory on Monday, maintaining its 1 1/2-game division lead over Minnesota.
Francisco Lindor went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in Monday's victory and is a scorching 7-for-9 over his last two games. Bradley Zimmer was hitless in five at-bats and is 0-for-11 through four contests of Cleveland's six-game road trip. San Francisco has dropped three straight games and seven of its last eight as its 35-59 record is the second-worst in the majors. The Giants have played poorly at home, going 17-25, and Monday's defeat was their 14th in the last 18 at AT&T Park.
TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), NBCSN Bay Area (San Francisco)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Mike Clevinger (5-3, 3.00 ERA) vs. Giants LH Ty Blach (6-5, 4.60)
Clevinger has won three straight decisions, including a triumph over Detroit in his last turn in which he gave up three hits over six scoreless innings. The 26-year-old has been superb in his last three starts, allowing two runs and seven hits in 18 frames during the stretch. Clevinger has registered 66 strikeouts in 60 innings while holding opponents to a .184 batting average.
Blach has won back-to-back outings to recover from a rough four-start stretch. The 26-year-old went 0-3 with a 9.28 ERA during his hardships, twice allowing seven runs and giving up 10 or more hits. Blach is 3-3 with a 3.88 ERA in 11 home appearances (eight starts) and has served up just two homers (of eight total) at AT&T Park.
1. The Indians are just 4-11 in interleague games this season after Monday's victory.
2. San Francisco 1B Brandon Belt (wrist) sat out the last two games but hopes to return Tuesday.
3. Cleveland recalled LHP Ryan Merritt from Columbus and optioned OF Tyler Naquin to the same Triple-A club.