Carrasco pitches Indians to win


Hurler proves effective despite sore ankle

Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivers during Tuesday night’s game against Seattle in Cleveland.

Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivers during Tuesday night’s game against Seattle in Cleveland.


CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco didn’t let a sore ankle get in the way of another win Tuesday night.

Carrasco (2-0) came up limping after covering first base during the third inning but allowed just a run in 6 1/3 innings to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2.

Francisco Lindor had three hits, scored a run in the third, drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth and turned in an outstanding defensive play in the fifth.

Carrasco powered through 103 pitches. He allowed four hits and three walks while striking out five. He was hobbled when Robinson Cano hit into a force play and stepped awkwardly on the base with his right foot taking a throw.

“I tweaked it a little bit but it didn’t bother me,” Carrasco said. “I tape my ankles before every game. Everything was fine.”

Carrasco took a few warmup pitches after a visit from manager Terry Francona and a trainer before striking out Nelson Cruz with two on to end the inning.

“That was a big moment for me to get him on the strikeout,” Carrasco said.

Carrasco’s only mistake came when Kyle Seager hit a solo homer in the sixth.

“I know it was hard for him to push off, but he continued to pitch and besides the one pitch to Seager, kept them off the scoreboard,” said Francona, who checked on Carrasco again during the sixth. “He did a really good job.”

Seattle has scored three runs or fewer nine times in 13 games.

“Carrasco is very good, obviously, but we couldn’t get a big hit early,” Mariners manager Scott Servais. “He got the outs when he needed them.”

Cody Allen allowed a run in the ninth but recorded his fourth save.

Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivers during Tuesday night’s game against Seattle in Cleveland.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/04/web1_04.20.16.indianspitcher.jpgIndians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivers during Tuesday night’s game against Seattle in Cleveland.
Hurler proves effective despite sore ankle

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