Tribe turn to streaking McAllister vs. Giants
(SportsNetwork.com) - Zach McAllister will try to win his fourth straight start on Saturday afternoon as the Cleveland Indians resume a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants.
McAllister has won each of his starts since opening the campaign with a no- decision, yielding three earned runs over that span. Two of those came over six innings of work on Monday in a victories decision over the Kansas City Royals.
The right-hander is pitching to a 2.28 earned run average on the season as he is following up a 9-9 record and 3.75 ERA from a year ago.
"I'm just trying to execute pitches," said the 26-year-old McAllister. "I'm just trying to get three outs, execute pitches, and let my defense work."
McAllister will face the Giants for the first time, while Tim Lincecum will make his first career start against the Indians this afternoon.
The former NL Cy Young winner is coming off his first victory of the campaign, a 4-3 triumph over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. Lincecum yielded three runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings while matching a season high with seven strikeouts.
"I just kind of got us off on a good foot today. I think that is something our offense has been looking for, to get them kind of generated," said Lincecum. "I just did my best to keep us in the game."
Lincecum, 29, is 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA on the year.
The Giants took Friday night's opener 5-1 thanks to two RBI each from Hunter Pence and Michael Morse along with seven solid innings by starter Tim Hudson.
Pence ripped an RBI triple and scored on Morse's sacrifice fly in the first before adding a run-scoring single in the third. Morse, meanwhile, stroked a solo homer in the fourth for the Giants, who have won two straight.
"It was a no-doubter," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said of Morse's solo shot. "I guess that's why he's got the nickname the beast, because he's got unbelievable power. There's not a ballpark that can hold him, including this one."
Hudson struck out five while limiting the Indians to one run on four hits and two walks to pick up the victory.
Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco yielded four runs on five hits and a walk over six frames to absorb the loss. Carrasco hasn't recorded a victory in 17 consecutive starts dating back to July 5, 2011, going 0-12 during that span.
Nick Swisher recorded two of Cleveland's five hits and plated the lone run for the Indians, who had won two straight and four of their last five games.
"I think we left eight or nine guys on base tonight," Swisher said. "I feel like that's kind of been our crutch as of late so we need to break out of that."
This marks the first meeting between these two teams since 2011, when the Giants swept a three-game set at home. However, the Giants were among baseball's worst teams in interleague play last year, going 6-14.
04/26 08:24:30 ET