Drew Steckenrider pitched a perfect eighth, and Kyle Barraclough earned his eighth save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Steckenrider has thrown 15 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, and Barraclough has thrown 20 2/3 — two more reasons the Marlins are on the rise.
We’re gaining some type of identity as to what kind of games we need to play to win, manager Don Mattingly said. We’re not going to outslug anybody. We’re going to have to pitch and play defense and scratch for runs.
Four pitchers have made their first major league start against New York this year, and they’ve combined to go 3-0 with an ERA of 1.57. But at the moment, the Mets are having trouble beating anybody.
It’s difficult right now, first-year manager Mickey Callaway said. I know the players are feeling it. I know the fans are feeling.
Jackson has won 10 consecutive decisions over Cleveland, a streak dating to 2008. His string against the Indians is the longest since Charlie Hough beat them 13 straight times from 1984-88.
Jackson has 13 strikeouts and hasn’t allowed a walk in 12 2/3 innings through his first two starts with Oakland. He topped out at 97 mph on Saturday.
Based on the way he was available and the way he’s been able to pitch for us it’s a surprise, but he’s always been able to do that a little bit with the sinker and the four-seamer, A’s manager Bob Melvin said.
Now he just manipulates a little bit more and the offspeed stuff with the changeup speed and the slider. . It really keeps you off-balance, he said.
The AL Central-leading Indians lost for the fourth time in five games.