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Pittsburgh at Cleveland
When: 7:10 PM ET, Monday, July 23, 2018
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to register a double-digit winning streak for the first time since 2004 when they visit the American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians on Monday for the opener of their three-game interleague series. The Pirates have produced 40 runs over their last five contests and moved two games over .500 (51-49) for the first time since June 2 with their ninth straight win, a 9-2 triumph at Cincinnati on Sunday.

Starling Marte has recorded six home runs and 15 RBIs during his career-high 15-game hitting streak for Pittsburgh and Corey Dickerson has homered in four consecutive contests, going 10-for-21 with five blasts and seven RBIs in the process. The Pirates will test their red-hot offense when they face two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber in the series opener on Monday. The Indians (54-44) scored a total of 25 runs in their first two contests after the All-Star break but were shut out 5-0 by veteran Yovani Gallardo and three relievers on Sunday to keep their division lead at 9 1/2 games. Major League home run leader Jose Ramirez (30) went 15-for-31 with six blasts and 13 RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak that came to an end on Sunday, when he walked twice and was hit by a pitch while flying out in his only official at-bat.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Trevor Williams (7-7, 4.36 ERA) vs. Indians RH Corey Kluber (12-5, 2.76)

Williams snapped his three-start losing streak in his last outing on July 11, limiting Washington to four hits and three walks over five scoreless innings in a 2-0 win. The 26-year-old Arizona State product had given up 12 runs over 13 frames while going 0-3 and was 2-6 in 12 turns before beating the Nationals. Williams will be making his first career appearance against the Indians but is 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in seven interleague starts, including a 2-0 mark this year.

Kluber has been up and down in his last six outings, with three quality starts and three in which he allowed a total of 16 runs. The 32-year-old native of Alabama, who received an injection in his knee on July 13 that kept him out of the All-Star Game, permitted six runs and eight hits over 7 1/3 innings against the New York Yankees one day earlier. Dickerson is 4-for-12 versus Kluber, who will face the Pirates for the first time but is 13-6 with a 2.57 ERA in interleague play.

WALK-OFFS

1. Cleveland 1B-DH Edwin Encarnacion was rested on Sunday but is 6-for-13 with a home run and five RBIs in his last three contests.

2. Pittsburgh RF Gregory Polanco has collected four homers and seven RBIs during his seven-game hitting streak.

3. The Pirates last visited Cleveland in 2012 and took two of three at home in the most recent matchup between the teams in 2015.

PREDICTION: Indians 5, Pirates 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Pittsburgh 51-49 W9 29-24 22-25 7-13 26-16 8-18 10-2
Cleveland 54-44 L1 31-19 23-25 6-8 28-13 12-17 8-6
Last Meeting
Pittsburgh Cleveland
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/5/15 CLE 3 PIT 5 .258 1 .711 .172 0 .433
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Pittsburgh N/A
Cleveland N/A
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Pittsburgh J. Bell 0 0 0
Cleveland C. Allen 0 0 0
Pitching ERA Avg K
Pittsburgh 0.00 .000 0
Cleveland 0.00 .000 0
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Pittsburgh C. Dickerson .315 107 .856
Cleveland J. Ramirez .304 112 1.041
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Pittsburgh G. Polanco 17 52 54
Cleveland J. Ramirez 30 70 72
Pitching ERA Avg K
Pittsburgh 4.24 .254 853
Cleveland 4.04 .259 901