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Road warrior: Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco turns in dominant performance against Blue Jays, improves to 4-0 away from home

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    The Indians' Yan Gomes, right, is congratulated by Abraham Almonte after hitting a three-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the eighth inning Tuesday night in Toronto.

    FRANK GUNN / THE CANADAIAN PRESS VIA AP

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TORONTO — Carlos Carrasco didn’t shake off more than two or three pitch calls from catcher Yan Gomes on Tuesday night.

The way Carrasco was pitching, why would he?

Carrasco and two relievers combined on a four-hitter, Gomes hit a three-run homer and the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0.

“I thought Carrasco was tremendous,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He’s obviously pitching with a lot of confidence, and he should.”

Carrasco (4-2) pitched seven innings to remain unbeaten on the road. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four road starts this season.

“Every pitch Gomes called, I could throw for a strike,” he said.

Making his 150th appearance, Carrasco allowed three hits, all singles. He walked none and struck out seven, one shy of his season high.

“We’ve all known he’s had the talent and he’s putting it together,” Gomes said.

Carrasco improved to 3-1 in seven games against Toronto.

“He’s always been tough on us,” manager John Gibbons said. “He lives at the knees, so he’s going to get a lot of groundballs and things like that, and he can strike you out, too.”

Andrew Miller worked the eighth and Nick Goody finished up.

Lonnie Chisenhall reached base three times for the Indians, who scored more than three runs for the first time since a 12-4 win over Seattle on April 30.

“We’ve had a road trip where we really, as a club, haven’t been swinging it,” Francona said. “We’re surviving this trip.”

Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales was pulled in the seventh inning because of tightness in his left hamstring. He grounded out twice before leaving, and aggravated the muscle while running to first in his second at-bat.

Gibbons said Morales will have an MRI today.

“I’m not so concerned so far,” Morales said.

Injury-ravaged Toronto is already without several regulars, including third baseman Josh Donaldson (left calf), shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (right hamstring) and catcher Russell Martin (left shoulder).

Chisenhall hit an RBI double in the second, walked in the fourth and doubled in the sixth.

Called up from Triple-A Buffalo to make his season debut, Blue Jays right-hander Mike Bolsinger (0-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings.

“He did a great job,” Gibbons said.

Bolsinger walked Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Ramirez to start the second. Chisenhall followed with a double and a second run scored when Yandy Diaz grounded into a fielder’s choice. Chisenhall was thrown out at third base on the play.

Francisco Lindor made it 3-0 with an RBI double off J.P. Howell in the seventh. Gomes made it 6-0 when he connected off Aaron Loup in the eighth.

Three is the key

Cleveland is an ML-best 16-3 when scoring three or more runs.

Hot streak

Gomes is batting .378 (14-for-37) in his past 14 games. Five of his 14 hits in that span have been for extra bases (four doubles, one homer).

Rough patch

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista snapped an 0-for-21 slump with a single in the seventh. The last time he went longer between hits was an 0-for-25 skid from June 22 to July 1, 2015.

Trainer’s room

Indians: Francona said OF Michael Brantley (sprained right ankle) might be available to pinch hit tonight.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (blister) threw a successful side session at extended spring training Tuesday and could come off the disabled list to start against Seattle on Sunday.

** Tulowitzki took batting practice and fielded ground balls before Tuesday’s game. He could begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

** To open a spot on the roster for Bolsinger, RHP Neil Ramirez was designated for assignment.

Up next

Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (2-3, 4.28) is 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA in three career appearances against Toronto. Salazar leads the majors with an average of 13 strikeouts per nine innings.

Blue Jays: LHP Francisco Liriano (2-2, 4.44) is 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in three home starts this season.



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