INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians (14-16) put it all together on Thursday to keep their win streak going.
Indy broke the game open early with five first innings runs and received six innings of one-run ball from starting pitcher Steven Brault, as they made it six straight victories with a 7-1 win over the Norfolk Tides (14-19).
Before Tides starter Steve Johnson knew it, the Tribe held a 5-0 lead.
Indianapolis picked up all five hits and a walk versus Johnson in the bottom of the first, resulting in five runs. Eric Wood and Eury Perez recorded the frame’s first two RBIs, with Anderson Feliz clearing the bases later with a three-run single.
Five runs would be more than enough for Brault, who turned in his best start of the year.
The lefty tossed six quality innings, limiting Norfolk to one run on three hits and a walk. Brault, who owned a 0-3 record entering Thursday night, earned his first win of 2017 for his efforts.
Tribe pitching has been a huge part of the team’s recent success. With Brault’s start on Thursday, Indianapolis has now received at least six innings of two-run ball or better from their starters in each of their past four games.
They wouldn’t need it, but the Indians did tack on a couple of runs for good measure in the seventh. Phil Gosselin and Jason Rogers drove in the runs off of Tides reliever Richard Rodriguez, with a double and a single, respectively.
Indy held on from there thanks to some good relief work from their bullpen. Dan Runzler fired two scoreless innings, before Edgar Santana finished things off in the ninth.
In 2016, the Indians never had a win streak longer than five games. On Friday, they go for seven in a row. Game time from Victory Field is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. with Cody Dickson (2-2, 5.79 ERA) set to pitch for the Tribe.