By Ron Kaplan, contributor

Ian Kinsler hit his 22nd double in four at-bats, but it didn’t matter: the Cleveland Indians (89-56) won their 20th in a row by beating the Detroit Tigers (60-84), 2-0. Craig Breslow did not appear for the Indians.

Meanwhile, the Tigers still talking about whether or not to bring Brad Ausmus back as manager next year.

Alex Bregman was 1-for-3 as the Houston Astros (87-57) made the one run they scored in the second inning stand up for Justin Verlander, who threw eight shutout  innings in the 1-0 win.

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-3 but scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth following a lead-off walk. The Toronto Blue Jays (68-77) beat the visiting Baltimore Orioles (71-74), 3-2. Richard Bleier did not appear for the Orioles.

Ryan Braun was o-for-4 but scored one run and drove in another to help the Milwaukee Brewers (76-69) beat the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-3. Braun also stole his 11th base.

Joc Pederson did not appear for the LA Dodgers, who broke their 11-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the host San Francisco Giants.

Max Fried did not pitch for the Atlanta Braves (65-78), who defeated the Washington Nationals, 8-0.

Danny Valencia did not appear for the Seattle Mariners (72-73) in their 10-3 win over the host Texas Rangers.

Ryan Sherriff did not appear for the St. Louis Cardinals (76-68), who beat the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 13-4.

Ron Kaplan (@RonKaplanNJ) hosts Kaplan’s Korner, a blog about Jews and sports. He is the author of three books, including The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games and Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War.

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