- Associated Press - Friday, July 1, 2016

TORONTO (AP) - Buried in the ashes of a tough 19-inning defeat was a welcome development for the Toronto Blue Jays: A solid start from Marcus Stroman.

Carlos Santana homered in the 19th inning off infielder Darwin Barney and the Cleveland Indians beat the Blue Jays 2-1 on Friday, extending their winning streak to a franchise-best 14 games.

Stroman came in having allowed 38 earned runs in his previous eight starts but was sharper against the Indians, giving up one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings.

“He threw the ball very well,” Blue Jays bench coach DeMarlo Hale said. “The breaking ball had some swing and miss to it.”

Stroman struck out six, and 10 of his 20 outs came on ground balls.

“I felt good,” Stroman said. “The work that’s been going on between starts is starting to pay off.”

Cleveland won 13 straight in 1942 and again in 1951.

It’s the longest winning streak since Atlanta won 14 straight in 2013, and the longest by an AL team since Oakland won 20 in a row in 2002.

“I guess if you’re going to set a record, you might as well do it the hard way,” Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer said.

The 19 innings matched the longest game in Blue Jays history. Toronto played 19 against Detroit in August 2014.

Having used seven of their eight relievers, the Indians turned to Bauer, Saturday’s scheduled starter, in the 15th. Bauer (7-2) worked five innings for the win.

“I thought what Trevor did was above and beyond,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Only closer Cody Allen, who was unavailable after working the previous three games, did not pitch for Cleveland.

After seven Blue Jays relievers combined to pitch 10 1-3 scoreless innings, Toronto turned to infielder Ryan Goins in the 18th.

Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall began the inning with singles, but Ramirez was caught in a rundown on Michael Martinez’s fielder’s choice grounder. After intentionally walking Tyler Naquin, Goins got out of the bases-loaded jam by getting Chris Gimenez to ground into a double play.

Barney, who started the game at second base, replaced Goins in the 19th. The infielders became the ninth and 10th position players to pitch for Toronto.

Santana greeted Barney (0-1) with a drive to right-center, his 17th.

Toronto’s only run came in the sixth when Justin Smoak snapped an 0-for-18 slump by homering off Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin. It was the eighth of the season for Smoak and the 100th of his career.

The Blue Jays lost major league RBI leader Edwin Encarnacion when he was ejected for arguing after being called out on strikes to end the first inning. Manager John Gibbons was also ejected.

“I’m taking the high road and saying that’s part of the game,” said Hale, who took over for Gibbons. “There were some emotional plays and there were some disagreements.”

All three Blue Jays batters were called out on strikes in the first, with Encarnacion livid after being rung up on a 3-2 pitch that looked outside.

Encarnacion made contact with home plate umpire Vic Carapazza’s left shoulder after being ejected. Gibbons rushed out to break up the argument and was also tossed.

Catcher Russell Martin was ejected by Carapazza after striking out to end the 13th. A fuming Martin had to be restrained by Hale and third base coach Luis Rivera as he screamed at Carapazza.

“He just wasn’t very good today,” Martin said of Carapazza. “All the things that everybody in the ballpark were thinking, I didn’t say that. I felt like he really didn’t have to throw me out.”

HOLIDAY FASHIONS

The Blue Jays marked Canada Day with red maple leaf caps, red jerseys and red socks. The Indians wore Canadian flag patches on the right sleeve of their jerseys.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: OF Jose Bautista (left big toe) is not expected to return before the All-Star break, Gibbons said. Bautista was injured June 16 at Philadelphia.

UP NEXT

Indians: Cleveland’s starter for Saturday is unknown after Bauer was used in relief. “We’re working through that right now,” Francona said afterward. “We’ve got some things we’ve got to talk through.”

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (5-3, 2.81) has allowed at least one home run in each of his past five starts.

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