Quantrill, Gonzalez lead Cleveland over Texas, near clincher

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Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Cal Quantrill reacts to a third base umpire call during an at-bat by Texas Rangers' Josh Smith in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cal Quantrill won his career-best 10th consecutive decision, rookie Oscar Gonzalez hit two home runs and Cleveland moved closer to clinching the AL Central, beating the Texas Rangers 4-2. Cleveland has a magic number of one of closing out Chicago to win the division.

They have won 17 of their last 20 games. Quantrill hasn’t lost in 15 starts dating to July 5.

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He allowed one run, a solo homer to Marcus Semien in the third inning. He struck out four and walked three. Quantrill’s winning streak is the longest active string in the major leagues. It’s the longest by a Cleveland pitcher since Mike Clevinger ran off 10 consecutive wins in 2019.