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Cleveland Indians run win streak to 10 games with series-opening win over Atlanta Braves

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The Braves were no match for the Tribe on Monday night.

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The Cleveland Indians stayed hot and won their 10th straight contest, defeating the Atlanta Braves 8-3 on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series.

A Lonnie Chisenhall three-run home run in the fourth inning broke a 1-1 tie, and the Tribe held onto the lead and extended it the rest of the way.

The contest was not without its intrigue on all sides. Braves starter John Gant lasted just one batter into the third inning, as he came up clutching his left side. He was diagnosed with an oblique strain, and will be evaluated further Tuesday, according to the team.

The injury forced Tyrell Jenkins into his first extended action of his career. He came on in the middle of an at-bat, and needed just one strike to record his first career punch out. Jenkins allowed the homer to Chisenhall in the fourth, but other than that, was very solid in four innings of work.

Jenkins also showed flashes of Julio Teheran, as his quick feet and snap throw picked off Francisco Lindor at first base in the sixth.

Atlanta got on the board in the third inning on a Nick Markakis sacrifice fly. Tyler Flowers blasted a homer the following inning to cut the lead to 4-2. The Braves tacked on their final run of the game on an A.J. Pierzynski double in the ninth, the 399th of his career.

Mauricio Cabrera was called up from Double-A Mississippi early Monday, as Alexi Ogando was designated for assignment. Cabrera was thrust into action his first night on the active roster, and his first pitch registered at 100 miles per hour on the radar gun. He hurled a scoreless inning on seven pitches registering at 100, 101, 100, 100, 102, 84, and 102 mph.

Jace Peterson and Freddie Freeman each went 2-for-4 for the Braves.

For Cleveland, Mike Napoli racked three hits on the night, drove in a run, and scored twice. Lindor, Chisenhall, Tyler Naquin, and Chris Gimenez all registered two hits. The game snapped a streak of 10 straight games in which the Braves had held opponents under 10 hits, as the Indians registered 14.

There was a brief delay in the eighth inning, as a foul tip richocheted off Jerry Layne's shoulder and hit him in the side of the neck. Hunter Wendelstedt replaced him behind the plate and the rest of the game was played with a three-man umpiring crew.

The two teams continue the series Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on FOX Sports Southeast.