Indians Win Streak Stopped at 9; Sox Top Tribe 3-1 - Three Takeaways From the Loss

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Well, if you're going to end a long win streak, might as well go out with a bang.

That's what the Indians did on Sunday, as they dropped a tough to swallow 3-1 decision to the Chicago White Sox, ending their 9-game win streak in the Windy City.

The Sox ended their losing streak, but did what they had to do, not getting a hit till the 6th but taking advantage of Bryan Shaw in the 9th with a double and then homer from Matt Davidson pushed Chicago to the two-run win.

There's a lot to digest from this game - let's take a look at our three takeaways as the Indians wrap up the weekend and now will head to Fenway to play the Red Sox.

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3. Tomlin's Hammy

Josh Tomlin was rolling long with not allowing a hit and striking out five White Sox batters in four innings, but when he came out in the 5th, he had issues pushing off and had to leave the game.

The official word from the Indians is a hamstring injury, and while everyone was wondering how the Indians were going to solve their 6-man rotation issues, an injury is a quick way to have it all come tumbling down.

"I think he felt it before, but it wasn't anything getting in the way," Terry Francona said after the game via STO. "On that groundball it looked like it grabbed him a little bit, and when he was warming up, it didn't look good.

"Like Tomlin he'll fight you tooth and nail to stay in a game, part of why we like him so much, but we also can't let him hurt himself."

It's probably going to be 24 hours before the severity of the injury is known, but you can probably scratch Tomlin for at least his next start if not the next two.

The way Tomlin was throwing it would have been fun to see if he could have continued and maybe made Indians history, but it was not to be.

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2. Rondon Stalls the Indians Offense

The Tribe's offense had stepped up in a big way during the teams' win streak, but Sunday they did little at the plate, gaining 8 hits but only pushing one run across.

The only Indians run was a Francisco Lindor homer, a shot that extended his hitting streak to 10 games, but they needed just a little more against the Sox.

The top three in the Indians order (Lindor, Jackson and Ramirez) went 5-for-12, but the team again fell into the trap of leaving runners on base.

One night after leaving 14 on base in a 5-4 win, the team Sunday left eight runners on base.

White Sox pitcher Carlos Rondon came into Sunday with a 1-4 record with an ERA of 6.49, but hamstrung the Indians most of the day, keeping them in check at the plate.

He allowed one run on six hits in 6.2 innings, striking out 9 Indians.

Losing to a pitcher like Rondon is tough, but after getting the early run from Lindor the offense had their chances, just not taking advantage of them.

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1. A Drama Filled Monday?

The Indians will travel tonight to Boston to take on the Red Sox for three games, but most of the attention before the team takes the field at 7:05 Monday will be if this team does anything before the trade deadline.

The deadline is Monday at 4pm, and there's plenty of speculation on what the Indians may or may not do to try and get better for the stretch run.

Sunday the Royals fired a shot, obtaining a player who has played well against the Indians historically in Melky Cabrera for a couple prospects from the White Sox.

It's apparent that the Royals, who are going to have a tough time this Winter keeping their core free agents (they have five) are going 'all in' for a run at the division with two months to play.

The Royals will not go away quietly, as they won again Sunday and are back to just two games back of the Tribe for the top spot in the AL Central.

Will the Indians counter with a bullpen arm or a utility player as has been rumored? Or will they make an even bigger splash as they did a season ago before Monday's deadline?

It will be interesting to watch.