In­di­ans bounce back from loss with win over Roy­als

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports -

CLEVE­LAND (AP) — Fran­cisco Lin­dor hit an RBI dou­ble and the Cleve­land In­di­ans bounced back af­ter hav­ing their record win streak stopped at 22 by beat­ing the Kansas City Roy­als 8-4 on Satur­day to move to the brink of an AL Cen­tral ti­tle.

Lin­dor's dou­ble in the sixth off Ja­son Ham­mel (8-12) gave the All-Star short­stop an ex­tra-base hit in a club-record 10 straight games. The ma­jor league record is 14 straight, shared by Chip­per Jones (2006) and Paul Waner (1927).

Car­los Car­rasco (16-6) pitched into the sev­enth as the In­di­ans im­proved to 32-5 in their last 37 games.

With the win, the In­di­ans clinched at least a tie for the divi­sion and dropped their magic num­ber for re­peat­ing as champs to one. If Min­nesota loses later at home against Toronto, Cleve­land will clinch and take the next step in get­ting back to the World Se­ries.


WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit his 38th homer to match the National League sin­gle-sea­son record for rook­ies, and the Dodgers moved closer to the NL West ti­tle.

Chase Ut­ley had two dou­bles and scored twice to help Los An­ge­les re­duce its magic num­ber to win the divi­sion to five. Rich Hill (10-8) and five re­liev­ers com­bined on a four-hit­ter.

Los An­ge­les also moved seven games ahead of Wash­ing­ton in the race to se­cure home-field ad­van­tage through­out the NL play­offs. The Dodgers have won four straight since drop­ping 11 in a row. An­thony Ren­don home­red for the Na­tion­als, who have lost four of five since clinch­ing the NL East last Sun­day. A.J. Cole (2-5) al­lowed three runs in five-plus in­nings.

Ken­ley Jansen worked a per­fect ninth for his 38th save.


NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gre­go­rius and Greg Bird home­red for the sec­ond straight game, rookie Jor­dan Mont­gomery pitched six shutout in­nings and the Yan­kees won their fourth straight game.

The Yan­kees (82-66) ex­tended their stretch of win­ning sea­sons to 25, the sec­ond-long­est such streak in ma­jor league his­tory be­hind their own 39 straight from 1926-64. They also stayed three games be­hind AL East-lead­ing Bos­ton.

Todd Fra­zier added a two-run homer shot as the Yan­kees won for the sev­enth time in eight games. Mont­gomery (8-7) al­lowed four hits and walked one.

Jeremy Hel­lick­son (8-10) took the loss.


HOUS­TON (AP) — Dal­las Keuchel threw six solid in­nings, Car­los Bel­tran had three hits and two RBIs and the Astros low­ered their magic num­ber for clinch­ing the AL West ti­tle to one.

The Astros (90-58), who reached 90 wins for the first time since 2004, can se­cure the fran­chise's sev­enth divi­sion ti­tle with one more win or a loss for the Los An­ge­les An­gels. Los An­ge­les was sched­uled to play Texas on Satur­day night.

Keuchel (13-4) al­lowed one run — Jean Se­gura's 11th homer in the sixth — and four hits. Joe Mus­grove worked two in­nings for his first save.

Seat­tle right-han­der Erasmo Ramirez (5-6) was charged with six runs and eight hits in four-plus in­nings.


CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hen­dricks pitched six-hit ball into the eighth in­ning, Ad­di­son Rus­sell home­red and the Cubs earned their fifth straight vic­tory.

Al­bert Almora Jr. had three hits and two RBIs for Chicago, which in­creased its NL Cen­tral lead to 3 1/2 games over Mil­wau­kee and five bet­ter than St. Louis. The Brew­ers were play­ing Mi­ami on Satur­day night.

Rus­sell was ac­ti­vated be­fore the game af­ter be­ing side­lined by a foot in­jury. He pinch-hit in the eighth and con­nected for a solo shot against Tyler Lyons.

Hen­dricks (7-5) al­lowed one run in a sea­son-high 7 2/3 in­nings. Wade Davis got three outs for his 30th save.

Matt Car­pen­ter home­red for St. Louis. Michael Wacha (12-8) al­lowed three runs in 5 2/3 in­nings.


ST. PETERS­BURG, Fla. (AP) — Rick Por­cello took a shutout into the eighth in­ning, Mookie Betts hit his 22nd home run and the Red Sox won for the eighth time in 10 games.

The win re­duced Bos­ton's magic num­ber for clinch­ing a play­off spot to six and kept its AL East lead over the New York Yan­kees at three games.

Por­cello (10-17) gave up one un­earned run in 7 1/3 in­nings. Craig Kim­brel pitched the ninth for his 33rd save.

Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb al­lowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 in­nings.


DETROIT (AP) — Matt David­son and Nicky Del­monico home­red, Tim Anderson had four hits and the White Sox cap­tured their sea­son se­ries with the Tigers for the first time since 2008.

The White Sox have won 10 of 18 against Detroit this year. The teams have one meet­ing re­main­ing Sun­day.

Detroit's Miguel Cabr­era left at the start of the fifth with back tight­ness. Myles Jaye (1-2) lasted just 1 2/3 in­nings.

Chicago has won six of eight, outscor­ing its op­po­nents 69-26. Rey­naldo Lopez (2-3) al­lowed four runs in seven in­nings.


CINCIN­NATI (AP) — Sal Romano pitched a ca­reer-high eight shutout in­nings and Jesse Winker home­red, lead­ing Cincin­nati to the vic­tory.

Romano (5-6) al­lowed five hits, struck out six and walked none while im­prov­ing to 3-1 over his last six starts.

Pitts­burgh avoided a shutout when An­drew McCutchen hit his 26th homer in the ninth. But Cody Reed came in with a run­ner on first and re­tired Gre­gory Polanco on a grounder to sec­ond for his first ca­reer save.

The Pi­rates wasted a solid start by Ivan Nova (11-14) in their fourth con­sec­u­tive loss. McCutchen and Elias Diaz each had two hits.

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