Lin­dor picks up In­di­ans

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS - IN­DI­ANS 8, ROYALS 4

CLEVE­LAND — Francisco Lin­dor popped out of the chair at his club­house cu­bi­cle and asked a ques­tion be­fore any re­porter could get one off.

“You guys aren’t go­ing to ask me about the streak, are you?” Cleve­land’s jovial short­stop said, smil­ing. Well, yes. Yours. Lin­dor is on a per­sonal roll that’s be­come no­table now that the In­di­ans’ his­toric win­ning streak is no longer the talk of base­ball.

Lin­dor, an All-Star short­stop, set a club record with an­other ex­tra-base hit and the In­di­ans bounced back after hav­ing their AL record streak stopped at 22 by beat­ing the Kansas City Royals 8-4 on Satur­day to move to the brink of a Central ti­tle.

Lin­dor’s dou­ble in the sixth off Ja­son Ham­mel (812) gave him an ex­tra-base hit in 10 con­sec­u­tive games — a club record and four shy of the ma­jor league mark of 14, shared by Chip­per Jones (2006) and Paul Waner (1927).

“I didn’t even know that,” Lin­dor said. “I saw it on the score­board.”

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

The In­di­ans also clinched at least a tie for the di­vi­sion and dropped their magic num­ber for re­peat­ing as champs to one.

Ed­win En­car­na­cion hit his 35th home run.

Alex Gor­don con­nected for the Royals, whose wild­card hopes took an­other blow and dropped 181/2 games be­hind the In­di­ans.

“They’re all hot,” Ham­mel said of the In­di­ans. “There’s a good rea­son they’re go­ing to be wrap­ping it up.”

The de­fend­ing AL cham­pion In­di­ans re­turned to the busi­ness of tak­ing their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive di­vi­sion crown and ninth since 1995 less than 24 hours after en­dur­ing their first loss in three weeks.

No doubt the streak was fun, but it served as lit­tle more than a September di­ver­sion for th­ese In­di­ans. They have one goal — a Se­ries ti­tle — after los­ing in seven games last year to the Chicago Cubs.

“I was happy about that,” In­di­ans Man­ager Terry Fran­cona said of his team’s abil­ity to re­bound. “I didn’t think we wouldn’t, but it’s nice to see them go right back to try­ing to be as good of a team as

we can be.”

BLUE JAYS 7, TWINS 2 Marco Estrada pitched eight ef­fi­cient in­nings, Josh Don­ald­son home­red twice among his four hits and Toronto topped Min­nesota Twins. The Twins’ loss clinched the AL Central for Cleve­land. Min­nesota en­tered the day two games ahead of the An­gels for the sec­ond wild-card spot.

YANKEES 9, ORIOLES 3 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. ASTROS 8, MARINERS 6 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.

RED SOX 3, RAYS 1 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.

WHITE SOX 10, TIGERS 4 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. NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

DODGERS 3, NA­TION­ALS 2 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. CUBS 4, CAR­DI­NALS 1 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 3½ games over Mil­wau­kee and five bet­ter than St. Louis. The Brew­ers were play­ing Mi­ami

on Satur­day night.

MARLINS 7, BREW­ERS 4 Derek Di­et­rich hit a two-run homer, Adam Con­ley pitched into the sixth in­ning and Mi­ami beat Mil­wau­kee to stop a six-game slide. Con­ley (7-7) al­lowed three runs and five hits in 52/3 in­nings in the sec­ond game of a se­ries re­lo­cated from Mi­ami to Mil­wau­kee be­cause of the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Irma.

METS 7, BRAVES 3 Ja­cob deGrom set a ca­reer high in wins, Do­minic Smith and Gavin Cec­chini each drove in two runs and the Mets snapped a five-game skid with a vic­tory over At­lanta. DeGrom (15-9) al­lowed five hits, one run and two walks in seven in­nings. He struck out seven while top­ping his per­sonal mark of 14 vic­to­ries in 2015.

REDS 2, PI­RATES 1 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. DIAMONDBACKS 2, GIANTS 0 Zack Greinke pitched eight in­nings of two-hit ball and Paul Gold­schmidt hit a two-run homer as the Ari­zona Diamondbacks de­feated the San Francisco Giants.

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