Lindor picks up Indians
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.