Cleve­land de­fends AL Cen­tral crown

The Mercury News - - Baseball -

For the sec­ond year in a row, the Cleve­land Indians are AL Cen­tral cham­pi­ons.

The Indians clinched their ti­tle on Satur­day night when sec­ond-place Min­nesota lost to Toronto. Ear­lier, the Indians bounced back af­ter hav­ing their league record win­ning streak ended at 22 games by beat­ing the Kansas City Roy­als, 8-4.

This is the first time the Indians have won con­sec­u­tive divi­sion titles since 1999, when they fin­ished a run of five straight first­place fin­ishes. YANKEES CLINCH WIN­NING SEA­SON >> 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, 9-3, over the Ori­oles. The Yankees (82-66) ex­tended their stretch of win­ning sea­sons to 25, the sec­ond­longest such streak in ma­jor league his­tory be­hind their own 39 straight from 192664. They also stayed three games be­hind AL East-lead­ing Bos­ton. MARLINS RIGHT SHIP >> Derek Di­et­rich hit a tworun homer, Adam Con­ley pitched into the sixth in­ning and Miami beat Mil­wau­kee, 7-4, to stop a sixgame slide. Con­ley al­lowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 in­nings in the sec­ond game of a se­ries re­lo­cated from Miami to Mil­wau­kee be­cause of the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Irma. METS ACE WINS 15TH >> Ja­cob deGrom set a ca­reer high in wins and the Mets snapped a five-game skid with a 7-3 vic­tory over At­lanta. DeGrom (15-9) al­lowed five hits, one run and two walks in seven in­nings.

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