Lin­dor’s big night helps In­di­ans hold off Twins

The Mercury News Weekend - - MLB -

Francisco Lin­dor’s sec­ond home run of the game for Cleve­land snapped an eighth-in­ning tie af­ter Min­nesota erased an eight-run deficit, and the In­di­ans held on to topthe Twins 9-8 on Thurs­day night.

Lin­dor also hit two dou­bles and drove in four runs for the In­di­ans, who stretched their win­ning streak to a sea­sonbest six straight games de­spite another wob­bly per­for­mance by their bullpen un­til Cody Allen fin­ished by get­ting the fi­nal four outs for his ninth save in 10 op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In­di­ans starter Shane Bieber, the first player in fran­chise his­tory to make his ma­jor league de­but on his birth­day, took an 8- 0 lead into the fifth in­ning but couldn’t com­plete the sixth. Rob­bie Gross­man and Ryan LaMarre had RBI sin­gles in the fifth, and Lo­gan Mor­ri­son and Eduardo Es­co­bar hit con­sec­u­tive homers in the sixth.

In the sev­enth, reliever Dan

Otero left two run­ners on with one out. Ed­die Rosario hit an RBI sin­gle off Jeff Belie­veau. Then Miguel Sano smashed a three-run home run into the right-field flower box against Zach McAl­lis­ter to tie it. Sano emerged from a round of hard hand slaps in the dugout to tip his hel­met to the crowd.

CARDINALS10, PIRATES8 » Yairo Munoz hit a three-run, gameend­ing homer to cap St. Louis’ five-run ninth in­ning and rally the Car­di­nals to vic­tory over Pitts­burgh. Munoz ripped the first pitch from closer Felipe Vazquez (2-2) over the wall in cen­ter field to give St. Louis its sixth walk- off win of the sea­son. Francisco Cervelli hit a tie-break­ing three-run homer in the eighth to give the Pi­rates an 8- 5 lead they couldn’t hold.

BRAVES 4, NA­TION­ALS 2 » Sean New­comb (6-1) pitched seven strong in­nings for his sixth straight win, lead­ing At­lanta back into first place with a win over Wash­ing­ton.

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