Indians clinch second straight AL Central title

Angelo Anderson
September 17, 2017

Cleveland is -115 on the -1.5 runline, while Kansas City is -115 on the +1.5 RL. Mike Minor pitched the ninth to pick up his first major league save. Carlos Carrasco allowed four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings to get the win. Game 1 of the American League Division Series is scheduled on October 5. The Red Sox magic number to reach the postseason dropped to seven.

With 13 games remaining in the regular season for the Indians, they are 92-57 and have a 14 1/2 -game lead on the Twins.

It's the second straight division title for Cleveland, which lost to the Chicago Cubs in last year's World Series. He also ran his hitting streak to 10 games.

Arizona won its eighth straight on the road despite playing without hot-hitting J.D. Martinez, who was a late scratch with a stiff neck.

Gregorius and Bird homered for the second straight game by hitting three-run homers off Jeremy Hellickson (2-5) in the third and fourth innings. They have an impressive combination of pitching prowess coupled with a potent offense that keeps them in every game they play.

Cleveland plated four runs in the sixth inning, propelling the Tribe to an 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals. With a 16-4 record, a 2.44 ERA and five complete games, Kluber is on the short list for most dominant pitchers in baseball. He ripped a two-run double to left field and later scored off an Austin Jackson single.

Candelario drew a walk off former Tiger Al Alburquerque (0-2) with one out in the bottom of the ninth.

Juan Minaya relieved and moved the runners up with a wild pitch before Mahtook delivered his game-winning single up the middle on a 3-2 pitch. Frazier capped the scoring with a long-two run homer in the seventh off Donnie Hart.

Rich Hill allowed just one hit and one run in five innings and combined with five relievers on a four-hitter and rookie Cody Bellinger was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs as Los Angeles defeated Washington.

Cleveland has won two out of three in the series including Saturday's game by a count of 8-4.

It was nip-and-tuck through the first four innings.

Braves 3, Mets 2: The Braves beat NY in Atlanta for just the sixth time in the past 22 games, as the bullpen preserved the victory for left-hander Sean Newcomb after the rookie took a hard-luck home loss to the same team in his major league debut. Francisco Lindor was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs and two RBIs for the Indians. The Indians also have a chance to clinch the top seed in the AL as they 1 ½ games ahead of the closest pursuer, the Houston Astros.

Rockies 6, Padres 1: Colorado turned to Tyler Chatwood somewhat by default on September 5 to be the No. 5 starter, and he has been getting better and better. Cleveland has won eight of the last 10 meetings and the total has gone under six times.

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