KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Francisco Lindor hit a two-out two-run double during an eighth-inning rally, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Saturday.
All three Indians runs in the eighth were unearned after second baseman Whit Merrifield’s error on pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte’s grounder, which allowed Rajai Davis to score with one out.
Royals rookie left-hander Matt Strahm (2-2) issued Davis a leadoff walk and Davis stole second, his AL-leading 43rd steal.
Kevin McCarthy replaced Strahm and walked the bases loaded before Lindor’s double over third base.
Mike Clevinger (3-3) won for the AL Central champs by retiring the only two batters he faced. Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 31st save in 34 opportunities.
Trevor Bauer tuned up for the postseason by striking out nine over six innings of three-run ball. Bauer could start Cleveland’s playoff opener Thursday against Boston.