CLEVELAND, Ohio — Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer and Corey Kluber silenced Toronto’s booming bats, giving the Cleveland Indians a 2-0 win over the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series on Friday night.
Lindor connected in the sixth inning off Marco Estrada and raced around the bases like a track star as the bend-but-don’t-break Indians won their fourth straight playoff game.
Kluber, Cleveland’s solid and stoic ace, pitched 6 1/3 spotless innings before manager Terry Francona turned things over to the Indians’ best weapon — their bullpen.
Andrew Miller struck out five of the six batters he faced and Cody Allen got the save with a perfect ninth.
The second game of the series will be Saturday afternoon in Cleveland and the Indians have been forced to change their already depleted rotation. Trevor Bauer was slated to pitch the game but has been pushed back to Game 3 in Toronto after slicing the pinky finger on his pitching hand.