Ramirez’s 2-run homer in 8th lifts Indians past Blue Jays

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CLEVELAND – Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Brett Cecil in the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians rallied past the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Sunday to win the series between teams that began the game as AL division leaders.

The Indians took two of three, with each game decided by one run.

Ahead 2-1, Toronto threatened to break it open in the seventh. But Mike Clevinger (2-1) relieved Corey Kluber and struck out major league RBI leader Edwin Encarnacion to leave the bases loaded.

Ramirez connected after Francisco Lindor’s two-out single, sending a drive deep onto the home run porch in left field. Cecil (1-7) replaced starter Marcus Stroman with one out in the eighth.

Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 27 chances. He struck out Ryan Goins and Devon Travis before walking Josh Donaldson and Encarnacion. Russell Martin lined out to right to end it.

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