Lindor’s 33rd homer leads Indians over Mariners 11-4
SEATTLE, WA — Francisco Lindor led off the game with his 33rd home run, the most by a Cleveland middle infielder, and the Indians routed the Seattle Mariners 11-4 Saturday for their 28th victory in 30 games.
Carlos Carrasco (17-6) matched teammate Cory Kluber and Boston’s Chris Sale for the most wins in the AL, allowing one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Yan Gomes homered twice and had four RBIs, and Jose Ramirez homered and drove in four runs.
Cleveland, which set the AL record with a 22-game winning streak this month, matched the 1884 Providence Grays for the best big league record over a 30-game span at 28-2. The Indians (97-58) lead Houston (95-59) for AL home-field advantage in the playoffs.
Seattle lost for the seventh time in eight games. The Mariners began the day five games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card.
Lindor, a 23-year-old shortstop, homered on the eighth pitch from Andrew Moore (1-5) and surpassed the 32 home runs hit by second baseman Joe Gordon in 1948, the last year Cleveland won the World Series.
Nelson Cruz hit his 37th home run for Seattle, his fourth in four games. Mariners shortstop Jean Segura was hit in the hand by a thrown ball in the ninth and was removed.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona is focused on both home-field advantage and preparing the AL Central champions for the Division Series.
“We’re trying put a lineup out there to win every day, but we also need to keep our house in order.”
Francona has moved starter Mike Clevinger to the bullpen.
“We kind of think he could be a weapon out there,” the manager said.
Jason Kipnis is making the transition from the infield to the outfield. Reliever Andrew Miller, coming back from a DL stint, is to pitch in consecutive games next week.
Indians: INF Yandy Diaz has missed three games since spraining the middle finger in his right hand against the Los Angeles Angels.
Kluber enters Sunday 5-0 with a 1.15 ERA in his last five games and has not allowed a run in 22 innings. He is 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA in three career starts against Seattle. RHP Mike Leake (3-0 for Seattle and 10-2 overall, is 2-1 with a 3.69 ERA in six starts against the Indians.