Indians keep rolling, win 17th straight
By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians earned their 17th straight win Saturday, topping the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 behind a pair of timely swings for Jay Bruce and Francisco Lindor.
Bruce’s fourth-inning single put the Indians ahead to stay as Cleveland became just the second team in the expansion era — since 1961 — to win 17 straight in a season.
The crowd of 30,459 stood throughout the ninth inning as Cody Allen retired the heart of Baltimore’s order for his 25th save.
Cleveland’s franchise-record streak is the longest in the majors since Oakland won 20 straight in 2002.
Lindor added his 28th homer in the seventh for the Indians, who haven’t lost since Aug. 23. Josh Tomlin (9-9) pitched five-plus innings for the win.
Baltimore rookie Gabriel Ynoa (1-1), making his first start of the season, allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings.
YANKEES 3, RANGERS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Aroldis Chapman earned his first save since being removed as closer, finishing a one-hitter for the Yankees.
Tyler Austin hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning for wild card-leading New York.
Texas’ only hit was a run-scoring double in the fifth inning off Luis Severino, who went seven innings in his first no-decision since July 15 at Boston.
Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth for his team-leading 17th save in 21 chances and first since Aug. 15. David Robertson (7-2) had a strikeout in a perfect eighth.
Alex Claudio (4-2) got the loss.
BREWERS 15, CUBS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Hernan Perez homered and drove in five runs, powering the Brewers to the runaway win.
Chase Anderson (9-3) pitched five scoreless innings as Milwaukee pulled within three games of NL Central-leading Chicago. Anderson also helped himself with two hits and two RBIs hours after the Brewers announced Jimmy Nelson has a shoulder injury that will sideline the right-hander for the rest of the season.
Milwaukee broke it open with eight runs in the third against Mike Montgomery (5-8) and reliever Justin Grimm.
Kyle Schwarber’s solo shot in the eighth ended Milwaukee’s bid for a second straight shutout. Leonys Martin added an RBI double in the ninth, but Chicago finished with just six hits.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Houston’s bullpen forced in five runs with bases-loaded walks and the team tied a franchise record with 13 free passes in the opener of a doubleheader.
Oakland led 3-1 before Tyler Clippard issued the first bases-loaded walk to Jed Lowrie in the sixth inning. Reymin Guduan brought in three more while issuing five straight walks on 28 pitches in the eighth. Infielder J.D. Davis relieved Guduan and struck out Marcus Semien and Khris Davis, but also allowed another run by walking Chad Pinder.
A’s right-hander Daniel Gossett (4-8) had a career-high seven strikeouts and allowed one run over six-plus innings. It was his first win since Aug. 2 and the A’s third straight overall.
BLUE JAYS 5, TIGERS 4
TORONTO (AP) — Kevin Pillar had four hits for Toronto, including a tiebreaking home run, and Brett Anderson pitched six innings for his first victory with the Blue Jays.
Pillar broke a 2-all tie with a leadoff drive against Warwick Saupold (3-2) in the sixth, helping Toronto snap a three-game losing streak against Detroit.
Pillar’s 15th homer came one inning after he jumped into the center field wall to snare a deep drive by Tigers infielder Dixon Machado.
The loss ensures the Tigers will not have a winning record for the second time in seven years.
Making his third start for the Blue Jays, Anderson (3-3) allowed two runs and five hits. Ryan Tepera worked a rocky ninth for his second save.