Puig's single in 10th lifts Indians over Tigers 2-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Yasiel Puig rounded first base, happily waiting for Francisco Lindor to jump into his arms. It was a moment he had been waiting for since joining the Indians on July 31.

Puig delivered a bases-loaded single off the top of the right field wall with two outs in the 10th inning, and Cleveland kept up its playoff push by beating Detroit 2-1 Wednesday night for its 16th straight victory over the Tigers.

The Indians are four games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central. Cleveland is a half-game back of Tampa Bay for the second wild card and trails Oakland by 2 1/2 for the top spot.

''I'm feeling good because this is my first walkoff with this team, finally,'' Puig said, exhaling. ''The inning before, I told Lindor and a couple of players, `Hey, I'm going to finish this one with a home run.' I didn't get that, but I got the single to win the game.

''All I'm focused on is my team trying to win the most games we can and waiting for Tampa to lose a couple.''

The enigmatic slugger drove the first pitch he saw from Jose Cisnero (0-4) over the head of Travis Demeritte. It was the fourth hit of the game and the fifth career walkoff plate appearance by Puig, acquired from Cincinnati in a three-team trade.

Roberto Perez reached on an error by shortstop Willi Castro to open the 10th and was replaced by Bradley Zimmer, who advanced on Ryan Flaherty's sacrifice bunt. A fielder's choice by Oscar Mercado was bookended by intentional walks to Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana, setting the stage for Puig.

''You have to take your choice because having to pitch to Puig is not your greatest feeling in the world,'' said Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, whose team has the worst record in baseball at 45-106. ''With Lindor and the whole package, they have a great lineup and it's stacked at the top.''

Puig said he was motivated by the strategy, explaining, ''He walked Santana and he's going to pitch to me like I can't finish this game. I got the pitch and put the ball in play and we won.''

Adam Cimber (6-3) earned the win with a perfect inning for Cleveland, which did not allow a hit after the fourth.

The Indians' 16-game winning streak over the Tigers is one shy of the franchise record set against Baltimore in 1954. Cleveland is 17-1 versus the Tigers this year, outscoring them 109-38. Detroit matched its longest losing streak against an opponent; first dropping 16 in a row to Minnesota from 2002-03.

''I love this time of year,'' Puig said. ''I've been in the playoffs six times and God gave me an opportunity to come over from Cincinnati to try and make it a seventh time. Oakland is a little far ahead of us right now, but we're right there with Tampa.''

The biggest play prior to extra innings occurred in the fourth, when Cleveland left fielder Greg Allen threw out Christin Stewart at the plate on a single by Brandon Dixon. Allen's throw to Perez was clocked at 100.8 mph - the fastest outfield assist in the majors this season, according to the Indians.

''You know what? Sometimes you surprise yourself whether it's how hard you hit a ball or make a throw like that,'' Allen said. ''I just tried to get the ball out as quickly as possible.''

Indians right-hander Aaron Civale worked a season-high 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run. The rookie is the fifth pitcher to begin his career with nine games of five-plus innings and two or fewer earned runs - the first since King Cole of the Cubs from 1909-10.

Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull struck out eight over five innings, but remained winless in 16 starts since beating Atlanta on May 31. The right-hander leads the majors with 15 losses.

LOOKING BETTER

Indians LHP Brad Hand, who is sidelined with a tired arm, threw two dozen pitches in a bullpen session. The All-Star closer last appeared in a game on Sept. 8 at Minnesota. ''It was just nice to see him look like himself,'' manager Terry Francona said. . Cleveland DH Franmil Reyes rejoined the team after spending one day away for personal reasons.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: 1B Jeimer Candelario (right triceps bruise) was not in the lineup for the second straight day, but entered as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning. He was hit on the arm by a pitch from Baltimore RHP Ryan Eades on Monday.

Indians: 3B Jose Ramirez (right hand surgery) is hitting in the batting cage and fielding ground balls, but Francona is uncertain if he will return this season. The two-time All-Star broke his hamate bone on Aug. 24 against Kansas City.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris (3-12, 4.62 ERA) will start the three-game series finale before being relieved by RHP Drew VerHagen. They combined for seven shutout innings, striking out five, in their most recent time-share outing on Sept. 14 at Baltimore.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (11-3, 2.68 ERA) had his 10-game winning streak snapped on Sept. 14 against Minnesota, allowing two runs over a season-high tying eight innings. He is 10-1 with a 2.02 ERA, 118 strikeouts and 23 walks over his last 14 starts.

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  • W: A. Cimber (6-3)L: J. Cisnero (0-4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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H. Castro 2B40100010.301.316.399.7142.5
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J. Candelario 1B00000000.196.298.322.6190.0
D. Lugo 3B40000021.235.264.374.638-1.0
B. Dixon 1B-LF40100020.247.292.440.7320.0
T. Demeritte RF40000010.228.284.356.640-0.5
J. Rogers C31100000.121.230.273.5033.0
W. Castro SS20000000.216.280.270.5510.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS40100111.289.340.529.8690.5
    O. Mercado CF50000024.279.327.443.770-1.0
    C. Santana DH40210100.282.399.527.9264.0
    Y. Puig RF50410000.265.324.457.7815.0
    M. Freeman 2B30100024.275.371.403.7730.0
    G. Allen LF40000012.230.291.355.646-0.5
    J. Bauers 1B30000111.227.312.377.6890.5
    R. Perez C40000021.237.321.455.776-1.0
    B. Zimmer PR01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
    R. Flaherty 3B31100000.091.091.091.1822.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Stewart (24), J. Rogers (3)
      • 3B - H. Castro (4)
      • SF - V. Reyes (2)
      • SH - W. Castro
      • RBI - V. Reyes (21)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart (39), B. Dixon
      BATTING
      • SH - M. Freeman (6), R. Flaherty
      • RBI - C. Santana (90), Y. Puig (79)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Santana (26), Y. Puig (34)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Freeman 2 (16), G. Allen (37), J. Bauers (40)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - F. Lindor (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Castro-Castro-Dixon)
      • E - W. Castro (3)
      • PB - J. Rogers (8)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - G. Allen (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Turnbull5.06110804.661.4712.0
      D. McKay1.01000104.881.382.5
      B. Garcia1.000010013.502.142.0
      B. Farmer2.01000003.961.325.0
      J. Cisnero (L, 0-4)0.21102004.181.48-8.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Turnbull5.0
      D. McKay1.0
      B. Garcia1.0
      B. Farmer2.0
      J. Cisnero (L, 0-4)0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Civale7.24111401.820.9920.0
      O. Perez0.20000103.431.190.5
      N. Goody0.20000002.791.240.0
      A. Cimber (W, 6-3)1.00000204.201.2811.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Civale7.2
      O. Perez0.2
      N. Goody0.2
      A. Cimber (W, 6-3)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Turnbull (9)
      • IBB - J. Cisnero 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 92-63, D. McKay 15-12, B. Garcia 12-5, B. Farmer 15-10, J. Cisnero 6-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 4-2, B. Garcia 2-0, B. Farmer 5-1, J. Cisnero 3-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 20, D. McKay 4, B. Garcia 3, B. Farmer 7, J. Cisnero 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Civale 94-62, O. Perez 5-4, N. Goody 10-7, A. Cimber 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Civale 10-8, O. Perez 1-0, N. Goody 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Civale 27, O. Perez 2, N. Goody 2, A. Cimber 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      V. Reyes CF30010010.298.329.421.7510.5
      H. Castro 2B40100010.301.316.399.7142.5
      M. Cabrera DH30000101.281.348.389.7371.0
      C. Stewart LF40100002.245.320.412.7322.0
      J. Candelario 1B00000000.196.298.322.6190.0
      D. Lugo 3B40000021.235.264.374.638-1.0
      B. Dixon 1B-LF40100020.247.292.440.7320.0
      T. Demeritte RF40000010.228.284.356.640-0.5
      J. Rogers C31100000.121.230.273.5033.0
      W. Castro SS20000000.216.280.270.5510.0
      Total311410174-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS40100111.289.340.529.8690.5
        O. Mercado CF50000024.279.327.443.770-1.0
        C. Santana DH40210100.282.399.527.9264.0
        Y. Puig RF50410000.265.324.457.7815.0
        M. Freeman 2B30100024.275.371.403.7730.0
        G. Allen LF40000012.230.291.355.646-0.5
        J. Bauers 1B30000111.227.312.377.6890.5
        R. Perez C40000021.237.321.455.776-1.0
        B. Zimmer PR01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
        R. Flaherty 3B31100000.091.091.091.1822.0
        Total3529203913-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Stewart (24), J. Rogers (3)
          • 3B - H. Castro (4)
          • SF - V. Reyes (2)
          • SH - W. Castro
          • RBI - V. Reyes (21)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart (39), B. Dixon
          BATTING
          • SH - M. Freeman (6), R. Flaherty
          • RBI - C. Santana (90), Y. Puig (79)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Santana (26), Y. Puig (34)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Freeman 2 (16), G. Allen (37), J. Bauers (40)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - F. Lindor (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Castro-Castro-Dixon)
          • E - W. Castro (3)
          • PB - J. Rogers (8)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - G. Allen (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Turnbull5.06110804.661.4712.0
          D. McKay1.01000104.881.382.5
          B. Garcia1.000010013.502.142.0
          B. Farmer2.01000003.961.325.0
          J. Cisnero (L, 0-4)0.21102004.181.48-8.0
          Total9.2921390---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Turnbull5.0
          D. McKay1.0
          B. Garcia1.0
          B. Farmer2.0
          J. Cisnero (L, 0-4)0.2
          Total9.2
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Civale7.24111401.820.9920.0
          O. Perez0.20000103.431.190.5
          N. Goody0.20000002.791.240.0
          A. Cimber (W, 6-3)1.00000204.201.2811.0
          Total10.0411170---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Civale7.2
          O. Perez0.2
          N. Goody0.2
          A. Cimber (W, 6-3)1.0
          Total10.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - S. Turnbull (9)
          • IBB - J. Cisnero 2 (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 92-63, D. McKay 15-12, B. Garcia 12-5, B. Farmer 15-10, J. Cisnero 6-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 4-2, B. Garcia 2-0, B. Farmer 5-1, J. Cisnero 3-0
          • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 20, D. McKay 4, B. Garcia 3, B. Farmer 7, J. Cisnero 6
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Civale 94-62, O. Perez 5-4, N. Goody 10-7, A. Cimber 12-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Civale 10-8, O. Perez 1-0, N. Goody 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Civale 27, O. Perez 2, N. Goody 2, A. Cimber 3
          • 10TH INNING
            Puig singled to deep right, Zimmer scored, Mercado to third, Santana to second12
          • 3RD INNING
            Santana singled to center, Flaherty scored11
            Reyes hit sacrifice fly to right, Rogers scored10
          • 10TH INNING
            • Adam Cimber relieved Nick Goody
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lugo struck out looking
            • B. Dixon: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
            • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Demeritte flied out to right
            • Middle of the 10th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jose Cisnero relieved Buck Farmer
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Perez safe at first on shortstop Castro fielding error
            • Bradley Zimmer ran for Roberto Perez
            • R. Flaherty: Flaherty hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Zimmer to second
            • F. Lindor: Lindor intentionally walked
            • O. Mercado: Mercado reached on fielder's choice to second, Zimmer to third, Lindor out at second
            • C. Santana: Ball, Santana intentionally walked
            • Y. Puig: Puig singled to deep right, Zimmer scored, Mercado to third, Santana to second
            • End of the 10th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 9TH INNING
            • O. Perez Pitching:
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • Nick Goody relieved Oliver Perez
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Stewart: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Stewart flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jeimer Candelario at first base
            • Y. Puig: Ball, Puig singled to center
            • M. Freeman: Freeman hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Puig to second
            • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Allen grounded out to second, Puig to third
            • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bauers flied out to center
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • J. Rogers: Rogers grounded out to third
            • W. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Castro flied out to shallow left
            • Oliver Perez relieved Aaron Civale
            • V. Reyes: Reyes grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Buck Farmer relieved Bryan Garcia
            • F. Lindor: Lindor grounded out to second
            • O. Mercado: Mercado grounded out to first
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • D. Lugo: Foul, Ball, Lugo grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Dixon: Dixon grounded out to second
            • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Demeritte lined out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Bryan Garcia relieved David McKay
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked
            • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Perez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bauers out at second
            • R. Flaherty: Ball, Ball, Flaherty grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • V. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Reyes grounded out to first
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Castro grounded out to second
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Stewart flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • David McKay relieved Spencer Turnbull
            • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Santana fouled out to third
            • Y. Puig: Puig flied out to right
            • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Freeman singled to left
            • G. Allen: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Freeman to second on passed ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Demeritte struck out swinging
            • J. Rogers: Ball, Rogers flied out to center
            • W. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • R. Flaherty: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Flaherty grounded out to third
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor singled to center
            • O. Mercado: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Mercado struck out on foul tip
            • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lindor caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to deep center
            • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Stewart doubled to deep right
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
            • B. Dixon: Foul, Ball, Dixon singled to left, Stewart out at home
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Ball, Allen flied out to right
            • J. Bauers: Ball, Foul, Bauers grounded out to second
            • R. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • J. Rogers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rogers doubled to deep left
            • W. Castro: Foul, Castro hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Rogers to third
            • V. Reyes: Reyes hit sacrifice fly to right, Rogers scored
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Castro grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • R. Flaherty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Flaherty singled to center
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Flaherty to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercado struck out swinging
            • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana singled to center, Flaherty scored
            • Y. Puig: Foul, Strike swinging, Puig singled to left, Santana to second
            • M. Freeman: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • D. Lugo: Lugo popped out to second
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
            • T. Demeritte: Demeritte flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Allen flied out to right
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Civale Pitching:
            • V. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Castro tripled to deep center
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Stewart grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to second
            • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Mercado grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Santana: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana reached on an infield single to third
            • Y. Puig: Puig singled to right, Santana to second
            • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)