Streak on: Indians beat Orioles for 18th win in a row

CLEVELAND (AP) Francisco Lindor broke two bats, borrowed one from a teammate, and hit a home run.

It's been like that for the Cleveland Indians of late.

The Indians stretched their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games, beating the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Sunday night behind homers from Lindor and Roberto Perez in the sixth inning.

Cleveland's streak is the longest in the majors since Oakland won 20 straight in 2002. The best run in baseball history belongs to the New York Giants, who had a 26-game streak in 1916, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Giants' streak included a tie, which doesn't count as a game in baseball.

Lindor's home run followed Perez's leadoff shot that snapped a 1-all tie. Cleveland's All-Star shortstop broke two bats while running the count to 3-2 against Jeremy Hellickson, then walked to the dugout looking for help. Teammate Abraham Almonte obliged.

''I had no more bats,'' Lindor said. ''I ran out of bats. I prefer to use one that has my handle, so I just saw him and I was like, `Hey, let me use yours.'''

There was one problem, however, with the replacement. Lindor thought his chances to get a hit were slim because he uses a lighter and smaller model, but he hit the next pitch into seats in right field for his 29th homer.

Lindor turned to the dugout before leaving the batters' box and smiled at his teammate.

''I looked at the barrel and I was like `No, there's no chance.' As soon as I hit it, I just looked at him like, `This is a good bat,''' he said.

This latest win came with a drawback: Indians rookie center fielder Bradley Zimmer broke a bone in his left hand. Zimmer slid into first base trying to beat out a ground ball and got his hand stepped on. Manager Terry Francona said Zimmer will see a hand specialist this week.

The crowd of 21,259 roared in the ninth inning as Cody Allen recorded his 26th save. He struck out the first two hitters and retired Trey Mancini on a line drive to right field to end the game.

Cleveland hasn't lost since Aug. 23 and has outscored its opponents 121-32 in the streak. Cleveland has trailed in only four of 162 innings during the stretch.

The Indians are a game ahead of Houston for the league's best record and reduced their magic number to clinch the AL Central to seven. Cleveland trailed Houston by 14 games on July 22.

The New York Yankees won 19 in a row in 1947, which the Indians can match Monday against Detroit, but Francona doesn't want his players to change their approach.

''Maybe this thing gets more carried away with other people as opposed to us,'' he said. ''We just play the game.''

Trevor Bauer (16-8) allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander moved into a tie with Boston's Chris Sale for the league lead in wins and has won nine straight decisions.

Jose Ramirez, back in the lineup after missing three games with a sore wrist, had an RBI groundout in the first. Baltimore tied it in the sixth on Jonathan Schoop's single.

Chris Davis hit a solo homer in the seventh for Baltimore, which has lost four straight and is three games out of the wild-card race. Hellickson (3-3) allowed three runs in six innings.

''At this point, we need to win every game,'' Davis said. ''There's a lot stacked against us, we know that, but we're still in the fight.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Manager Buck Showalter said OF Craig Gentry (broken right finger) could rejoin the team this week in Toronto.

Indians: Relief ace Andrew Miller (right knee tendinitis) will throw a simulated game Monday. He hasn't pitched since Aug. 21 and is on the disabled list for the second time this season with the injury. Second baseman Jason Kipnis (strained right hamstring), on the DL since Aug. 23, will hit against Miller. ... Left fielder Michael Brantley (sprained right ankle) has been doing treadmill work but doesn't know when he'll begin running on the field. He's been on the DL since Aug. 9, but is hitting in the batting cages and throwing.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez will make his first start since Aug. 30 in the first of a three-game series Monday against Toronto.

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco, coming off his first complete game of the season against the White Sox, will start the opener of a three-game series with visiting Detroit.

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IndiansCLE87-56
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  • W: T. Bauer (16-8)L: J. Hellickson (8-9)S: C. Allen (26)
  • HR: BAL - C. Davis (24), CLE - R. Perez (5), F. Lindor (29)
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M. Machado 3B41200021.272.326.502.8283.0
J. Schoop 2B40310010.305.350.535.8853.5
A. Jones CF40000014.280.317.468.785-0.5
T. Mancini LF40000011.289.336.495.831-0.5
C. Davis 1B31111011.220.313.438.7515.5
M. Trumbo DH30000000.240.294.409.7020.0
W. Castillo C30000020.293.330.505.835-1.0
S. Smith RF20000010.260.343.444.787-0.5
a- J. Rickard RF10000000.247.284.352.6360.0
  • a-grounded out for Smith in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS42211002.274.334.497.8319.0
L. Chisenhall LF40100000.301.376.548.9241.0
J. Ramirez 2B40010001.306.359.560.9191.0
E. Encarnacion DH40000011.254.376.499.875-0.5
J. Bruce RF30000002.256.322.513.8350.0
C. Santana 1B30100000.265.371.478.8491.0
Y. Diaz 3B30000001.261.377.330.7070.0
G. Urshela 3B00000000.227.276.277.5530.0
B. Zimmer CF30000001.241.307.385.6920.0
G. Allen CF00000000.250.294.500.7940.0
R. Perez C21111100.217.303.364.6677.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Beckham (16), M. Machado (30)
    • HR - C. Davis (24)
    • RBI - J. Schoop (103), C. Davis (56)
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (36)
    • HR - F. Lindor (29), R. Perez (5)
    • RBI - F. Lindor (73), J. Ramirez (70), R. Perez (34)
    FIELDING
    • E - A. Jones (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - F. Lindor, J. Ramirez, C. Santana, Y. Diaz
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Hellickson (L, 8-9)6.04330125.231.259.5
    R. Bleier0.21000001.931.20-1.0
    D. O'Day0.10001003.861.16-1.0
    Z. Britton1.00000002.701.473.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Hellickson (L, 8-9)6.0
    R. Bleier0.2
    D. O'Day0.1
    Z. Britton1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Bauer (W, 16-8)6.17220714.331.3922.5
    J. Smith (H, 20)0.20000003.100.990.0
    T. Olson (H, 5)0.10000000.001.050.0
    N. Goody (H, 4)0.20000102.721.110.5
    C. Allen (S, 26)1.00000202.611.1811.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Bauer (W, 16-8)6.1
    J. Smith (H, 20)0.2
    T. Olson (H, 5)0.1
    N. Goody (H, 4)0.2
    C. Allen (S, 26)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - R. Bleier (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 88-52, R. Bleier 16-12, D. O'Day 9-4, Z. Britton 4-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 8-10, R. Bleier 1-1, D. O'Day 1-0, Z. Britton 3-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 23, R. Bleier 3, D. O'Day 2, Z. Britton 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Bauer (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 110-67, J. Smith 2-2, T. Olson 3-2, N. Goody 12-7, C. Allen 16-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 7-3, J. Smith 2-0, T. Olson 1-0, N. Goody 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 24, J. Smith 2, T. Olson, N. Goody 2, C. Allen 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    IndiansCLE87-56
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Beckham SS40100010.287.335.466.8001.5
    M. Machado 3B41200021.272.326.502.8283.0
    J. Schoop 2B40310010.305.350.535.8853.5
    A. Jones CF40000014.280.317.468.785-0.5
    T. Mancini LF40000011.289.336.495.831-0.5
    C. Davis 1B31111011.220.313.438.7515.5
    M. Trumbo DH30000000.240.294.409.7020.0
    W. Castillo C30000020.293.330.505.835-1.0
    S. Smith RF20000010.260.343.444.787-0.5
    a- J. Rickard RF10000000.247.284.352.6360.0
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    • a-grounded out for Smith in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS42211002.274.334.497.8319.0
    L. Chisenhall LF40100000.301.376.548.9241.0
    J. Ramirez 2B40010001.306.359.560.9191.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000011.254.376.499.875-0.5
    J. Bruce RF30000002.256.322.513.8350.0
    C. Santana 1B30100000.265.371.478.8491.0
    Y. Diaz 3B30000001.261.377.330.7070.0
    G. Urshela 3B00000000.227.276.277.5530.0
    B. Zimmer CF30000001.241.307.385.6920.0
    G. Allen CF00000000.250.294.500.7940.0
    R. Perez C21111100.217.303.364.6677.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Beckham (16), M. Machado (30)
      • HR - C. Davis (24)
      • RBI - J. Schoop (103), C. Davis (56)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (36)
      • HR - F. Lindor (29), R. Perez (5)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (73), J. Ramirez (70), R. Perez (34)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Jones (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - F. Lindor, J. Ramirez, C. Santana, Y. Diaz
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hellickson (L, 8-9)6.04330125.231.259.5
      R. Bleier0.21000001.931.20-1.0
      D. O'Day0.10001003.861.16-1.0
      Z. Britton1.00000002.701.473.0
      Total8.0533112---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hellickson (L, 8-9)6.0
      R. Bleier0.2
      D. O'Day0.1
      Z. Britton1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (W, 16-8)6.17220714.331.3922.5
      J. Smith (H, 20)0.20000003.100.990.0
      T. Olson (H, 5)0.10000000.001.050.0
      N. Goody (H, 4)0.20000102.721.110.5
      C. Allen (S, 26)1.00000202.611.1811.0
      Total9.07220101---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (W, 16-8)6.1
      J. Smith (H, 20)0.2
      T. Olson (H, 5)0.1
      N. Goody (H, 4)0.2
      C. Allen (S, 26)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Bleier (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 88-52, R. Bleier 16-12, D. O'Day 9-4, Z. Britton 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 8-10, R. Bleier 1-1, D. O'Day 1-0, Z. Britton 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 23, R. Bleier 3, D. O'Day 2, Z. Britton 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Bauer (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 110-67, J. Smith 2-2, T. Olson 3-2, N. Goody 12-7, C. Allen 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 7-3, J. Smith 2-0, T. Olson 1-0, N. Goody 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 24, J. Smith 2, T. Olson, N. Goody 2, C. Allen 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Davis homered to left23
      • 6TH INNING
        Lindor homered to right center13
        Perez homered to left center12
        Schoop singled to left, Machado scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Ramirez grounded out to second, Lindor scored, Chisenhall to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Cody Allen relieved Nick Goody
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • A. Jones: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Mancini lined out to right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Giovanny Urshela at third
        • Greg Allen in center
        • Tyler Olson relieved Joe Smith
        • Joey Rickard hit for Seth Smith
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Ball, Rickard grounded out to second
        • Nick Goody relieved Tyler Olson
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Beckham grounded out to third
        • M. Machado: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Zach Britton relieved Darren O'Day
        • L. Chisenhall: Chisenhall grounded out to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mancini grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Davis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Davis homered to left
        • Joe Smith relieved Trevor Bauer
        • M. Trumbo: Trumbo grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Castillo: Castillo grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Richard Bleier relieved Jeremy Hellickson
        • C. Santana: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Santana reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Santana to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Diaz lined out to second
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmer grounded out to first, Santana to third
        • Darren O'Day relieved Richard Bleier
        • R. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Lindor reached on fielder's choice to second, Perez out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • M. Machado: Machado doubled to deep right
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Machado to third on wild pitch, Ball, Schoop singled to left, Machado scored
        • A. Jones: Strike (foul tip), Jones grounded into double play third to second to first, Schoop out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hellickson Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Perez homered to left center
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lindor homered to right center
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Chisenhall flied out to center
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez lined out to right
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion safe at first on center fielder Jones fielding error
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Bruce grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • M. Trumbo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Trumbo grounded out to third
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
        • S. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hellickson Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Santana grounded out to first
        • Y. Diaz: Diaz flied out to deep center
        • B. Zimmer: Strike looking, Ball, Zimmer grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Schoop singled to center
        • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Jones flied out to left
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hellickson Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Encarnacion flied out to deep right
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bruce lined out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Castillo struck out looking
        • S. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Smith lined out to right
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham doubled to deep right center
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hellickson Pitching:
        • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez grounded out to pitcher
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor flied out to deep left
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Chisenhall grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Mancini grounded out to third
        • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis lined out to left
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Trumbo grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hellickson Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Ball, Santana flied out to right
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Diaz fouled out to right
        • B. Zimmer: Ball, Ball, Zimmer fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Ball, Beckham grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Machado reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Schoop singled to left, Machado to second
        • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jones grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Schoop out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hellickson Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor doubled to deep left
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Strike swinging, Chisenhall singled to left center, Lindor to third
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to second, Lindor scored, Chisenhall to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bruce grounded out to first
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)