Homers lift Indians past Cubs, but Miller injured in 4-1 win

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians might need to get along without reliever Andrew Miller for a bit.

Miller left Wednesday night's 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs because of a tight left hamstring. He was set for an MRI on Thursday, and manager Terry Francona said the lefty had the same injury while pitching for Baltimore in 2014.

''He's had it before,'' Francona said. ''The hope is, I think last time he said it was 3-4 days. That would really be the hope. We'll know a lot more tomorrow. And hopefully, that's all it is.''

Miller grabbed the back of his leg after throwing two pitches to Anthony Rizzo. He was visited by Francona and a team trainer before walking to the dugout.

''Him not throwing another pitch was really smart on his part,'' Francona said.

Francisco Lindor and Edwin Encarnacion hit sixth-inning home runs for the Indians. Brandon Guyer connected in the fifth.

Lindor's leadoff homer against Jon Lester (2-1) broke a 1-all tie, and Encarnacion homered into the bleachers with two outs. Lester had allowed only one hit until Guyer's two-out home run in the fifth tied it.

Miller relieved Trevor Bauer (2-2) with a runner on first and Cleveland leading 3-1. Bauer held the Cubs to one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Miller hasn't allowed a run in 10 innings this season. He fell behind Rizzo 2-0 before grabbing at his leg.

Cleveland added a run in the eighth on Rizzo's throwing error at first base. Rizzo had an RBI single in the fifth.

''Whoever says solo homers can't beat you (is wrong), I guess,'' Lester said. ''The only pitch that was a bad decision on my part - and I shook to it - was the pitch to Guyer. The other two, Lindor goes oppo and a ball on the ground that Encarnacion hits out. That's the game, unfortunately.''

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was out of the lineup for the second straight game after being hit in the helmet by a pitch Sunday. The 2016 NL MVP didn't play in the Cubs' 10-3 win Tuesday.

Miller replaced Bauer after Javier Baez's two-out single. Tyler Olson retired Rizzo on a flyball.

Willson Contreras doubled to start the eighth, but Olson got pinch-hitter Victor Caratini on a groundout and struck out Kyle Schwarber.

Nick Goody struck out Addison Russell to end the eighth before Allen worked the ninth.

The teams split the two-game series in their first meeting since the 2016 World Series that saw the Cubs win Game 7 at Progressive Field for their first championship since 1908.

''There's nothing to be upset about,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''They just got us today.''

SORRY FRIEND

Baez got the best of good friend Lindor in the seventh inning just before Miller entered the game.

Lindor made a dive to grab Baez's grounder in the hole, but Baez beat Lindor's throw by half a step. Baez wagged a finger at Lindor as he ran through the bag, prompting Lindor to laugh and apparently tease Baez about his footspeed.

''I loved it,'' Lindor said. ''I would have done the same thing. Baez one, me zero.''

HOLD IT DOWN

One of the night's biggest cheers came when word spread through the ballpark that LeBron James hit the winning 3-pointer to give the Cavaliers a 98-95 win over Indiana in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. It just so happened that Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery had entered the game to face Lindor in the eighth inning.

''I figured they weren't giving Montgomery that kind of an ovation,'' Francona joked. ''I didn't know if he was from this area or something.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: Maddon said Bryant has been checked by doctors and could return Thursday night when the Cubs begin a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. ''He's fine,'' Maddon said. ''I'd be surprised if it took a turn in the other direction.''

Indians: LHP Ryan Merritt (sprained left knee) will make one more start at extended spring training before starting a minor league rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks will start the opener of a four-game series against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field on Thursday.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger, who allowed two hits in his first career complete-game shutout against Baltimore in his last start, goes against Seattle on Thursday.

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  • W: T. Bauer (2-2)L: J. Lester (2-1)S: C. Allen (5)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion (5), B. Guyer (1), F. Lindor (3)
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A. Rizzo 1B30110013.179.303.232.5352.5
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T. La Stella 2B30000010.273.333.333.667-0.5
a- V. Caratini PH-C10000001.242.306.333.6390.0
K. Schwarber DH30000111.288.405.6061.0110.5
A. Russell SS40000022.205.301.274.575-1.0
J. Heyward RF40000012.261.342.406.748-0.5
I. Happ LF-2B31000130.246.303.426.7290.5
  • a-grounded out for La Stella in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS32111100.222.300.378.6788.0
J. Kipnis 2B30000010.159.237.205.442-0.5
J. Ramirez 3B40100010.265.371.542.9130.5
E. Encarnacion DH31211101.173.264.370.6348.0
T. Naquin PR-DH00000000.279.326.349.6750.0
M. Brantley LF40100001.315.339.444.7841.0
Y. Gomes C40000002.226.281.434.7150.0
Y. Alonso 1B30000010.205.271.423.694-0.5
B. Guyer RF21111110.147.194.324.5186.5
R. Davis CF30000001.162.244.216.4600.0
B. Zimmer CF00000000.271.295.373.6680.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Contreras (8)
    • RBI - A. Rizzo (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Rizzo (5)
    BATTING
    • HR - F. Lindor (3), E. Encarnacion (5), B. Guyer
    • SH - J. Kipnis
    • RBI - F. Lindor (9), E. Encarnacion (8), B. Guyer (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion, B. Guyer (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - A. Rizzo
    FIELDING
    • E - B. Guyer
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lester (L, 2-1)7.04332433.291.2112.0
    M. Montgomery0.20111005.401.80-2.0
    P. Strop0.12000002.891.39-2.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lester (L, 2-1)7.0
    M. Montgomery0.2
    P. Strop0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Bauer (W, 2-2)6.24113802.411.1024.0
    A. Miller0.00000000.001.000.0
    T. Olson (H, 2)1.01000103.380.502.5
    N. Goody (H, 2)0.10000101.130.880.5
    C. Allen (S, 5)1.00000100.000.6410.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Bauer (W, 2-2)6.2
    A. Miller0.0
    T. Olson (H, 2)1.0
    N. Goody (H, 2)0.1
    C. Allen (S, 5)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 107-65, M. Montgomery 11-4, P. Strop 7-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 4-13, M. Montgomery 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Lester 27, M. Montgomery 3, P. Strop 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Bauer 2 (2)
    • HBP - T. Bauer (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 111-68, A. Miller 2-0, T. Olson 19-13, N. Goody 5-3, C. Allen 6-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 6-7, T. Olson 1-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 29, T. Olson 4, N. Goody, C. Allen 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    CHC11-10
    000010000151
    CLE13-9
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Almora CF40100110.310.365.466.8311.5
    J. Baez 3B40200012.309.371.7281.0991.5
    A. Rizzo 1B30110013.179.303.232.5352.5
    W. Contreras C-LF40100005.273.356.442.7982.0
    T. La Stella 2B30000010.273.333.333.667-0.5
    a- V. Caratini PH-C10000001.242.306.333.6390.0
    K. Schwarber DH30000111.288.405.6061.0110.5
    A. Russell SS40000022.205.301.274.575-1.0
    J. Heyward RF40000012.261.342.406.748-0.5
    I. Happ LF-2B31000130.246.303.426.7290.5
    Total33151031116-----
    HITTERSAB
    A. Almora CF4
    J. Baez 3B4
    A. Rizzo 1B3
    W. Contreras C-LF4
    T. La Stella 2B3
    a- V. Caratini PH-C1
    K. Schwarber DH3
    A. Russell SS4
    J. Heyward RF4
    I. Happ LF-2B3
    Total33
    • a-grounded out for La Stella in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS32111100.222.300.378.6788.0
    J. Kipnis 2B30000010.159.237.205.442-0.5
    J. Ramirez 3B40100010.265.371.542.9130.5
    E. Encarnacion DH31211101.173.264.370.6348.0
    T. Naquin PR-DH00000000.279.326.349.6750.0
    M. Brantley LF40100001.315.339.444.7841.0
    Y. Gomes C40000002.226.281.434.7150.0
    Y. Alonso 1B30000010.205.271.423.694-0.5
    B. Guyer RF21111110.147.194.324.5186.5
    R. Davis CF30000001.162.244.216.4600.0
    B. Zimmer CF00000000.271.295.373.6680.0
    Total294633345-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Contreras (8)
      • RBI - A. Rizzo (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Rizzo (5)
      BATTING
      • HR - F. Lindor (3), E. Encarnacion (5), B. Guyer
      • SH - J. Kipnis
      • RBI - F. Lindor (9), E. Encarnacion (8), B. Guyer (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Encarnacion, B. Guyer (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Rizzo
      FIELDING
      • E - B. Guyer
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lester (L, 2-1)7.04332433.291.2112.0
      M. Montgomery0.20111005.401.80-2.0
      P. Strop0.12000002.891.39-2.0
      Total8.0644343---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lester (L, 2-1)7.0
      M. Montgomery0.2
      P. Strop0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Bauer (W, 2-2)6.24113802.411.1024.0
      A. Miller0.00000000.001.000.0
      T. Olson (H, 2)1.01000103.380.502.5
      N. Goody (H, 2)0.10000101.130.880.5
      C. Allen (S, 5)1.00000100.000.6410.5
      Total9.05113110---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Bauer (W, 2-2)6.2
      A. Miller0.0
      T. Olson (H, 2)1.0
      N. Goody (H, 2)0.1
      C. Allen (S, 5)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 107-65, M. Montgomery 11-4, P. Strop 7-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 4-13, M. Montgomery 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Lester 27, M. Montgomery 3, P. Strop 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Bauer 2 (2)
      • HBP - T. Bauer (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Bauer 111-68, A. Miller 2-0, T. Olson 19-13, N. Goody 5-3, C. Allen 6-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Bauer 6-7, T. Olson 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Bauer 29, T. Olson 4, N. Goody, C. Allen 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Kipnis hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Lindor scored on 1st baseman Rizzo fielding error14
      • 6TH INNING
        Encarnacion homered to left center13
        Lindor homered to right12
      • 5TH INNING
        Guyer homered to left11
        Rizzo singled to center, Happ scored, Almora to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Cody Allen relieved Nick Goody
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward flied out to center
        • I. Happ: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
        • A. Almora: Almora flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Bradley Zimmer in center
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Contreras doubled to deep center
        • Victor Caratini hit for Tommy La Stella
        • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Caratini grounded out to second, Contreras to third
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • Nick Goody relieved Tyler Olson
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Mike Montgomery relieved Jon Lester
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor walked
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kipnis hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Lindor scored on 1st baseman Rizzo fielding error
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to catcher
        • Pedro Strop relieved Mike Montgomery
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion singled to center
        • Tyler Naquin ran for Edwin Encarnacion
        • M. Brantley: Brantley singled to center, Naquin to second
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Gomes flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • I. Happ: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
        • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Baez singled to shallow left
        • Andrew Miller relieved Trevor Bauer
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball
        • Rizzo flied out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gomes grounded out to third
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso flied out to center
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Guyer walked
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davis lined out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, La Stella grounded out to second
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schwarber flied out to center
        • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Russell safe at first on right fielder Guyer fielding error
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Foul, Lindor homered to right
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kipnis struck out looking
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Ramirez struck out on foul tip
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion homered to left center
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward fouled out to catcher
        • I. Happ: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Happ walked
        • A. Almora: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Happ to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Almora walked
        • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo singled to center, Happ scored, Almora to third
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras grounded into fielder's choice to third, Rizzo out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gomes lined out to right
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso popped out to second
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Guyer homered to left
        • R. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis flied out to deep right
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, La Stella flied out to center
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Schwarber grounded out to first
        • A. Russell: Russell grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Kipnis popped out to third
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez flied out to left
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Foul, Brantley fouled out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • I. Happ: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
        • A. Almora: Almora singled to center
        • J. Baez: Baez singled to center, Almora to second
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
        • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Contreras grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • B. Guyer: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Guyer struck out looking
        • R. Davis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis flied out to deep center
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • T. La Stella: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, La Stella struck out on foul tip
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber to second on wild pitch, Foul, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
        • J. Heyward: Heyward lined out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley lined out to center
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes flied out to deep left
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Bauer Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Almora flied out to center
        • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Baez lined out to center
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo hit by pitch
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Ball, Contreras grounded into fielder's choice to third, Rizzo out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lindor grounded out to second
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kipnis grounded out to first
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez singled to left
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)