Powder power: Lindor's 3-run homer gives Indians 5-2 win

CLEVELAND (AP) Francisco Lindor skipped down the third-base line, crossed home plate and suddenly couldn't breathe.

He wasn't alone.

Lindor connected for a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians again moved 10 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central with a 5-2 win over the Twins on Wednesday night.

Lindor, who struck out with the winning run at second base in the ninth to end a 3-2 loss on Tuesday, drove the first pitch from Trevor Hildenberger (2-3) over the wall in right to trigger a wild celebration.

As the Progressive Field crowd roared as if it was October, the All-Star shortstop pointed and waved to the fans before being swarmed by his teammates, including pitcher Carlos Carrasco who emptied most of a bottle of white baby power on him.

''I didn't see it otherwise I would have touched the plate and ran,'' Lindor said of Carrasco's powder-packed ambush. ''I felt powder and then all of a sudden I ran out of breath. I just tried to get out of there.''

Down 2-1, Minnesota tied it in the ninth on Miguel Sano's leadoff homer against Cody Allen (4-4), who cost Mike Clevinger a victory and wound up with a blown save and win.

Lindor saved him.

Jason Kipnis singled with one out in the ninth before Twins right fielder Max Kepler raced back and robbed Yan Gomes of extra bases with a leaping catch before crashing into the padded wall.

Brandon Guyer followed with a single to bring up the electrifying Lindor, who has a knack for coming up big in clutch moments.

''It's like every time it's a spot like this he's always hitting when it's a chance like this, and it's like a sixth sense,'' Clevinger said.

''You know it's gonna happen. Like you look over on deck and you're like `Does he bat every time it's a tie game?' And then every time it seems like he's coming through too, so it's huge.''

Lindor's homer was his 29th and gave him an MLB-leading 67 extra-base hits and 99 runs.

Allen, the Indians' dependable closer - and career saves leader - not only let the lead go, he cost Clevinger his first win since July 1. The right-hander limited the Twins to one run and five hits over seven strong innings, retiring the final 11 batters he faced before turning things over to Cleveland's bullpen, which has been much better after some earlier struggles.

However, Allen's 2-1 knuckle curve didn't fool Sano, as Minnesota's cleanup hitter pounded his eighth homer over the wall. It was the ninth homer allowed by Allen in 47 1-3 innings - a concerning statistic for the Indians as the push toward the playoffs.

Minnesota committed three errors in the first six innings.

''We didn't do a lot with the bats, Clevinger was good,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said. ''It just came down to trying to find a way to get back to even, which we did with Miggy with one swing, and then they put together the rally there in the bottom of the ninth.''

RBI CLUB

Cleveland has five players with at least 60 RBIs. No other team has more than three.

TOUGH LOSSES

The Twins aren't strangers to late-inning pain, having lost 11 times on walk-offs.

''It comes down to the last couple innings, and you find yourself in that predicament,'' Molitor said. ''It's been a part of the story line of the season.''

PITCHING PLAN

Minnesota may follow Tampa's lead and use relief pitchers to open games before bringing in the scheduled starter. The Twins are intrigued by the method and have researched the experiment in the minor leagues. Molitor suggested the club could begin implementing it soon.

''I don't know if we'll get into that situation by the time we get to the end of the year or not,'' he said. ''Like everything that involves change in this game, we're more than willing to look at it and see if it's something that might be something for us to pursue.''

LONG RUN

The Indians officially released reliever Zach McAllister, who had been with the club since 2010. The 30-year-old was designated for assignment last week.

McAllister struggled this season, going 1-2 with a 4.97 ERA in 41 appearances.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Molitor still doesn't know if LHP Adalberto Mejia will make his next start. Mejia pitched five shutout innings before leaving Tuesday's win with a strained wrist. Mejia will throw a bullpen session on Friday.

Indians: Guyer played center field for the first time since 2016 because Leonys Martin got ''real sick'' during the night, according to manager Terry Francona. Martin has played six games for Cleveland since being acquired in a deadline trade with Detroit.

UP NEXT

Indians ace Corey Kluber starts the finale of the four-game series against Twins RHP Jose Berrios. Kluber pitched a three-hitter and his seventh career complete-game shutout in his previous start on Aug. 3 against the Los Angeles Angels.

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CLE63-50
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  • W: C. Allen (4-4)L: T. Hildenberger (2-3)
  • HR: MIN - M. Sano (8), CLE - F. Lindor (29)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Rosario LF-CF30100101.299.340.501.8412.0
J. Polanco SS40000014.281.356.372.727-0.5
M. Sano 3B42211021.217.293.418.7118.0
M. Kepler RF40000011.234.326.420.746-0.5
L. Forsythe 2B40210010.229.294.313.6073.5
L. Morrison 1B40000002.188.279.373.6510.0
M. Garver C30100101.260.339.406.7452.0
J. Cave CF20100000.280.311.472.7831.0
a- J. Field PH-CF10000010.211.250.368.618-0.5
b- E. Adrianza PH-LF10000012.244.308.376.683-0.5
  • a-struck out for Cave in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Field in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS52231002.297.376.572.94811.0
M. Brantley LF40010002.296.347.461.8073.0
J. Ramirez 3B20100202.298.409.6221.0324.0
E. Encarnacion DH30010004.232.319.466.7851.0
Y. Alonso 1B40000022.247.315.446.761-1.0
M. Cabrera RF30100000.250.286.343.6281.0
R. Davis PR-CF10000010.247.295.312.607-0.5
J. Kipnis 2B41100011.220.304.360.6641.5
Y. Gomes C31100102.245.304.423.7273.0
B. Guyer CF-RF41200001.212.299.401.7003.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Sano (13), L. Forsythe (12)
    • HR - M. Sano (8)
    • RBI - M. Sano (31), L. Forsythe (16)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco 3 (3), M. Sano, M. Garver, E. Adrianza 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - F. Lindor (37)
    • HR - F. Lindor (29)
    • SF - E. Encarnacion (5)
    • RBI - F. Lindor 3 (71), M. Brantley (60), E. Encarnacion (81)
    • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor 3 (16)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Encarnacion 3 (3), Y. Alonso, Y. Gomes, B. Guyer
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - M. Garver
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Brantley (8), J. Ramirez (27)
    • CS - J. Ramirez (5)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Cave (3), M. Garver (2), T. May
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Odorizzi4.24212004.501.415.0
    T. May1.11000202.451.363.0
    M. Magill1.10001003.731.202.0
    T. Rogers0.20000103.881.170.5
    T. Hildenberger (L, 2-3)0.23330114.501.27-10.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Odorizzi4.2
    T. May1.1
    M. Magill1.1
    T. Rogers0.2
    T. Hildenberger (L, 2-3)0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Clevinger7.05111503.381.2019.5
    B. Hand (H, 6)1.01000202.871.053.0
    C. Allen (W, 4-4) (BS, 3)1.02111214.371.257.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Clevinger7.0
    B. Hand (H, 6)1.0
    C. Allen (W, 4-4) (BS, 3)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - J. Odorizzi (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 101-59, T. May 22-14, M. Magill 14-10, T. Rogers 3-3, T. Hildenberger 18-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 6-9, T. May 1-1, M. Magill 1-3
    • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 21, T. May 5, M. Magill 5, T. Rogers, T. Hildenberger 5
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Allen (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 95-63, B. Hand 18-12, C. Allen 28-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 7-8, C. Allen 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 26, B. Hand 4, C. Allen 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    MIN53-60
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    CLE63-50
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer DH40100022.271.351.360.7110.0
    E. Rosario LF-CF30100101.299.340.501.8412.0
    J. Polanco SS40000014.281.356.372.727-0.5
    M. Sano 3B42211021.217.293.418.7118.0
    M. Kepler RF40000011.234.326.420.746-0.5
    L. Forsythe 2B40210010.229.294.313.6073.5
    L. Morrison 1B40000002.188.279.373.6510.0
    M. Garver C30100101.260.339.406.7452.0
    J. Cave CF20100000.280.311.472.7831.0
    a- J. Field PH-CF10000010.211.250.368.618-0.5
    b- E. Adrianza PH-LF10000012.244.308.376.683-0.5
    Total3428212914-----
    HITTERSAB
    J. Mauer DH4
    E. Rosario LF-CF3
    J. Polanco SS4
    M. Sano 3B4
    M. Kepler RF4
    L. Forsythe 2B4
    L. Morrison 1B4
    M. Garver C3
    J. Cave CF2
    a- J. Field PH-CF1
    b- E. Adrianza PH-LF1
    Total34
    • a-struck out for Cave in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Field in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS52231002.297.376.572.94811.0
    M. Brantley LF40010002.296.347.461.8073.0
    J. Ramirez 3B20100202.298.409.6221.0324.0
    E. Encarnacion DH30010004.232.319.466.7851.0
    Y. Alonso 1B40000022.247.315.446.761-1.0
    M. Cabrera RF30100000.250.286.343.6281.0
    R. Davis PR-CF10000010.247.295.312.607-0.5
    J. Kipnis 2B41100011.220.304.360.6641.5
    Y. Gomes C31100102.245.304.423.7273.0
    B. Guyer CF-RF41200001.212.299.401.7003.0
    Total3358513416-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Sano (13), L. Forsythe (12)
      • HR - M. Sano (8)
      • RBI - M. Sano (31), L. Forsythe (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Polanco 3 (3), M. Sano, M. Garver, E. Adrianza 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (37)
      • HR - F. Lindor (29)
      • SF - E. Encarnacion (5)
      • RBI - F. Lindor 3 (71), M. Brantley (60), E. Encarnacion (81)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor 3 (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Encarnacion 3 (3), Y. Alonso, Y. Gomes, B. Guyer
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - M. Garver
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Brantley (8), J. Ramirez (27)
      • CS - J. Ramirez (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Cave (3), M. Garver (2), T. May
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Odorizzi4.24212004.501.415.0
      T. May1.11000202.451.363.0
      M. Magill1.10001003.731.202.0
      T. Rogers0.20000103.881.170.5
      T. Hildenberger (L, 2-3)0.23330114.501.27-10.5
      Total8.2854341---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Odorizzi4.2
      T. May1.1
      M. Magill1.1
      T. Rogers0.2
      T. Hildenberger (L, 2-3)0.2
      Total8.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger7.05111503.381.2019.5
      B. Hand (H, 6)1.01000202.871.053.0
      C. Allen (W, 4-4) (BS, 3)1.02111214.371.257.0
      Total9.0822291---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger7.0
      B. Hand (H, 6)1.0
      C. Allen (W, 4-4) (BS, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Odorizzi (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Odorizzi 101-59, T. May 22-14, M. Magill 14-10, T. Rogers 3-3, T. Hildenberger 18-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Odorizzi 6-9, T. May 1-1, M. Magill 1-3
      • Batters Faced - J. Odorizzi 21, T. May 5, M. Magill 5, T. Rogers, T. Hildenberger 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Allen (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 95-63, B. Hand 18-12, C. Allen 28-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 7-8, C. Allen 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 26, B. Hand 4, C. Allen 6
      • 9TH INNING
        Lindor homered to right, Kipnis and Guyer scored25
        Sano homered to right center22
      • 5TH INNING
        Brantley grounded out to shortstop, Gomes scored, Lindor to second12
      • 4TH INNING
        Forsythe doubled to left center, Sano scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Encarnacion hit sacrifice fly to center, Lindor scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Cody Allen relieved Brad Hand
        • M. Sano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sano homered to right center
        • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Forsythe singled to left
        • L. Morrison: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Forsythe to second on wild pitch, Ball, Morrison reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Forsythe out at third
        • M. Garver: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garver walked
        • Ehire Adrianza hit for Johnny Field
        • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Taylor Rogers
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis singled to left
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gomes flied out to deep right
        • B. Guyer: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Guyer singled to left, Kipnis to third
        • F. Lindor: Lindor homered to right, Kipnis and Guyer scored
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brad Hand relieved Mike Clevinger
        • Johnny Field hit for Jake Cave
        • J. Field: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Mauer singled to center
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Rosario lined out to third
        • J. Polanco: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Magill Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Encarnacion lined out to center
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Matt Magill
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • R. Davis: Ramirez picked off at second, pitcher to first to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • L. Forsythe: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Forsythe grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Morrison: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison flied out to deep center
        • M. Garver: Ball, Garver grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Magill relieved Trevor May
        • B. Guyer: Guyer fouled out to catcher
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to second
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Sano: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sano struck out swinging
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kepler flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. May Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Alonso struck out looking
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera singled to right
        • Rajai Davis ran for Melky Cabrera
        • J. Kipnis: Pickoff attempt, Davis to second on May throwing error, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gomes grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cave lined out to center
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer flied out to deep left
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Rosario grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gomes singled to right
        • B. Guyer: Foul, Guyer reached on bunt single to pitcher, Gomes to second
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Lindor reached on fielder's choice to second, Gomes to third, Guyer out at second
        • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Brantley grounded out to shortstop, Gomes scored, Lindor to second
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez intentionally walked
        • Trevor May relieved Jake Odorizzi
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion flied out to deep right
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Sano doubled to left
        • M. Kepler: Kepler popped out to shortstop
        • L. Forsythe: Forsythe doubled to left center, Sano scored
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison grounded out to shortstop, Forsythe to third
        • M. Garver: Ball, Garver flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Alonso flied out to left
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera lined out to center
        • J. Kipnis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kipnis popped out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Garver singled to center
        • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Cave singled to right center, Garver to second
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Mauer struck out on foul tip
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garver picked off at second, catcher to shortstop, Rosario singled to center, Cave to second
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Polanco popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lindor grounded out to third
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley lined out to center
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez singled to left center
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ramirez stole second, Ramirez to third on catcher Garver throwing error, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Kepler grounded out to second
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Morrison popped out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Kipnis grounded out to first
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gomes walked
        • B. Guyer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Guyer popped out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mauer struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Polanco grounded out to second, Rosario to second
        • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Odorizzi Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lindor doubled to center
        • M. Brantley: Brantley safe at first on center fielder Cave fielding error, Lindor to third
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ramirez popped out to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Encarnacion hit sacrifice fly to center, Lindor scored
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Brantley stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Alonso flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)