Indians top Twins 5-4 on Michael Brantley's single in 9th

CLEVELAND (AP) Michael Brantley knew what was coming after giving the Cleveland Indians their second straight walk-off victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Brantley was mobbed by his teammates as he rounded first base following his ninth-inning single that gave Cleveland a 5-4 win Thursday.

Cleveland's All-Star left fielder did his best to avoid the various items poured over his head.

''It's tough,'' Brantley said. ''You've got some Gatorade. Some (baby) powder. You name it. It's coming at you.''

The latest celebration took place about 18 hours after Francisco Lindor hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday night for a 5-2 victory.

While Thursday's party was a bit more subdued, the Indians persevered after Minnesota rallied from a 4-0 deficit against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber.

Brantley grounded a 2-1 pitch off Addison Reed (1-6) past a diving Miguel Sano at first base to score Greg Allen. Brantley avoided over-analyzing the moment.

''I try to clear my mind,'' he said. ''It's really too hard to think and hit. Just keep it simple and try to get that run the best you can.''

''It's nice to have him up in that situation,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. ''You know the at-bat's not going to get ahead of him or be too big.''

The Indians lead Minnesota by 11 games in the AL Central and are 35-16 against division foes this season. Sano's ninth-inning home run off closer Cody Allen tied Wednesday's game, but the Twins lost on Lindor's blast.

''Walk-offs are obviously not satisfying,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor. ''But this was a little different from last night in that we got behind against a really good pitcher.''

Allen, called up from Triple-A Columbus before the game, started the rally with a single off Reed and stole second with Lindor batting. Lindor's groundout to first moved Allen to third.

Andrew Miller (2-3) struck out a batter in the ninth. The left-hander made his fourth appearance since missing two months because of an inflamed right knee.

Jake Cave's fifth-inning sacrifice fly scored a run for Minnesota. Jorge Polanco hit his first home run of the season - a three-run shot in the sixth - to tie the game.

Polanco missed the first 80 games of the season because of a suspension for violating baseball's drug program.

Kluber appeared to be closing in on his 15th win, which would have tied him for the AL lead with New York's Luis Severino.

Bobby Wilson singled to lead off the sixth. Eddie Rosario hit a towering fly to right with one out. Melky Cabrera drifted to the wall and attempted a leaping catch, but the ball popped out his glove as he fell to the ground and Roasrio was credited with a single.

Polanco followed with his home run to right on a 1-0 pitch. Kluber struck out the next two hitters and stranded a runner in the seventh, but was done for the day after 117 pitches.

''I could care less about if I get a win or the bullpen gets a win,'' Kluber said. ''The bottom line is, we won the game.''

Lindor had three RBIs. Yonder Alonso, who started the game in a 3-for-36 slump, hit a leadoff homer in the second.

Twins starter Jose Berrios allowed four runs and walked a career-high six batters in four innings.

Cleveland outfielder Leyons Martin was placed on the 10-day disabled list. He has an unspecified illness, and Indians President Chris Antonetti said Martin could be out for longer than 10 days.

GET TO TOWN FAST

Allen was waiting out a rain delay in Durham, North Carolina, on Wednesday when he was told he would replace Martin.

''I found out about 7:15-7:20,'' Allen said. ''They told me I had to be on a flight like an hour and a half later. So I had to quickly pack up everything, get to the hotel and pack that stuff up, and get to the airport. It was a pretty quick turn of events.''

KEY MOMENT

Polanco is batting .280 with 13 RBIs in 33 games since being reinstated on July 2. His first home run couldn't have come at a better time.

''It gives me great confidence because Kluber is one of the best pitchers in the league,'' Polanco said. ''I've just been trying to put good contact on the ball since I came back from the suspension.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: OF Robbie Grossman (strained right hamstring), who was placed on the disabled list Aug. 6, will join the team in Detroit to continue his rehab.

Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin (strained right hamstring) threw three scoreless innings on a rehab assignment at Double-A Akron on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Ervin Santana (0-0, 6.14 ERA) makes his fourth start of the season in the series opener at Detroit, facing Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmermann (4-4, 4.31 ERA).

Indians: RHP Shane Bieber (6-2, 4.58 ERA) takes on White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon (3-3, 2.94 ERA) as Cleveland begins a six-game trip.

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  • W: A. Miller (2-3)L: A. Reed (1-6)
  • HR: MIN - J. Polanco (1), CLE - Y. Alonso (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Forsythe 2B40100001.229.293.312.6051.0
E. Rosario DH41100021.298.339.499.8381.0
J. Polanco SS41131021.280.353.392.7456.0
M. Sano 1B40100020.218.292.415.7070.0
M. Kepler RF41100011.234.325.421.7462.5
E. Adrianza 3B40000022.240.303.369.671-1.0
J. Cave CF20010001.276.304.465.7681.0
J. Field LF30100010.213.251.368.6190.5
B. Wilson C31100001.169.222.258.4802.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS50230001.298.376.572.9496.0
    M. Brantley LF40110113.295.347.459.8062.5
    J. Ramirez 3B20000201.296.410.6191.0292.0
    E. Encarnacion DH40000025.229.316.461.777-1.0
    Y. Alonso 1B41111011.247.315.452.7665.5
    M. Cabrera RF31000101.243.285.333.6182.0
    B. Guyer RF00000000.212.299.401.7000.0
    J. Kipnis 2B12000310.220.308.359.6674.5
    R. Perez C30000022.158.247.233.480-1.0
    G. Allen CF41200012.232.264.305.5694.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Kepler (24)
      • HR - J. Polanco
      • SF - J. Cave (2)
      • RBI - J. Polanco 3 (13), J. Cave (21)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Cave, B. Wilson
      BATTING
      • 2B - F. Lindor (38)
      • HR - Y. Alonso (20)
      • SH - R. Perez (4)
      • RBI - F. Lindor 3 (74), M. Brantley (61), Y. Alonso (66)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor 2 (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, E. Encarnacion 4 (4), M. Cabrera, R. Perez
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Polanco (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Allen (7)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Kepler (7)
      • E - M. Sano (8)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Ramirez (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios4.04446513.661.090.5
      G. Moya2.20001104.961.165.5
      T. Rogers1.00000103.801.143.5
      A. Reed (L, 1-6)0.22110104.741.44-7.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios4.0
      G. Moya2.2
      T. Rogers1.0
      A. Reed (L, 1-6)0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kluber7.07440712.740.9213.5
      B. Hand1.00000202.821.034.0
      A. Miller (W, 2-3)1.00000103.441.4210.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kluber7.0
      B. Hand1.0
      A. Miller (W, 2-3)1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Berrios
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 97-54, G. Moya 36-23, T. Rogers 6-6, A. Reed 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 4-3, G. Moya 4-3, A. Reed 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 22, G. Moya 9, T. Rogers 3, A. Reed 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 117-77, B. Hand 12-8, A. Miller 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 6-7, B. Hand 1-0, A. Miller 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, B. Hand 3, A. Miller 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      MIN53-61
      000013000471
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Forsythe 2B40100001.229.293.312.6051.0
      E. Rosario DH41100021.298.339.499.8381.0
      J. Polanco SS41131021.280.353.392.7456.0
      M. Sano 1B40100020.218.292.415.7070.0
      M. Kepler RF41100011.234.325.421.7462.5
      E. Adrianza 3B40000022.240.303.369.671-1.0
      J. Cave CF20010001.276.304.465.7681.0
      J. Field LF30100010.213.251.368.6190.5
      B. Wilson C31100001.169.222.258.4802.0
      Total3247410108-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS50230001.298.376.572.9496.0
        M. Brantley LF40110113.295.347.459.8062.5
        J. Ramirez 3B20000201.296.410.6191.0292.0
        E. Encarnacion DH40000025.229.316.461.777-1.0
        Y. Alonso 1B41111011.247.315.452.7665.5
        M. Cabrera RF31000101.243.285.333.6182.0
        B. Guyer RF00000000.212.299.401.7000.0
        J. Kipnis 2B12000310.220.308.359.6674.5
        R. Perez C30000022.158.247.233.480-1.0
        G. Allen CF41200012.232.264.305.5694.5
        Total3056517816-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Kepler (24)
          • HR - J. Polanco
          • SF - J. Cave (2)
          • RBI - J. Polanco 3 (13), J. Cave (21)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Cave, B. Wilson
          BATTING
          • 2B - F. Lindor (38)
          • HR - Y. Alonso (20)
          • SH - R. Perez (4)
          • RBI - F. Lindor 3 (74), M. Brantley (61), Y. Alonso (66)
          • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor 2 (18)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, E. Encarnacion 4 (4), M. Cabrera, R. Perez
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Polanco (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - G. Allen (7)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - M. Kepler (7)
          • E - M. Sano (8)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Ramirez (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Berrios4.04446513.661.090.5
          G. Moya2.20001104.961.165.5
          T. Rogers1.00000103.801.143.5
          A. Reed (L, 1-6)0.22110104.741.44-7.5
          Total8.1655781---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Berrios4.0
          G. Moya2.2
          T. Rogers1.0
          A. Reed (L, 1-6)0.2
          Total8.1
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Kluber7.07440712.740.9213.5
          B. Hand1.00000202.821.034.0
          A. Miller (W, 2-3)1.00000103.441.4210.5
          Total9.07440101---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Kluber7.0
          B. Hand1.0
          A. Miller (W, 2-3)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - J. Berrios
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 97-54, G. Moya 36-23, T. Rogers 6-6, A. Reed 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 4-3, G. Moya 4-3, A. Reed 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 22, G. Moya 9, T. Rogers 3, A. Reed 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 117-77, B. Hand 12-8, A. Miller 11-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kluber 6-7, B. Hand 1-0, A. Miller 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 27, B. Hand 3, A. Miller 3
          • 9TH INNING
            Brantley singled to shallow right, Allen scored45
          • 6TH INNING
            Polanco homered to right center, Wilson and Rosario scored44
          • 5TH INNING
            Cave hit sacrifice fly to center, Kepler scored14
          • 4TH INNING
            Lindor doubled to deep right, Kipnis scored, Allen to third04
          • 2ND INNING
            Lindor singled to right, Cabrera and Kipnis scored, Lindor to second on 1st baseman Sano throwing error03
            Alonso homered to right center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brandon Guyer in right field
            • Andrew Miller relieved Brad Hand
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sano grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Kepler: Kepler popped out to shortstop
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul tip, Adrianza struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Reed Pitching:
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Allen singled to right
            • F. Lindor: Foul, Ball, Allen stole second, Lindor grounded out to first, Allen to third
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brantley singled to shallow right, Allen scored
          • 8TH INNING
            • Brad Hand relieved Corey Kluber
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Forsythe grounded out to third
            • E. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Rogers Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to deep left
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
            • Addison Reed relieved Taylor Rogers
            • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
            • J. Cave: Cave grounded out to first
            • J. Field: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Field singled to center
            • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Wilson flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • G. Moya Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez lined out to second
            • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion popped out to first
            • Taylor Rogers relieved Gabriel Moya
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso popped out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • B. Wilson: Ball, Ball, Wilson singled to left
            • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Forsythe lined out to right
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario singled to deep right center, Wilson to second
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Polanco homered to right center, Wilson and Rosario scored
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Moya Pitching:
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Allen grounded out to shortstop
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lindor grounded out to second
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Brantley grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kepler doubled to left center
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Foul, Adrianza flied out to left, Kepler to third
            • J. Cave: Foul, Foul, Ball, Cave hit sacrifice fly to center, Kepler scored
            • J. Field: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Gabriel Moya relieved Jose Berrios
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Alonso popped out to first
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • E. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to first
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Sano struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
            • R. Perez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Perez flied out to deep center
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Allen singled to left, Kipnis to second
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor doubled to deep right, Kipnis scored, Allen to third
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
            • J. Ramirez: Ramirez intentionally walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Encarnacion struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • J. Field: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Field flied out to deep right
            • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Wilson grounded out to first
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Forsythe flied out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop, Ramirez to second
            • Y. Alonso: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • M. Sano: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Sano reached on an infield single to shortstop, Sano to second on 3rd baseman Ramirez throwing error
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kepler lined out to center
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Adrianza grounded out to second, Sano to third
            • J. Cave: Strike looking, Ball, Cave grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso homered to right center
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked, Cabrera to second
            • R. Perez: Perez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Cabrera to third, Kipnis to second
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Lindor singled to right, Cabrera and Kipnis scored, Lindor to second on 1st baseman Sano throwing error
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Brantley grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Kluber Pitching:
            • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe singled to shallow center
            • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • J. Polanco: Polanco reached on fielder's choice to second, Forsythe out at second
            • M. Sano: Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco caught stealing, catcher to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Berrios Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lindor lined out to right
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley walked
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez flied out to shallow center
            • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)