Indians beat Phillies 5-2, remain tied for 2nd AL wild card

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians are thriving under the pressure of playoff-race baseball.

Philadelphia? Not so much.

Carlos Carrasco got his first save in five years, and Cleveland beat the Phillies 5-2 Friday night to remain tied with Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card at 91-63.

Cleveland trails AL Central-leading Minnesota by four games.

''It's what we come to the ballpark to do and what we play for,'' All-Star MVP Shane Bieber said. ''It's a special time of the year. I know I'm one of the guys to be truly extremely excited about the position we're in.''

Bieber (15-7) allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. Rookie Oscar Mercado drove in a first-inning run with a double and added an RBI single in the seventh.

''You're so many games in, guys tend to feel a little tired, but you go out there and every game is important,'' he said. ''That adrenaline kicks in. It's awesome to be a part of this especially in my first year.''

Cleveland's fifth straight win eliminated the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox from postseason contention and dropped Philadelphia five games behind Milwaukee for the second NL wild card with 10 games left. The Phillies lost for the fourth time in six games.

''Got to win. Period,'' Jay Bruce said. ''Can't worry about anything else. You listen, you read and concern yourself too much about it, it doesn't do you any good. So we have to win and see what happens. There are no promises, but we know we can't get where we want to go if we don't win.''

Carrasco retired Bruce with two on to end the eighth and pitched a perfect ninth for his second big league save, his first since June 16, 2014 against the Los Angeles Angels. Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia in June and made his eighth appearance with the Indians since returning Sept. 1.

''In the eighth inning he threw some really good pitches that he didn't get,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''He didn't give in. He went out in the ninth and was really efficient. If you can get a multi-inning reliever with that kind of stuff, that's a big lift for us.''

Yasiel Puig, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana also drove in runs.

Drew Smyly (4-7) allowed four runs, five hits and three walks in two-plus innings. The left-hander gave up five hits, walked three and was pulled following a leadoff walk to Puig in the third.

Makiel Franco hit a two-run double in the fifth.

Puig fouled a ball off his lower left leg in the sixth. He went to the ground but remained in the game after talking with Francona and a team athletic trainer.

TAKE A BREAK

Phillies C J.T. Realmuto was given the day off by manager Gabe Kapler.

''He has worked incredibly hard and it is a grind mentally and physically and after doing a lot of homework on it my decision was to give him an entire day off,'' Kapler said.

HE'S READY

Francona didn't use Brad Hand, but the All-Star closer was available. Hand hasn't pitched since Sept. 8 because of a tired arm.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: SS Jean Segura (sore left ankle) was scratched from the lineup about an hour before game time. He was removed from Thursday's game in Atlanta after beating out an infield hit in the sixth inning.

Indians: Francona said he was stunned how well 3B Jose Ramirez looked Thursday in his first batting practice session since breaking his right hand last month. Ramirez, who had surgery Aug. 26, will take BP again Saturday. It's unclear if he will return before the regular season ends.

UP NEXT

Phillies: LHP Jason Vargas (9-5, 4.24 ERA) has pitched three innings in each of his last two starts, allowing nine runs - six earned - with nine strikeouts.

Indians: Rookie RHP Zach Plesac (8-6, 3.64 ERA) is coming off his first big league shutout, against the Los Angeles Angels.

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  • W: S. Bieber (15-7)L: D. Smyly (4-7)S: C. Carrasco (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Hernandez 2B40100012.285.338.408.7460.5
B. Harper RF40100022.255.372.495.8670.0
R. Hoskins 1B30000112.235.374.478.8520.5
J. Bruce DH40000003.219.265.525.7900.0
B. Miller LF41100010.224.307.432.7392.5
S. Kingery SS40100001.257.314.478.7931.0
A. Haseley CF41100001.262.328.410.7382.0
M. Franco 3B30120011.234.297.411.7083.5
A. Knapp C30100011.198.326.270.5961.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    F. Lindor SS21110200.293.345.533.8785.0
    O. Mercado CF42220001.281.330.445.7759.0
    C. Santana 1B40210002.284.399.525.9253.0
    Y. Puig RF30110100.267.326.459.7853.0
    J. Luplow LF40000013.274.362.535.897-0.5
    F. Reyes DH30000112.243.308.503.8110.5
    R. Perez C40000013.237.319.451.770-0.5
    Y. Chang 3B31100010.200.294.317.6112.5
    A. Velazquez 2B21000111.056.105.111.2163.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Miller (6), M. Franco (17), A. Knapp (5)
      • RBI - M. Franco 2 (54)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Hernandez (62), J. Bruce (35), M. Franco
      BATTING
      • 2B - O. Mercado (25), Y. Chang (2)
      • RBI - F. Lindor (71), O. Mercado 2 (46), C. Santana (92), Y. Puig (81)
      • 2-Out RBI - O. Mercado (18), C. Santana (27)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Santana (52), R. Perez (29)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - O. Mercado (15), A. Velazquez
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Miller (2)
      • DP - (Kingery-Hernandez-Hoskins)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Velazquez-Santana)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Smyly (L, 4-7)2.05443006.441.64-11.0
      N. Vincent2.00000304.431.337.5
      B. Parker1.10000004.401.243.0
      J. Hughes1.12111104.231.23-0.5
      M. Morin0.10000003.941.060.0
      R. Suarez1.00001103.271.322.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Smyly (L, 4-7)2.0
      N. Vincent2.0
      B. Parker1.1
      J. Hughes1.1
      M. Morin0.1
      R. Suarez1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber (W, 15-7)7.17220703.231.0325.5
      O. Perez (H, 22)0.10000003.401.180.0
      C. Carrasco (S, 1)1.10001005.281.339.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber (W, 15-7)7.1
      O. Perez (H, 22)0.1
      C. Carrasco (S, 1)1.1
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Hughes
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Smyly 52-25, N. Vincent 24-16, B. Parker 16-9, J. Hughes 26-15, M. Morin 1-1, R. Suarez 19-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Smyly 4-1, N. Vincent 2-0, B. Parker 3-1, J. Hughes 2-1, M. Morin 1-0, R. Suarez 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Smyly 13, N. Vincent 5, B. Parker 4, J. Hughes 7, M. Morin, R. Suarez 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 101-67, O. Perez 3-3, C. Carrasco 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 8-6, O. Perez 1-0, C. Carrasco 2-2
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 28, O. Perez, C. Carrasco 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      C. Hernandez 2B40100012.285.338.408.7460.5
      B. Harper RF40100022.255.372.495.8670.0
      R. Hoskins 1B30000112.235.374.478.8520.5
      J. Bruce DH40000003.219.265.525.7900.0
      B. Miller LF41100010.224.307.432.7392.5
      S. Kingery SS40100001.257.314.478.7931.0
      A. Haseley CF41100001.262.328.410.7382.0
      M. Franco 3B30120011.234.297.411.7083.5
      A. Knapp C30100011.198.326.270.5961.5
      Total3327201713-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        F. Lindor SS21110200.293.345.533.8785.0
        O. Mercado CF42220001.281.330.445.7759.0
        C. Santana 1B40210002.284.399.525.9253.0
        Y. Puig RF30110100.267.326.459.7853.0
        J. Luplow LF40000013.274.362.535.897-0.5
        F. Reyes DH30000112.243.308.503.8110.5
        R. Perez C40000013.237.319.451.770-0.5
        Y. Chang 3B31100010.200.294.317.6112.5
        A. Velazquez 2B21000111.056.105.111.2163.5
        Total2957505512-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Miller (6), M. Franco (17), A. Knapp (5)
          • RBI - M. Franco 2 (54)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Hernandez (62), J. Bruce (35), M. Franco
          BATTING
          • 2B - O. Mercado (25), Y. Chang (2)
          • RBI - F. Lindor (71), O. Mercado 2 (46), C. Santana (92), Y. Puig (81)
          • 2-Out RBI - O. Mercado (18), C. Santana (27)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Santana (52), R. Perez (29)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - O. Mercado (15), A. Velazquez
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - B. Miller (2)
          • DP - (Kingery-Hernandez-Hoskins)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Velazquez-Santana)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Smyly (L, 4-7)2.05443006.441.64-11.0
          N. Vincent2.00000304.431.337.5
          B. Parker1.10000004.401.243.0
          J. Hughes1.12111104.231.23-0.5
          M. Morin0.10000003.941.060.0
          R. Suarez1.00001103.271.322.5
          Total8.0755550---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Smyly (L, 4-7)2.0
          N. Vincent2.0
          B. Parker1.1
          J. Hughes1.1
          M. Morin0.1
          R. Suarez1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Bieber (W, 15-7)7.17220703.231.0325.5
          O. Perez (H, 22)0.10000003.401.180.0
          C. Carrasco (S, 1)1.10001005.281.339.0
          Total9.0722170---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Bieber (W, 15-7)7.1
          O. Perez (H, 22)0.1
          C. Carrasco (S, 1)1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - J. Hughes
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Smyly 52-25, N. Vincent 24-16, B. Parker 16-9, J. Hughes 26-15, M. Morin 1-1, R. Suarez 19-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Smyly 4-1, N. Vincent 2-0, B. Parker 3-1, J. Hughes 2-1, M. Morin 1-0, R. Suarez 2-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Smyly 13, N. Vincent 5, B. Parker 4, J. Hughes 7, M. Morin, R. Suarez 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 101-67, O. Perez 3-3, C. Carrasco 17-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 8-6, O. Perez 1-0, C. Carrasco 2-2
          • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 28, O. Perez, C. Carrasco 5
          • 7TH INNING
            Mercado singled to left, Chang scored, Lindor to second25
          • 5TH INNING
            Franco doubled to left center, Miller and Haseley scored24
          • 2ND INNING
            Santana singled to left, Mercado scored, Santana out at second04
            Lindor singled to right center, Velazquez scored03
          • 1ST INNING
            Puig singled to left, Mercado scored, Santana to second02
            Mercado doubled to deep left, Lindor scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Carrasco Pitching:
            • B. Miller: Miller flied out to left
            • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kingery popped out to second
            • A. Haseley: Foul, Haseley grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • A. Knapp: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Knapp doubled to deep left
            • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
            • Oliver Perez relieved Shane Bieber
            • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Foul, Harper grounded out to third, Knapp to third
            • Carlos Carrasco relieved Oliver Perez
            • R. Hoskins: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins walked
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Ranger Suarez relieved Mike Morin
            • Y. Puig: Puig grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Luplow struck out looking
            • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
            • R. Perez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Perez grounded out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • B. Miller: Miller popped out to shortstop
            • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kingery singled to center
            • A. Haseley: Ball, Haseley flied out to center
            • M. Franco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hughes Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
            • Y. Chang: Ball, Ball, Chang doubled to deep center
            • A. Velazquez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Velazquez grounded out to second, Chang to third
            • F. Lindor: Lindor intentionally walked
            • O. Mercado: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mercado singled to left, Chang scored, Lindor to second
            • Mike Morin relieved Jared Hughes
            • C. Santana: Santana grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • B. Harper: Harper singled to right center
            • R. Hoskins: Hoskins grounded into double play second to first, Harper out at second
            • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bruce grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Parker Pitching:
            • Y. Puig: Foul, Ball, Puig grounded out to third
            • Jared Hughes relieved Blake Parker
            • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike swinging, Luplow popped out to shortstop
            • F. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Miller doubled to deep left
            • S. Kingery: Kingery lined out to second
            • A. Haseley: Strike looking, Haseley singled to left, Miller to third
            • M. Franco: Ball, Franco doubled to left center, Miller and Haseley scored
            • A. Knapp: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
            • C. Hernandez: Hernandez popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Blake Parker relieved Nick Vincent
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor lined out to center
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mercado grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Santana: Foul, Santana grounded out to catcher
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez singled to center
            • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
            • R. Hoskins: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Hoskins struck out on foul tip
            • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bruce flied out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Vincent Pitching:
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • Y. Chang: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Chang struck out swinging
            • A. Velazquez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Velazquez struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • A. Haseley: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Haseley grounded out to first
            • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Franco grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Knapp: Strike looking, Knapp grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Smyly Pitching:
            • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Puig walked
            • Nick Vincent relieved Drew Smyly
            • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Luplow grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Puig out at second
            • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Reyes grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Bruce grounded out to second
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
            • S. Kingery: Ball, Kingery flied out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Smyly Pitching:
            • Y. Chang: Ball, Strike looking, Chang grounded out to third
            • A. Velazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Velazquez walked
            • F. Lindor: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Velazquez stole second, Lindor singled to right center, Velazquez scored
            • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Mercado reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Lindor out at second
            • C. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Mercado stole second, Ball, Ball, Santana singled to left, Mercado scored, Santana out at second
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • C. Hernandez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
            • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hoskins grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Smyly Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lindor walked
            • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercado doubled to deep left, Lindor scored
            • C. Santana: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Santana singled to left, Mercado to third
            • Y. Puig: Foul, Ball, Puig singled to left, Mercado scored, Santana to second
            • J. Luplow: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Luplow flied out to center
            • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reyes reached on fielder's choice to third, Santana to third, Puig out at second
            • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)