Indians move into tie for 2nd wild card, beat Phillies 10-1

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have overcome injuries and setbacks throughout season and remained in the playoff race. The outcome will be decided in the final week.

Cleveland moved into a tie for the second AL wild card with a 10-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night. The Indians matched the Tampa Bay Rays with six games to play. Both teams are 92-64 and two games behind Oakland, which leads the wild-card race.

The Indians, playing their final home game, took advantage of the Athletics and Rays both losing Sunday. Cleveland has an off-day Monday before the final stretch.

''We're kind of at the point of the year where we better win regardless,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ''I'd be lying if I said I was rooting for them to win, but we better win every game we can.''

The Indians are embracing the challenge of what lies ahead, starting Tuesday with three games in Chicago against the White Sox and three in Washington.

Rookie Oscar Mercado broke a 1-all tie in the fifth inning Sunday with a three-run homer. He's batting .324 (25-for-77) with four homers and 16 RBIs in September.

''There's a lot words I can use to describe these games, but each game is going to be the biggest game of the year,'' Mercado said.

Carlos Carrasco made his longest relief appearance since his midseason cancer diagnosis and Yasiel Puig had a three-run double in the seventh when the Indians scored six times.

The Phillies (79-75) are six games out in the NL wild-card chase with eight games left. They open a five-game series at Washington on Monday night. The Nationals and Brewers are tied for the top spot.

Fielding errors by starting pitcher Vince Velasquez (7-8) and shortstop Jean Segura made the three fifth-inning runs unearned.

''In order for us to win big games we have to take the outs that they give us and we didn't play our best defensive game,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''I don't think there is any way you can spin it.''

Carrasco (6-7) relieved starter Adam Plutko with two on in the fifth and got All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to hit into an inning-ending double play. Carrasco, in his ninth appearance since leaving the club in June to treat leukemia, struck out three and allowed one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

''To come in at that point in the game and get that double play,'' Francona said. ''And then to go two-plus. I mean, that was the hope, but that's a big ask. He did a great job.''

Mercado's 14th home run gave Cleveland the lead. Puig's double and a two-run homer by Franmil Reyes put the game away.

The Indians also received good news before their final home game of the season. Third baseman Jose Ramirez is expected to return Tuesday night in Chicago after missing a month with a broken right hand. He was injured Aug. 24 and had surgery two days later for a broken hamate bone.

Cleveland, which is 63-34 since June 4, is still without Corey Kluber, who broke his right arm after being hit with a line drive May 1 and then strained an oblique muscle. Second baseman Jason Kipnis, who broke his right hand last week, will have surgery Tuesday.

Francisco Lindor and Mike Freeman also drove in runs for Cleveland, which has won six of seven.

Realmuto's RBI double put Philadelphia ahead in the third.

The Indians took advantage of sloppy play in the fifth, which paid off with Mercado's drive into the bleachers in left field on an 0-2 pitch.

Segura couldn't come up with a bare-hand grab of leadoff hitter Greg Allen's grounder. Velasquez fielded Roberto Perez's bunt with his bare hand but dropped the ball, putting two runners on.

FINAL CHANCE

Kapler realizes the Phillies have a difficult road to stay in the playoff chase.

''Certainly we are going to have to win every game,'' he said. ''We understand that is a tall task.''

FINAL COUNT

The Indians drew 1,738,642 fans in 79 home dates, an average of 22,008 per game. Cleveland's attendance last season was 1,926,701 in 80 dates.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Juan Nicasio (tendinitis in right rotator cuff) threw batting practice Saturday and could return in the season's final week. He hasn't pitched since Aug. 23.

Indians: LHP Brad Hand played catch before the game. He struck out the side Saturday in his first appearance since Sept. 8 because of a fatigued arm.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (9-12, 4.00 ERA) will start Monday against Washington LHP Patrick Corbin (13-7, 3.10 ERA).

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (12-3, 2.54 ERA) will face LHP Hector Santiago (1-1, 5.65 ERA) when Cleveland plays the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

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  • W: C. Carrasco (6-7)L: V. Velasquez (7-8)
  • HR: CLE - O. Mercado (14), F. Reyes (36)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40000003.282.335.403.7380.0
J. Realmuto C30110002.275.328.493.8203.0
a- A. Knapp PH-C10000010.196.323.268.591-0.5
B. Harper RF20100100.256.373.502.8753.0
b- J. Pirela PH-RF10000000.222.263.444.7080.0
R. Hoskins 1B30000023.232.370.471.840-1.0
c- L. Morrison PH10000000.231.286.500.7860.0
J. Bruce DH30000010.218.263.526.789-0.5
d- D. Grullon PH-DH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Segura SS30000000.281.326.427.7520.0
e- P. Gosselin PH10000010.273.298.327.626-0.5
B. Miller LF30000020.227.306.470.776-1.0
S. Kingery 3B21200100.259.316.481.7976.0
A. Haseley CF30100012.268.332.416.7480.5
  • a-struck out for Realmuto in the 8th
  • b-popped out for Harper in the 8th
  • c-popped out for Hoskins in the 9th
  • d-struck out for Bruce in the 9th
  • e-struck out for Segura in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS51110012.290.343.527.8702.5
O. Mercado CF42131120.281.330.456.7869.0
C. Santana 1B32300000.288.403.529.9327.0
Y. Puig RF31230101.267.327.459.7858.0
M. Freeman 2B40010014.269.366.391.7570.5
F. Reyes DH41121011.243.307.505.8126.5
G. Allen LF40000020.229.288.350.638-1.0
R. Perez C31000010.235.317.447.7640.5
R. Flaherty 3B32100012.118.118.176.2943.5
a- Y. Chang PH-3B10000000.188.278.297.5750.0
  • a-grounded out for Flaherty in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Realmuto (36), B. Harper (34), S. Kingery 2 (33)
  • RBI - J. Realmuto (83)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Realmuto (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Hoskins 2 (69), A. Haseley (15)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Santana (30), Y. Puig (28), R. Flaherty
  • HR - O. Mercado (14), F. Reyes (36)
  • SH - R. Perez (7)
  • RBI - F. Lindor (72), O. Mercado 3 (51), Y. Puig 3 (84), M. Freeman (23), F. Reyes 2 (79)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Mercado 3 (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Puig, M. Freeman (17), F. Reyes
FIELDING
  • E - B. Harper (5), J. Segura (20), V. Velasquez (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Lindor-Freeman-Santana)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
V. Velasquez (L, 7-8)4.25410614.761.384.0
N. Vincent1.10001004.291.312.0
M. Morin0.02441004.691.13-7.0
C. Irvin0.11110106.571.51-1.5
E. Ramos0.21110115.521.64-1.5
A. Davis1.00000106.751.753.5
PITCHERSIP
V. Velasquez (L, 7-8)4.2
N. Vincent1.1
M. Morin0.0
C. Irvin0.1
E. Ramos0.2
A. Davis1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Plutko4.14112304.251.226.5
C. Carrasco (W, 6-7)2.21000305.101.3013.5
O. Perez0.20000103.571.190.5
N. Goody1.10000202.701.204.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Plutko4.1
C. Carrasco (W, 6-7)2.2
O. Perez0.2
N. Goody1.1
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Morin (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 81-58, N. Vincent 13-5, M. Morin 10-4, C. Irvin 12-10, E. Ramos 11-6, A. Davis 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 7-3, N. Vincent 3-1, E. Ramos 1-0, A. Davis 2-0
  • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 21, N. Vincent 5, M. Morin 4, C. Irvin 2, E. Ramos 3, A. Davis 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Plutko
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 78-43, C. Carrasco 30-22, O. Perez 7-4, N. Goody 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 4-6, C. Carrasco 2-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 19, C. Carrasco 8, O. Perez 2, N. Goody 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40000003.282.335.403.7380.0
J. Realmuto C30110002.275.328.493.8203.0
a- A. Knapp PH-C10000010.196.323.268.591-0.5
B. Harper RF20100100.256.373.502.8753.0
b- J. Pirela PH-RF10000000.222.263.444.7080.0
R. Hoskins 1B30000023.232.370.471.840-1.0
c- L. Morrison PH10000000.231.286.500.7860.0
J. Bruce DH30000010.218.263.526.789-0.5
d- D. Grullon PH-DH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Segura SS30000000.281.326.427.7520.0
e- P. Gosselin PH10000010.273.298.327.626-0.5
B. Miller LF30000020.227.306.470.776-1.0
S. Kingery 3B21200100.259.316.481.7976.0
A. Haseley CF30100012.268.332.416.7480.5
Total3115102910-----
HITTERSAB
C. Hernandez 2B4
J. Realmuto C3
a- A. Knapp PH-C1
B. Harper RF2
b- J. Pirela PH-RF1
R. Hoskins 1B3
c- L. Morrison PH1
J. Bruce DH3
d- D. Grullon PH-DH1
J. Segura SS3
e- P. Gosselin PH1
B. Miller LF3
S. Kingery 3B2
A. Haseley CF3
Total31
  • a-struck out for Realmuto in the 8th
  • b-popped out for Harper in the 8th
  • c-popped out for Hoskins in the 9th
  • d-struck out for Bruce in the 9th
  • e-struck out for Segura in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS51110012.290.343.527.8702.5
O. Mercado CF42131120.281.330.456.7869.0
C. Santana 1B32300000.288.403.529.9327.0
Y. Puig RF31230101.267.327.459.7858.0
M. Freeman 2B40010014.269.366.391.7570.5
F. Reyes DH41121011.243.307.505.8126.5
G. Allen LF40000020.229.288.350.638-1.0
R. Perez C31000010.235.317.447.7640.5
R. Flaherty 3B32100012.118.118.176.2943.5
a- Y. Chang PH-3B10000000.188.278.297.5750.0
Total341091022910-----
HITTERSAB
F. Lindor SS5
O. Mercado CF4
C. Santana 1B3
Y. Puig RF3
M. Freeman 2B4
F. Reyes DH4
G. Allen LF4
R. Perez C3
R. Flaherty 3B3
a- Y. Chang PH-3B1
Total34
  • a-grounded out for Flaherty in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Realmuto (36), B. Harper (34), S. Kingery 2 (33)
  • RBI - J. Realmuto (83)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Realmuto (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Hoskins 2 (69), A. Haseley (15)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Santana (30), Y. Puig (28), R. Flaherty
  • HR - O. Mercado (14), F. Reyes (36)
  • SH - R. Perez (7)
  • RBI - F. Lindor (72), O. Mercado 3 (51), Y. Puig 3 (84), M. Freeman (23), F. Reyes 2 (79)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Mercado 3 (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Puig, M. Freeman (17), F. Reyes
FIELDING
  • E - B. Harper (5), J. Segura (20), V. Velasquez (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Lindor-Freeman-Santana)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
V. Velasquez (L, 7-8)4.25410614.761.384.0
N. Vincent1.10001004.291.312.0
M. Morin0.02441004.691.13-7.0
C. Irvin0.11110106.571.51-1.5
E. Ramos0.21110115.521.64-1.5
A. Davis1.00000106.751.753.5
Total8.09107292---
PITCHERSIP
V. Velasquez (L, 7-8)4.2
N. Vincent1.1
M. Morin0.0
C. Irvin0.1
E. Ramos0.2
A. Davis1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Plutko4.14112304.251.226.5
C. Carrasco (W, 6-7)2.21000305.101.3013.5
O. Perez0.20000103.571.190.5
N. Goody1.10000202.701.204.0
Total9.0511290---
PITCHERSIP
A. Plutko4.1
C. Carrasco (W, 6-7)2.2
O. Perez0.2
N. Goody1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - M. Morin (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 81-58, N. Vincent 13-5, M. Morin 10-4, C. Irvin 12-10, E. Ramos 11-6, A. Davis 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 7-3, N. Vincent 3-1, E. Ramos 1-0, A. Davis 2-0
  • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 21, N. Vincent 5, M. Morin 4, C. Irvin 2, E. Ramos 3, A. Davis 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Plutko
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Plutko 78-43, C. Carrasco 30-22, O. Perez 7-4, N. Goody 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Plutko 4-6, C. Carrasco 2-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Plutko 19, C. Carrasco 8, O. Perez 2, N. Goody 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Reyes homered to right, Puig scored110
    Puig doubled to deep right center, Lindor, Mercado and Santana scored18
    Lindor singled to deep right, Flaherty scored, Lindor to second on right fielder Harper fielding error15
  • 5TH INNING
    Mercado homered to left, Perez and Flaherty scored14
  • 4TH INNING
    Freeman reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Santana scored, Puig out at second11
  • 3RD INNING
    Realmuto doubled to left center, Kingery scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Logan Morrison hit for Rhys Hoskins
    • L. Morrison: Foul, Morrison popped out to third
    • Deivi Grullon hit for Jay Bruce
    • D. Grullon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grullon struck out swinging
    • Phil Gosselin hit for Jean Segura
    • P. Gosselin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gosselin struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Oliver Perez relieved Carlos Carrasco
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez lined out to right
    • Andrew Knapp hit for J.T. Realmuto
    • A. Knapp: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
    • Jose Pirela hit for Bryce Harper
    • Nick Goody relieved Oliver Perez
    • J. Pirela: Pirela popped out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Austin Davis relieved Edubray Ramos
    • Yu Chang hit for Ryan Flaherty
    • Y. Chang: Strike looking, Chang grounded out to third
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to second
    • O. Mercado: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mercado struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Foul, Strike swinging, Segura grounded out to third
    • B. Miller: Miller popped bunt out to third
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Kingery doubled to deep right
    • A. Haseley: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Haseley struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Mike Morin relieved Nick Vincent
    • R. Flaherty: Flaherty doubled to left center
    • F. Lindor: Lindor singled to deep right, Flaherty scored, Lindor to second on right fielder Harper fielding error
    • O. Mercado: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mercado walked
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Santana hit by pitch, Lindor to third, Mercado to second
    • Cole Irvin relieved Mike Morin
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Puig doubled to deep right center, Lindor, Mercado and Santana scored
    • M. Freeman: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • Edubray Ramos relieved Cole Irvin
    • F. Reyes: Reyes homered to right, Puig scored
    • G. Allen: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Allen struck out swinging
    • R. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (6 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Carrasco Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Foul, Harper flied out to deep left
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Vincent Pitching:
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Reyes grounded out to third
    • G. Allen: Allen popped out to shortstop
    • R. Perez: Ball, Perez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Plutko Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Foul, Ball, Kingery doubled to deep right center
    • A. Haseley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Haseley singled to shallow left, Kingery to third
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez popped out to third
    • Carlos Carrasco relieved Adam Plutko
    • J. Realmuto: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Realmuto grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Haseley out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • G. Allen: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Allen safe at first on shortstop Segura fielding error
    • R. Perez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Perez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Allen to second on Velasquez fielding error
    • R. Flaherty: Strike looking, Flaherty reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Allen out at third, Perez to second
    • F. Lindor: Lindor grounded out to first, Perez to third, Flaherty to second
    • O. Mercado: Foul, Foul, Mercado homered to left, Perez and Flaherty scored
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana doubled to deep right center
    • Nick Vincent relieved Vince Velasquez
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Puig walked
    • M. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Freeman grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Plutko Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bruce flied out to center
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Segura lined out to right
    • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • O. Mercado: Ball, Mercado grounded out to second
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Santana singled to shallow center
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Puig singled to deep right center, Santana to third
    • M. Freeman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Freeman reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Santana scored, Puig out at second
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Plutko Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kingery walked
    • A. Haseley: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Haseley grounded out to second, Kingery to second
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hernandez flied out to deep center, Kingery to third
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Realmuto doubled to left center, Kingery scored
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper intentionally walked
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Hoskins reached on fielder's choice to third, Harper out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Flaherty struck out looking
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Lindor lined out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Plutko Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Bruce flied out to center
    • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Segura popped out to first
    • B. Miller: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • M. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freeman flied out to left
    • F. Reyes: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes flied out to right
    • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Allen struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Plutko Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez grounded out to first
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Realmuto popped out to first
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Harper doubled to deep right
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • V. Velasquez Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
    • O. Mercado: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercado struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Santana singled to left center
    • Y. Puig: Puig grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)