Day After Clinching Playoff Berth, Twins Fall in Cleveland

Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor tags out Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco at second base to complete a double play in the sixth inning in a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Cleveland. Photo: (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor tags out Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco at second base to complete a double play in the sixth inning in a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Cleveland.

September 28, 2017 02:07 PM

Carlos Carrasco struck out 14, Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez hit two-run homers and the Cleveland Indians notched their 100th win, 5-2 over the understandably sluggish Twins. Minnesota clinched a wild-card berth hours earlier Thursday.
    
Carrasco (18-6) dominated a Minnesota lineup loaded with reserves and September call-ups. He allowed six hits - all singles - in 8 1-3 innings and improved to 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA against the Twins. The right-hander also moved into a tie for the league lead in wins with teammate Corey Kluber and Kansas City's Jason Vargas.
    
Kipnis, who has moved from second base to center field,  connected for a two-run homer - his first since Aug. 18 - in the sixth inning off Trevor Hildenberger (3-3) as the Indians jumped to 31-4 since Aug. 24.
    
This is just the third time Cleveland has won 100 games in a season. The last team to do it was Cleveland's powerful 1995 squad, which lost to Atlanta in the World Series.

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