Indians beat Blue Jays again to take 2-0 series lead

Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:09am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Francisco Lindor drove in what became the winning run in the third inning, and reliever Andrew Miller put on an overpowering display of pitching late in the contest as the Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 in Game Two of the American League Championship Series in Cleveland on Saturday.

Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter as Cleveland took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The scene now shifts to Toronto for Game Three on Monday night.

Miller pitched the seventh and eighth innings and struck out five of the six batters he faced. He also pitched in the Indians win in Game One on Friday. In those two appearances Miller pitched 3 2/3 hitless innings, striking out 10 with no walks.

The tall left-hander came in to start the seventh inning and struck out three men in a row. He retired the side in order in the eighth inning, with two more strikeouts.

Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin pitched 5 2/3 innings to get the win. Tomlin allowed one run on three hits, with six strikeouts and two walks. Cody Allen pitched the ninth to pick up the save.

The three Cleveland relievers combined to retire all 10 batters they faced.

Toronto starter J.A. Happ, a 20-game winner during the regular season, pitched five innings and gave up both Cleveland runs.

Tomlin pitched five-plus solid innings in the Indians' AL Division Series-clinching game in Boston on Oct. 10, and he was just as effective in this game.

The Indians gave him an early 1-0 lead when Carlos Santana led off the second inning by hitting a line drive that just made it over the 17-foot left field wall for a home run.   Continued...

Oct 15, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (left) high fives center fielder Rajai Davis (right) after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays in  game two of the 2016 ALCS playoff baseball series at Progressive Field. Cleveland won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports