Miller, who returned from the disabled list, allowed two hits in one inning in his return, but did not allow a run. Indians 2, Yankees 1: Cleveland's Francisco Lindor scores a run on a passed ball in the first inning against New York during the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium in New York on Aug.
Numbers game: The Tribe now owns the second-longest winning streak in baseball history. Indians 2, Tigers 0: Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor, left, and center fielder Greg Allen go up for a high-five after beating Detroit at Progressive Field in Cleveland and tying the American League record for longest winning streak. Indians 3, Orioles 2: Cleveland's Roberto Perez, left, is greeted by teammate Francisco Lindor after Perez's solo home run during the sixth inning against Baltimore at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Indians 11, White Sox 2: Cleveland infielders, from left to right, Giovanny Urshela, Lonnie Chisenhall, Francisco Lindor and Erik Gonzalez celebrate their victory against Chicago at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on Sept.
Numbers game: In a lineup with offensive standouts in Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion and Jay Bruce, it was the bottom-third of the lineup in Diaz, Roberto Perez and Giovanny Urshela who combined to go 9-for-13 with four extra-base hits, five runs scored and eight RBI. It was fitting that on the first day of the inaugural Players Weekend, a player with as big of a personality as Lindor shined. Smile" had a pair of hits, including a two-run homer in the fifth inning that gave Cleveland a cushion against Kansas City's Jason Vargas. The left-hander is best known as the guy who helped the Indians' injury-plagued rotation win the pennant-clinching Game 5 of the AL Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Merritt stepped up here as well, shutting out the Royals over 6⅔ innings in his third start of the season.
Overheard: "When we score early and spread it out, it's a good way to play." — Francona The bat: Abraham Almonte.
Numbers game: A home run by Yankees third baseman Chase Headley ended the Indians' string of consecutive scoreless innings at 30, the longest streak in the major leagues this season. He had four hits, including two doubles, and scored the second of two first-inning runs that proved to be enough for Cleveland's pitching staff. Bauer hurled six strong innings, but the the bullpen trio teamed up for three shutout frames with five strikeouts.
He worked six innings, allowing three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.
The shutout was the team's fifth within the streak and 17th for the season.
Overheard: "I always want to be that guy that they can call upon when they need to. Coming off a rough start against the Red Sox, Clevinger possibly saved his spot in the rotation by throwing six shutout innings with a career-high nine strikeouts.
Going up and down, it's better than not coming up, you know? Rookie outfielder Bradley Zimmer broke up a perfect game bid by Kansas City's Jason Hammel with one out in the sixth inning, and one batter later Perez homered to center field to end the shutout. Numbers game: Edwin Encarnacion blasted his 30th home run in the seventh inning to give him 30-plus homers in each of the past six seasons.