The Indians are doing their part to try and host the first two games of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox – but need some assistance from the Toronto Blue Jays in order to make it happen.
Saturday in Kansas City the Tribe for the second straight day took care of business against the Royals with a 6-3 win.
Now at 93-67, they at least for awhile are tied with Boston in a fight for homefield for the playoff series that starts Thursday.
Boston, who beat the Jays Friday, have two more games vs Toronto. The Indians have another game vs KC, and if needed will play a makeup game Monday in Detroit for Thursday’s rain out.
Trevor Bauer, who may be the game one starter against Boston, went six innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits with two walks and 9 strikeouts.
The Indians won game as the pushed across three in the 8th to secure the win. 5)3 first run came on a Abraham Almonte ground out that was booted at second and allowed Rajai Davis to score.
Francisco Lindor put the game away with a double that scored Almonte and Michael Martinez to make it a 6-3 game.
Mike Clevinger, who was moved to the bullpen after Tuesday’s game, earned the win in relief, and Cody Allen earned his 31st save.
The Indians built a 3-1 lead before the Royals rallied to score two in the 6th o tie the game before the Indians won it
In the 8th.
The two teams wrap up the three-game set Sunday in KC, with the Indians looking to a sweep and then more scoreboard watching hoping for a Red Sox loss.