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K-HEART SPORTS - THURSDAY - 08/09/18 - MORNING EDITION

Francisco Lindor connected for a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians again moved 10 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central with a 5-2 win over the Twins....

     CLEVELAND (AP) - Francisco Lindor connected for a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians again moved 10 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central with a 5-2 win over the Twins on Wednesday night.
 
     Lindor, who struck out with the winning run at second base in the ninth in a loss on Tuesday, drove the first pitch from Trevor Hildenberger (2-3) over the wall in right to trigger a wild celebration.
 
     Jason Kipnis singled with one out in the ninth before Twins right fielder Max Kepler robbed Yan Gomes of extra bases with a leaping catch before crashing into the wall. Brandon Guyer followed with a single to bring up Lindor, who capped a wild ninth inning with his 29th homer.
 
     The All-Star shortstop skipped around the bases before being mobbed at home plate by his teammates.
 
     Down 2-1, Minnesota tied it in the ninth on Miguel Sano's leadoff homer against Cody Allen (4-4), who wound up with a blown save and win.
 
     Cleveland's dependable closer - and career saves leader - not only let the lead go, but he cost Indians starter Mike Clevinger his first win since July 1. The right-hander limited the Twins to one run and five hits over seven strong innings, retiring the final 11 batters he faced before turning things over to the Indians' rejuvenated bullpen.
 
     However, Allen's 2-1 knuckle curve didn't fool Sano, as Minnesota's cleanup hitter pounded his eighth homer over the wall. It was the ninth homer allowed by Allen in 47 1-3 innings - a concerning statistic for the Indians as the push toward the playoffs.
 
     Minnesota committed three errors in the first six innings.
 
     The Indians didn't do much against Twins starter Jake Odorizzi, but they managed to scratch out a run in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead.
 
     Gomes and Guyer opened with singles, and following a force out that put runners at the corners, Michael Brantley hit a slow grounder to short to give Clevinger a thin cushion.
 
     Clevinger escaped trouble in the third, helped by catcher Gomes picking Mitch Garver off second from his knees. But the right-hander wasn't as fortunate in the fourth when the Twins tied it 1-1 on Logan Forsythe's RBI double.
 
     Twins center fielder Jake Cave helped the Indians take a 1-0 lead in the first with a pair of miscues - one mental, one physical.
 
     Lindor led off with a shot that Cave broke in on before realizing the ball was hit harder and it sailed over his head for a double. Brantley followed with a sinking linger that Cave charged but dropped for an error. One out later, Lindor scored on Edwin Encarnacion's fly to Cave, whose throw to the plate was way offline.
 
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     Indians ace Corey Kluber starts the finale of the four-game series against Twins RHP Jose Berrios. Kluber pitched a three-hitter and his seventh career complete-game shutout in his previous start on Aug. 3 against the Los Angeles Angels.
 
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     UNDATED (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have shaved another game off the Philadelphia Phillies' lead in the NL East.
 
     Charlie Culberson belted a three-run homer and Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY'-vihch) worked into the sixth inning of the Braves' eighth victory in 10 games, an 8-3 dismantling of the Nationals in Washington. Tyler Flowers and Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON'-yuh) Jr. added two-run blasts in the fourth off Tommy Milone, who was torched for seven runs over six innings.
 
     Foltynewicz allowed one earned run and six hits over 5 2/3s to move to 9-7.
 
     Flowers had three hits as the Braves climbed within a half-game of the first-place Phillies.
 
     Bryce Harper homered for the Nats, who still trail the NL East by six games.
 
     The Phillies dropped the rubber match of their three-game set in Phoenix as Patrick Corbin struck out nine while allowing four hits over 7 1/3 innings of the Diamondbacks' 6-0 shutout. David Peralta went 4-for-5 and opened the scoring with a two-run triple in the third. Eduardo Escobar had three RBIs, including a two-run double in the seventh.
 
     Phillies starter Vince Velasquez was reached for four runs and six hits in just four innings of work.
 
     The Diamondbacks took over first place in the NL West by a half-game when the Dodgers absorbed a 3-2 loss to the Athletics. Los Angeles erased a 2-0 deficit before Khris Davis hit into a run-scoring fielder's choice in the eighth inning. Mike Fiers was sharp in his Oakland debut, allowing one run and four hits over 5 1/3 innings to help the A's pull within five games of the AL West-leading Astros.
 
     Checking out Wednesday's other major league action:
 
     - Milwaukee's 8-4 win over San Diego gets the Brewers within 1  1/2 games of the NL Central-leading Cubs. Jesus Aguilar (AG'-ee-lahr), Travis Shaw and Eric Thames (thaymz) hit consecutive first-inning homers to ruin Brett Kennedy's big league debut. Orlando Arcia and Christian Yelich (YEH'-lihch) also homered to back Jhoulys Chacin (joo-LEES' shah-SEEN'), who gave up three runs over six innings to move to 11-4.
 
     - The Royals crushed the Cubs, 9-0 as Heath Fillmyer allowed three singles over seven innings for his first major league win. Anthony Rizzo drilled Fillmyer with a line drive on the left foot on his third pitch, but Fillmyer stuck around and didn't allow another hit until David Bote and Tommy La Stella singled with one out in the seventh inning. Adalberto Mondesi and Drew Butera drove in three runs apiece in the rout.
 
     - The Red Sox earned their sixth win in a row as Xander Bogaerts (BOH'-gahrts) drove in three runs to lead a 10-5 romp over the Blue Jays. Rafael Devers (DEH'-vurz) and Mitch Moreland each had two RBIs, and J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with a run-scoring double. Devers smacked a two-run homer in his return from the disabled list to help Boston maintain its nine-game lead in the AL East.
 
     - Luis Severino picked up his first win since July 7 and Giancarlo Stanton hit his first grand slam in four years as the Yankees knocked off the White Sox, 7-3 to complete a three-game sweep. Severino spotted Chicago a 2-0 lead before improving to 15-5. Aaron Hicks also homered for the Yanks, who bounced back nicely in Chicago after being swept in a four-game series at Boston.
 
     - The Indians' lead in the AL Central is back to 10 games over Minnesota after Francisco Lindor's (lihn-DOHRZ') three-run, walk-off homer in the ninth pushed Cleveland past the Twins, 5-2. Lindor's 29th home run of the season came a half-inning after Miguel Sano (sah-NOH') belted a game-tying blast. Mike Clevenger received a no-decision after holding the Twins to one run and five hits over seven innings.
 
     - Chris Archer picked up his first victory in two starts since joining the Pirates, allowing two runs and five hits over five innings of a 4-3 victory at Colorado. Archer blanked the Rockies until David Dahl hit a two-run homer in the fourth. Corey Dickerson and Colin Moran each had two hits and an RBI as the Pirates pushed the Rockies three games off the NL West lead, pending the outcome of the Dodgers-A's contest.
 
     - Matt Carpenter slammed his NL-leading 31st home run and Yadier (YAH'-dee-ehr) Molina added a solo shot and three RBIs to send the Cardinals to a 7-1 win at Miami. Carpenter's blast broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning of the Redbirds' third straight win. John Gant gave up a run and two hits over six innings before the St. Louis bullpen finished a three-hitter.
 
     - The Mariners' free-fall has continued with their seventh loss in nine games as Marco Gonzales was torched for career highs of seven runs and 12 hits in an 11-7 setback at Texas. Joey Gallo homered twice and drove in four runs to support Yovani Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee gy-AHR'-doh), who allowed three hits and two runs over six innings to win his fourth straight start. Mike Zunino hit two homers for the Mariners, who scored four times in the seventh to get within 7-6.
 
     - The Angels were 6-0 winners over Detroit behind Jaime Barria, who allowed five hits over 5 2/3 innings. Kole Calhoun's solo shot in the first put Los Angeles ahead before Justin Upton and Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) added round-trippers. Pujols has 632 home runs, 28 behind Willie Mays for fifth on the all-time list.
 
     - Jacob deGrom (deh-GRAHM') picked up his first victory in nearly two months and received rare run support in the Mets' 8-0 rout of the Reds. DeGrom struck out 10, and scattered four hits over six shutout innings that lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.77. Brandon Nimmo (NIH'-moh) and Austin Jackson each had three hits and three RBIs as New York took the rubber match of the three-game set.
 
     - The Orioles pulled out a 5-4 win over the Rays on Trey Mancini's two-run double in the ninth inning. Tim Beckham, Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo homered for Baltimore. Carlos Gomez doubled home a tiebreaking run in the eighth before the Rays dropped back to .500.
 
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     ST. LOUIS (AP) - The 100th edition of the PGA Championship began this morning for the last time in the stifling heat of summer.
 
     Club pro Michael Block hit the opening tee shot down the middle at Bellerive Country Club. The course is playing long and soft because of rain on Tuesday and temperatures in the 90s that require PGA officials to keep water on the greens.
 
     The PGA Championship moves to the middle of May next year.
 
     Tiger Woods, defending champion Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy are getting most of the attention from the morning side of the draw. Thomas will try to join Woods as the only players in the stroke-play history of the tournament to successfully defend their titles. Thomas is coming off last weekend's victory in the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.
 
     Block is among 20 club pros who qualified for this major. He is the first club pro in six years to qualify for the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year.
 
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      MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died at 36 following a long struggle with cancer. He returned to the U.S. PGA Tour in 2013 after apparently having beaten cancer for a second time. But the illness returned and Lyle last week announced his decision to forego further treatment and enter palliative care.
 

 


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